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Trinity Health Student Surgical Tech Intern PRN in Sioux City, Iowa

Employment Type:

Part time


Day Shift


Employment Type:




Position Purpose:

Under direct supervision, provides care to patients of all ages during surgical intervention. Practices directly under the supervision and direction of the surgeon, registered nurse circulator, certified surgical technologist, or physician assistant during the intra-operative phase of patient care. Is responsible for preparing the operating room for the surgical procedure including the instruments, equipment, and supplies. Maintains the sterile field during the surgical procedure. The Surgical Tech student may also help serve in other roles on the surgical team and is expected to second or third or fourth scrub all surgical specialties.

What you will Do:

  • Assumes the responsibility of maintenance of the OR department in a patient ready state, including cleaning and stocking of supplies/equipment.

  • Applies knowledge of surgical anatomy, physiology and operative technique relative to operative procedures.

  • Applies principles of asepsis and infection control.

  • Assists with position, prepping, and draping of the patient.

  • Assists with exposure through appropriate use of instruments, retractors, suctioning, and sponging.

  • Assists with handling tissue as directed and supervised by the surgeon during the operative procedure

  • Applies surgical dressings and stack drain reservoirs.

  • Promotes and maintains a safe and calm environment for patients by ensuring appropriate supplies and equipment are readily available.

  • Exhibits professional behavior to peers which is demonstrated by maintaining and/or increasing skills needed for personal development, providing a cohesive team environment, and proactive in problem solving.

  • Complies with all policies and procedures.

  • Maintains cleanliness of assigned department including treatment areas and equipment.

  • Responds to numerous telephones, intercom, visitor or staff inquiries and relays accurate messages to appropriate person in a timely manner exercising good judgment.

  • Receives and records telephone reports from other departments, and utilizing good judgment, relays information to nurse in charge or other appropriate personnel.

  • Initiates appropriate response and demonstrates proper judgment in critical situations.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Has completed the Surgical Technology Program or is enrolled in and has passed test out to go to the clinical settings.

  • Maintains Basic Cardiac Life Support certification unless a doctor’s release is provided in which case yearly proficiency must be demonstrated through oral and written testing.

  • Maintains a current Mandatory Reporter for Dependent adults and children.

  • Is able to communicate effectively with all members of the health care team.

  • Is able to perform a variety of duties characterized by frequent change.

  • Maintains a high level of professionalism, which positively promotes the image of MercyOne Medical Center.

Position Highlights and Benefits

  • The tri-state region, referred to as Western Iowa or Siouxland, is highlighted by safe and friendly communities, excellent schools and a mix of peaceful rural areas and vibrant city atmosphere where Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota meet at the Missouri River.

  • Situated in the heart of downtown Sioux City, MercyOne Siouxland Medical Center is also well positioned for urban living in any of the newly renovated apartments, downtown lofts, or townhome living options. The downtown also features a historic district with excellent restaurants and social spots, and you'll just be steps away from the beautifully renovated Warrior Hotel for dinner and the gorgeous Orpheum Theatre for entertainment.

We care about your well-being, both physical and mental, which is why our benefit package includes:

  • Wellness programs

  • Education reimbursement

  • Personalized health insurance plans including dental and vision

  • Paid time off

  • Long- and short-term leave

  • Retirement planning

  • Life insurance coverage

Ministry/Facility Information

MercyOne Western Iowa serves the needs of individuals in a 33-county area including western Iowa, eastern Nebraska and southeastern South Dakota. MercyOne Siouxland Medical Center ( , a 238-bed regional facility, is home to the only Level II trauma center in the area – one of only four trauma care facilities in the state to receive verification from the American College of Surgeons – and MercyOne Air Med, a regional helicopter ambulance service. Along with owned and managed hospitals in Primghar ( and Hawarden, Iowa, and a partnership with Dunes Surgical Hospital ( in South Dakota, the region also operates a primary care network, specialty care clinics and home health care, providing an entire continuum of preventative, primary, acute and tertiary health care services to provide personalized, compassionate care for the communities we serve and beyond.

MercyOne Siouxland Medical Center and all its affiliates are proud to be equal opportunity employers. We do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state, or local protected class.

Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Trinity Health is one of the largest not-for-profit, Catholic healthcare systems in the nation. Built on the foundation of our Mission and Core Values, we integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion in all that we do. Our colleagues have different lived experiences, customs, abilities, and talents. Together, we become our best selves. A diverse and inclusive workforce provides the most accessible and equitable care for those we serve. Trinity Health is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by law.

Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Trinity Health is a family of 115,000 colleagues and nearly 26,000 physicians and clinicians across 25 states. Because we serve diverse populations, our colleagues are trained to recognize the cultural beliefs, values, traditions, language preferences, and health practices of the communities that we serve and to apply that knowledge to produce positive health outcomes. We also recognize that each of us has a different way of thinking and perceiving our world and that these differences often lead to innovative solutions.

Our dedication to diversity includes a unified workforce (through training and education, recruitment, retention, and development), commitment and accountability, communication, community partnerships, and supplier diversity.

EOE including disability/veteran