Surgical Care Affiliates

Certified Surgical Technologist

Job Location US-CA-Encinitas
Hidden (27773)


SCA, a leader in the outpatient surgery industry, strategically partners with health plans, medical groups and health systems across the country to develop and optimize surgical facilities. SCA operates more than 210 surgical facilities, including ambulatory surgery centers and surgical hospitals, in partnership with approximately 7,500 physicians. For more information on SCA, visit


Facility Description:


UCSD Center for Surgery of Encinitas is affiliate of Surgical Care Affiliates/Optum Health and is a values-based healthcare provider committed to delivering world class healthcare. 


UCSD Center for Surgery of Encinitas is a multispecialty facility located in beautiful north county San Diego with a great reputation for providing high quality care in the community.  Our outpatient surgery services include Orthopedic, Cataract, ENT, Plastic Surgery, Podiatry, General Surgery and Pain Management.  We are a growing, fast paced facility and currently expanding our specialties.  We offer an exceptional workplace culture and generally work Monday through Friday with no call.

Accountabilities / Responsibilities

The Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) is responsible for the provision of patient care to meet identified patient outcomes, and to achieve the goals of the facility as directed by the Registered Nurse. MUST have at least 2 years of experience in Orthopedic and ENT cases, Ophthalmology is a plus. The CST performs duties according to scope of practice designated by the facility position description, role and responsibilities and according to the surgical technologist professional organization and certification board.



Key Responsibilities:

  • Assists with the care, preparation, maintenance and after-care of sterile and unsterile supplies and equipment.
  • Knows and practices the principles and techniques of sterile/aseptic technique.
  • Delivers safe patient care as directed by the Registered Nurse and according to facility policy and procedure
  • Demonstrates ability to meet patients and family's learning needs as identified in the plan of care under the direction of the Clinical Leader/Registered Nurse
  • Demonstrates appropriate knowledge and competence of designated skills identified for position.
  • Utilizes time effectively.
  • Follows established facility policies and procedures with regard to attendance
  • Completes all documentation to ensure the availability of accurate and up to date information in accordance with established standards
  • Adheres to established facility safety requirements and procedures to ensure a safe working environment
  • Assists with housekeeping tasks as necessary to provide a safe environment for patients, teammates, physicians, guests.
  • Interacts with all patients, families, visitors and fellow employees in a mature, responsible manner to ensure a positive and professional environment
  • Assists in Sterile Processing Department as needed by the center. Prepares the autoclaves, operating rooms, and the work rooms at the beginning of each day. Monitors autoclaves/Steris units daily – biological and steam penetration testing. Completes appropriate documentation on all sterilization processes. Cleans autoclaves monthly.
  • Damp dusts all surfaces daily, damp dusts all flat surfaces and lights in the operating rooms prior to opening sterile packs. Assists with the preparation of the operating room for surgical procedures.
  • Assists with the care, preparation, maintenance and after-care of sterile and unsterile supplies and equipment.
  • Performs all other duties as assigned by management


  • Graduate of a recognized and accredited Operating Room Technician Program. 
  • Prior documented 3 years experience as an ORT preferred. 
  • MUST have at least 2 years of experience in outpatient Orthopedic and ENT cases, Ophthalmology a plus.
  • Current Surgical Technologist certification preferred.  
  • Successful completion of BCLS Course within 90 days of employment or documentation of current BCLS certification.


As a representative of Surgical Care Affiliates, all comments, attitudes, actions, and behaviors have a direct effect on the Facility’s image and perceptions of quality service. Interaction with patients, families, physicians, referral sources, affiliating schools, visitors, volunteers, co-workers, supervisors, vendors, etc. must be in a manner that is friendly, supportive, courteous, respectful, cooperative, and professional. This behavior should promote an atmosphere of teamwork, which is congruent with Facility standards and guidelines to promote positive relations.


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