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Duke University Health System Job Description



Job Code: 4546
Job Level: B2
Revised Date: 09/29/2005
Supervisory Responsibility: No

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General Description of the Job Class

Performs selected patient care tasks within the Duke Birthing Center under the supervision of Nursing Services to include, but not limited to preparing patients, equipment, and supplies for delivery, special obstetrical surgical procedures, and assisting the obstetrical surgical team. (Procedures and surgeries limited to obstetrics)


Duties and Responsibilities of this Level

Perform a variety of selected patient care tasks within the Birthing Center, including personal care procedures, as required to meet the needs and comfort of assigned patients.

Perform a variety of duties in the Birthing Center, to include: preparing of case carts, sterile supplies instruments, and equipment for obstetrical cases; handles instruments peri-operatively; creates and maintains a sterile field.

Assist nursing staff in deliveries as directed by nurse: preparation, positioning, transports, transfer and discharge of patient.

Sort, clean, and inspect surgical instruments in accordance with standard procedures and techniques. Prepares instruments for transport to Sterile Processing for sterilization and wrapping.

Stock rooms with supplies, equipment, and instruments according to written standard and as requested.

Obtain and record patient data for medical record: conduct, collect, and deliver routine tests on patient specimens; assist staff with special unit procedures i.e.: amniocentesis.

Communicates with patients and other members of the health care team to provide continuity and coordination of services.

Performs other related duties incidental to work described herein


Required Qualifications at this Level


Requires the ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions normally acquired through a high school education. Also required: heavy lifting and the ability to transport stretcher and wheelchair patients to various hospital locations.

Requires successful completion of three to six month Obstetrical Technician Training Program consisting of didactic and on-the-job training to develop skills necessary to perform job duties as assigned



Previous experience with opening sterile supplies and instrument handling preferred


Degrees, Licensure, and/or Certification:

NA certificate through NC Board of Nursing may be required (depending on the department need)


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

5100 Patient Experience 5101 Hospital Experience 5150 Sterile Technique 4301 Med/Surgical Supplies 4302 Med/Surgical Equipment 1500 Duke Hospital Layout 3008 OB/GYN


Distinguishing Characteristics of this Level



The intent of this job description is to provide a representative and level of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

Essential Physical Job Functions

Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.