The trained technician, under the direct supervision of the Registered Professional Nurse
and/or physician, is assigned as an assistant to specific service areas in the Surgical Suite.
The Preceptor acts as a peer role model, a teacher, and a social support for a new
employee in a clinical setting.
Assists orientees in the transition from dependence to independence in performing role
The Preceptor has overall accountability for the orientee.
An alternate to the preceptor may be utilized when the preceptor is not available.
Scheduled Days / Hours: 4 10 hour shifts;
Graduate of a nationally or regionally accredited educational program for Surgical Technologists; OR
Successful completion of an appropriate training program for Surgical Technology in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard of the United States or in the United Dates Public Health Service Commissioned Corps; OR
Equivalent experience – this applies to individuals that have been employed (as outlined in the Experience section below) as a Surgical Technologists prior to the effective date of NJSA 26:2H – 12.62 (i.e. 12/11/2011).
Previously employed to practice Surgical Technology in a health care facility on or before the effective date of NJSA 26:2H – 12.62 (12/11/2011); OR
Currently in the service of the federal government, to the extent that the individual is performing surgical technology duties related to that service.
1 year Surgical Technologist experience preferred.
1 year COOPER experience required, 3 years related experience preferred.
Required License/Certifications/ Registration:
Certified Surgical Technologist Credential administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) or its successor, or other nationally recognized credentialing organization (e.g. NCCT – National Center for Competency Testing, etc.).
Must annually complete 15 hours of continuing education to remain qualified to practice as a Surgical Technologist in NJ.
Additional unit-specific qualifications may be required.
The Preceptor is an individual who has a satisfactory performance evaluation and is willing to precept.
The individual will complete a Cooper University Hospital Tech/Nurse Associate/Unit Secretary/Companion Preceptor Course during orientation.
The Preceptor should be one who is able to:
Identify learning goals and competencies to be developed
Assess the orientee’s learning needs
Plan clinical learning activities
Guide orientees in the practice setting
Evaluate performance of the orientee