Career Opportunities

Mayo Clinic surgical services staff in surgery

Mayo Clinic's Division of Surgical Services offers a wide range of opportunities for individuals with varied levels of required education and work experiences.

Whether you have a vocational certificate or an associate, bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree, Mayo Clinic's multidisciplinary, team-oriented work environment presents opportunities that are rarely experienced elsewhere.

Search our job postings for a complete listing of opportunities and qualifications and to complete an application.

Positions, job titles and qualifications may vary by site.

Beginning your surgical services career path

  • Patient care assistant (PCA) or patient care technician (PCT)
  • Anesthesia technician
  • Surgical core technician, instrument processing technician or central sterile processing technician

Vocational certificate or associate degree

  • Certified surgical technologist or surgical technician
  • Certified surgical assistant or surgical assistant
  • Registered nurse (perioperative and perianesthesia)

Bachelor's degree

  • Registered nurse (perioperative and perianesthesia)
  • Registered nurse team lead
  • Registered nurse supervisor
  • Registered nurse manager

Master's degree

  • Clinical nurse educator or nurse education specialist
  • Registered nurse manager
  • Director
  • Nurse administrator
Mayo Clinic surgical services staff monitoring a patient

Patient care assistant (PCA) or patient care technician (PCT)

The patient care assistant (PCA) or patient care technician (PCT) plays a vital role in the health care team for providing optimal direct and indirect care to patients. Under the supervision of a registered nurse (RN), this position assists the nursing staff with delegated tasks such as:

  • Transporting patients
  • Stocking supplies
  • Equipment retrieval or maintenance (beds, heart monitors, bed lifts, and heating and cooling devices)
  • Obtaining vital signs
  • Purposeful rounding
  • Red bag material monitoring

Patient assistance may be needed with activities including feeding, dressing and mobility support. The responsibilities and title of this position may be different at each of our sites and may have slight variations in qualifications.

Requirements for this position can range from requiring a high school diploma or GED only to requiring a specific type of entry-level health care training or experience.

Anesthesia technician

The anesthesia technician assists physicians and other medical and surgical support staff in conducting activities necessary for patient assessment, treatment, anesthesia intervention, physiological monitoring and direct patient care.

Anesthesia technicians sterilize equipment and practice infection control and aseptic technique to support the anesthesia team and ensure all rooms and carts are adequately stocked with in-date supplies. At the direction and under the supervision of the anesthesia provider, the anesthesia technician assists with preparing medications in accordance with policies and assists with the insertion of invasive monitoring devices.

Technicians also perform patient identification procedures to ensure proper delivery of blood products and medications and operate surgical equipment under the direction of a licensed provider. The ability to assess data reflective of the patient's status and appropriately interpret information relative to the patient's age-specific needs is required.

Requirements for this position include a high school diploma or GED. Medical terminology, vocational training in the medical field and basic understanding of body mechanics is helpful in this role.

Surgical core technician, instrument processing technician or central sterile processing technician

The surgical core technician is responsible for performing delegated activities to support the operating room team in caring for surgical patients. Under the supervision of the nurse manager and core supervisor, the surgical core technician prepares and delivers medical and surgical supplies, instruments, and equipment for surgical procedures.

The surgical core technician cleans, packages and processes surgical equipment and instrumentation, as well as maintains inventory and storage of supplies in the core.

Requirements for this position can vary by Mayo Clinic site and may require a high school diploma or GED only or experience in the field. Certifications in this field are preferred and are required at some sites.

Mayo Clinic surgical services staff in surgery

Certified surgical technologist or surgical technician

A certified surgical technologist (CST) or surgical technician (ST) performs delegated activities to assist in the care of the patients in the operating room and procedure rooms. This position primarily functions in the scrub role and is an integral part of the surgical team, working closely in collaboration with the surgeon.

The surgical tech is responsible for selecting, preparing and maintaining instrumentation, equipment and supplies for each surgery and applies and enforces principles of aseptic technique to provide a safe, efficient environment for the surgical patient.

Situations can be unpredictable within the perioperative setting, and the surgical tech must be able to adapt, make quick decisions and provide assistance to the team. Having the knowledge of anatomy, instrumentation, patient safety and sterile technique is all required for this role.

Requirements for this position vary among sites. Some of our sites require a Certification in Surgical Technology from either the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) or the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT), along with graduation from an accredited and/or hospital-approved surgical technology program.

A high school diploma or GED equivalent is required. Other sites may only require the education requirements.

Certified surgical assistant or surgical assistant

A certified surgical assistant (CSA) or surgical assistant (SA) functions in the first or second assistant role, working alongside the surgeon in surgical procedures and anticipating the needs of the surgeon. This position requires a strong understanding of human surgical anatomy, principles of aseptic technique, and knowledge of the perioperative procedural policies and guidelines of the facility.

A few primary surgical skills for the surgical assistant are suturing, proper use of surgical instrumentation and proper positioning of surgical patients.

Requirements for this position can vary among sites. Some of our sites require a certification through the National Surgical Assistant Association (NSAA). Educational requirements may include an associate degree from a Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) surgical assistant program or an NSAA-approved program of surgical assisting.

Previous surgical experience as a surgical technician or surgical assistant may be required.

Mayo Clinic surgical services staff in surgery

Registered nurse (perioperative and perianesthesia)

RN operating room (perioperative)

The registered nurse in the operating room circulates and coordinates the surgical team in all aspects of operating room activities, providing for optimum perioperative nursing care to patients and functioning as the patients' advocate.

Circulating responsibilities include managing care in the operating room while creating a safe, organized environment for the entire surgical team. Key qualities specific to a circulating nurse are critical thinking, informed monitoring, accurate assessment and, most importantly, a focus on patient safety.

Requirements for this position include graduation from an accredited school of nursing and a state-specific RN license. Previous operating room experience also may be required. Educational requirements may vary by site. The Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) degree may be required for some sites and preferred at others.

Mayo Clinic surgical services staff in surgery

RN perianesthesia

This registered nurse position in the perianesthesia area prepares patients before complex surgical cases, including organ transplantation, and outpatient surgical cases. This individual provides professional nursing care and education to patients and family members while demonstrating compassion to patients, families and surgical team members.

Requirements for this position include graduation from an accredited school of nursing and a state-specific RN license. Previous operating room experience also may be required. Educational requirements may vary by site. The Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) degree may be required for some sites and preferred at others.

Registered nurse team lead

An RN team lead acts as a formal and informal leader in the unit while collaborating with the management staff to assist with daily planning and coordination of the assigned specialty area, work unit or department. Team leads are the first-line response for resolving issues for the patient, family, physician and other departments for the nurse supervisor or manager.

The team leader provides leadership through activities that include development of staff, teaching, community involvement, committee work, and participation in evidence-based practice and research.

Requirements for this position include graduation from an accredited school of nursing and a state-specific RN license. The Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) degree is required for this position. Previous nursing experience is required for this role, and the amount of experience may vary depending on the department and site. This position may not be found at all Mayo Clinic sites.

Mayo Clinic surgical services staff in hallway

Registered nurse supervisor

The registered nurse supervisor is the first-line manager responsible for patient care, operations management and staff development in his or her assigned specialty area. This individual promotes excellence based on department-specific and organizational goals.

The scope of responsibility for this position includes 24-hour clinical management accountability for assigned areas. The supervisor creates a professional environment conducive to the delivery of quality patient care and is an advocate for patient and staff safety.

This position requires collaboration with all other Mayo services to enhance patient care and ensure that appropriate care is delivered for the population served. The nurse supervisor supports leadership through activities that include community involvement and participation in teaching, committees and research.

Requirements for this position include graduation from an accredited school of nursing and a state-specific RN license. This position requires a bachelor's degree in nursing and previous nursing experience. A master's degree and leadership experience is preferred for this role. This position may not be found at all Mayo Clinic sites.

Registered nurse manager

The nurse manager is a role model with a global perspective who demonstrates leadership skills and is accountable for the implementation of the mission, vision and philosophy statements of Mayo Clinic and the Division of Surgical Services.

The nurse manager establishes standards of perioperative practice for quality patient care and establishes and implements continuous improvement initiatives. The nurse manager has fiscal accountability and operational management for a surgical specialty. The nurse manager works in collaboration with the director, surgical services administrator and operations administrator to establish a strategic plan incorporating practice, education and research to advance the vision of the perioperative practice.

The position requirements may vary by site. A master's degree in nursing may be required or preferred depending on previous nursing experience and the site.

Clinical nurse educator or nurse education specialist

A clinical nurse educator or nurse education specialist has the responsibility for supporting standards of practice, establishing staff education and training programs, and facilitating clinical research applicable to the service area.

The nurse educator collaborates with members of the nursing leadership team in Surgical Services to develop staff education plans for identified specialty areas and coordinates or provides appropriate education to meet those plans and regulatory standards. In addition, nurse educators establish clinical standards of practice and ensure that surgical professional organizational — such as AORN, AST and ASPAN — standards are met.

Responsibilities for this role include:

  • Serving as a resource for Surgical Services staff
  • Coordinating affiliations and allied health clinical programs with local educational institutions for registered nurses, surgical techs and anesthesia techs
  • Conducting Surgical Services orientation for new staff

Education and experience requirements vary among sites. A master's degree in nursing may be required or preferred, and other master's degrees may be considered if a bachelor's degree in nursing is completed. Previous RN experience is required to be considered for this role.

Mayo Clinic surgical services staff talking

Nurse administrator

The nurse administrator is responsible for the overall management and coordination of functions within a nursing department or division. The nurse administrator holds the accountability to manage within the context of the organization as a whole and to transform organizational values into daily operations yielding an efficient, effective and caring organization.

This includes management of designated clinical nursing practice as well as management of programs, systems and services that are evidence-based and support the clinical practice of nursing. Responsibilities are accomplished based on Mayo Clinic and the Department of Nursing's vision, mission and values.

The nurse administrator is responsible for developing, implementing, maintaining and evaluating policies, programs and services related to assigned functions. The nurse administrator participates in assessing the environment, forecasting trends, transmitting values, communicating ideas, coaching and mentoring others, managing resources, and assuring that core values are implemented.

Education and experience requirements vary by site. A master's degree in nursing may be required or preferred, and other master's degrees may be considered if a bachelor's degree in nursing is completed. Previous nursing leadership experience is required to be considered for this role.