Surgical First Assist

Job Requisition #: JR57651

End Date: 10/29/2021

Location: Elkton, Maryland

Position Type: Clinical (non-nursing), Professional, Technician (Clinical)

Shift: Day Shift, Rotation Day/Evening/Morning

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Job Summary: Functions as a first assistant during operative and other invasive procedures in accordance with credentials, privileges, experience, education and competency verification.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

- Promotes the mission, vision, and values of the organization.

- Reviews patient health data relevant to the operative or invasive procedure (i.e. history and physical).

- Functions as a first assistant during operative and other invasive procedures by: o providing exposure through correct use of instruments, retractors, suction, and sponging techniques as directed by the surgeon; o handling and dissecting tissues as directed by the surgeon; o clamping blood vessels, coagulating bleeding points, and ligating vessels as directed by the surgeon; o placing drains as directed by the surgeon; o suturing muscle, fascia, subcutaneous, and skin as directed by the surgeon.

- Serves as a resource to peers, colleagues, and others in relation to first assistant activities.

- Maintains regulatory, credentialing, and privileging requirements necessary for practice as a first assistant.

- Participates in ongoing educational and competency verification activities applicable to first assistant activities. - Maintains privacy and confidentiality of individuals and health information.

- Participates in ongoing quality and performance improvement activities in accordance with position, education, and practice environment. - Initiates changes in perioperative practice through knowledge gained and shared via the quality and performance improvement process.

- Compares quality of practice to current literature and guidelines, facility or health care organization policies and procedures, and regulatory and accreditation standards.

Education: High School Diploma or equivalency

Licenses / Certifications: Required: American Heart Association BLS Certification in surgical technology from AST or degree from accredited first assistant training program required such as Military Training as Surgical First Assist Preferred: American Heart Association ACLS Certification as a first assist assistant

Operating Room Experience: Previous experience in Operating Room or related area required. Knowledgeable on the standard of practice in Surgical Technology and Surgical First Assisting.

Work Schedule: Shift changes may occur according to Union Hospital's scheduling policy to accommodate the need of the unit. This includes working irregular hours including call hours.

EEO Statement: Christiana Care Health System is an equal opportunity employer, firmly committed to prohibiting discrimination, whose staff is reflective of its community, and considers qualified applicants for open positions without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, disability, pregnancy, citizenship status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.

UPDATE: ChristianaCare is committed to prioritizing the health and safety of our patients and caregivers. As we continue to meet the needs of our caregivers and our community through the COVID-19 pandemic, our commitment to health and safety requires that we take new steps to ensure a safe environment for medical care for our patients and a workplace that avoids preventable harm for our caregivers. For this reason, vaccination for COVID-19 is required for all caregivers at ChristianaCare and is considered a safety standard that is job-related and consistent with business necessity for all caregivers.

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