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Certified Surgical First Asst

Methodist Health System locationOmaha, NE
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info linkReport a probelm Originally Posted : November 19, 2021 | Expires : January 18, 2022


Job Location
Omaha, NE, United States


  • Purpose of Job
    • Allied health professional working as a part of the team delivering surgical care by assisting physicians and maintaining a sterile field during surgical procedure through consistent application of aseptic techniques.
  • Job Requirements
    • Education
      • High School degree or equivalency required.
      • Associate or Bachelor degree in Allied Health field preferred.
      • Graduation from an accredited Certified Surgical First Assistant program required.
      • Satisfactory completion of annual mandatory education requirements and certification maintenance.

    • Experience
      • Minimum of two years of operating room experience required.
      • Demonstrated proficiency in multiple specialty areas required.
      • Previous experience in preceptor role preferred.

    • License/Certifications
      • Certification from an accredited Certified Surgical First Assistant program required.
      • Approved continuing education resulting in currency per the Liaison Council of Certification for Surgical Technologists required.
      • Current American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification required.

    • Skills/Knowledge/Abilities
      • Ability to perform mathematical computations.
      • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
      • Ability to multitask and prioritize work tasks.
      • Knowledge of medical diagnoses, procedures and treatment protocols related to area of expertise.
      • Knowledge of HIPAAA requirements and organizational expectations of confidentiality.
      • Ability to establish effective working relationships with coworkers, physicians and team members.
  • Physical Requirements
    • Weight Demands
      • Medium Work - Exerting up to 50 pounds of force.

    • Physical Activity
      • Occasionally Performed (1%-33%):
        • Climbing
        • Crawling
        • Kneeling
        • Sitting
      • Frequently Performed (34%-66%):
        • Balancing
        • Carrying
        • Crouching
        • Distinguish colors
        • Keyboarding/typing
        • Lifting
        • Pulling/Pushing
        • Repetitive Motions
        • Stooping/bending
        • Twisting
      • Constantly Performed (67%-100%):
        • Fingering/Touching
        • Grasping
        • Hearing
        • Reaching
        • Seeing/Visual
        • Speaking/talking
        • Standing
        • Walking

    • Job Hazards
      • Not Related: - Electrical Shock/Static
      • Rare (1-33%):
        • Radiation Alpha, Beta and Gamma (particles such as X-ray, Cat Scan, Gamma Knife, etc)
        • Radiation Non-Ionizing (Ultraviolet, visible light, infrared and microwaves that causes injuries to tissue or thermal or photochemical means)
      • Occasionally (34%-66%):
        • Physical hazards (noise, temperature, lighting, wet floors, outdoors, sharps) (more than ordinary office environment)
        • Equipment/Machinery/Tools
        • Explosives (pressurized gas)
        • Hazardous Drugs (exposure risks, personal protective equipment required)
      • Frequent (67%-100%):
        • Chemical agents (Toxic, Corrosive, Flammable, Latex)
        • Biological agents (primary air born and blood born viruses) (Jobs with Patient contact) (BBF)
        • Mechanical moving parts/vibrations
  • Essential Job Functions
    • Essential Functions I
      • Performs preoperative preparation.

        • Reviews physician preference list before operative procedure and assembles supplies and equipment needed for procedure.

        • Opens sterile supplies using sterile technique.
        • Transfers medications and solutions to the sterile field according to policy.

        • Communicates clearly and collaborates with other members of the perioperative team to prepare operative procedure.
        • Prepares the case cart postoperative for central sterilizing return according to department policy.

      • Functions as scrub person during operative procedure by preparing, monitoring, and maintaining a sterile field.
        • Completes surgical scrub according to policy.
        • Performs scrub duties in an accurate, concise and timely manner.
        • Wears appropriate personal protective apparel (PPA) and follows standard policy for attire in the operating room.
        • Follows policy for wearing protective eye-wear during procedures.
        • Maintains sterile instruments and supplies in organized manner.
        • Performs counts according to facility policy and procedure during procedure and hand-off situations.
        • Accurately performs all sponge, needle, and sharps counts at appropriate times with surgical staff.
        • Assists with draping sterile field according to standard.
        • Watches progress of the operation and anticipates needs of team members.

        • Disassembles instruments and equipment and transports to processing department.
        • Assists with cleaning room and prepares for subsequent procedure.
        • Cleans operating room suite between cases and participates in turnover.
        • Checks indicators and integrity of packages for each patient procedure.
        • Recognizes unseen boundaries between sterile and non-sterile.
        • Immediately communicates any changes in procedures, patient condition, or procedure.
        • Communicates for a safe and accurate hand-off with team members to assure accuracy of critical patient care information and specimen disposition.

        • Prepares and properly disposes of sharps, blood, and waste prior to leaving room according to department policy.

      • Applies base knowledge and principles during operative procedure (Intraoperative Surgical).
        • Demonstrates base knowledge of anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, microbiology and pharmacology for optimal surgical patient care.
        • Principles of computer science, electricity and robotics as needed for surgical patient care.

        • Principles of sterile technique during the surgical procedure.

      • Follows policy and procedure for Intraoperative Surgical procedures.
        • Participates in surgical time-out, fire risk assessment, and case summary for each operative procedure.

        • Identifies labels and handles specimens including hand-off situations and disposition of specimen.

        • Labels medications and specimen identification and disposition.

      • Demonstrates collegiality and leadership qualities.
        • Demonstrates awareness of, and participation in performance improvement activities.
        • Reports potential performance improvement problems, to coordinators, core nurse and service leader, assists in problem solving.
        • Maintains compliance with department call requirements, adjusts hours to meet patient services.

      • Provides appropriate care specific to the age of the customer/patient, to ensure understanding and comfort level of treatment as outlined in the Population Specific Criteria.
        • Demonstrates ability to identify opportunities for and give individualized customer service/patient care according to customer/patient needs.

      • Demonstrates ongoing awareness of, and participation in, performance improvement activities.
        • Is alert to potential performance improvement problems, reports information to charge nurse and managers, and actively participates in problem solving.

        • Conscientiously and continuously applies the principles and tools learned during PI training on a daily basis.

      • Demonstrates proper use and care of instruments and equipment in accordance with department standard.
        • Properly reports equipment malfunctions to the appropriate charge person or equipment supervisor.

        • Demonstrates correct and safe technique in the use of equipment according to specific product information and department policy and procedure.
        • Checks for correct function of equipment prior to actual use and returns to proper location. Cleans equipment properly.
        • Exhibits proper use of suturing and stapling devices.

        • Stocks supplies and instruments in operating room and labor and delivery as necessary.

      • Demonstrates adaptability and flexibility by performing scrub duties for a variety of surgical procedures.
        • Able to perform 100% of cases in specialty services.

        • Maintains positive attitude.
        • Accepts assignments and communicates concerns in a professional manner.
        • Complies with call-in time and policies.
        • Adheres to policy and procedures of the department of patient care services and the hospital and holds others accountable for following them.
        • Complies with specific hospital and department's policies concerning safety.
        • Adjusts hours to meet patient services when cases are more or less than scheduled.
        • Maintains compliance with the department call coverage.

      • Maintains professional appearance, behavior and work environment.
        • Provide assistance as needed to include scanning of patient information, organizing patient charts, greeting and escorting patients to room, and answering phone.

    • Essential Functions II

      • Participates in mandatory in-services and/or CE programs as mandated by policies and procedures/external agencies and as directed by management.

      • Follows and understands the mission, vision, core values, Employee Standards of Behavior and company policies/procedures.

      • Other duties as assigned.

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