Sr First Assistant Nurse(RN) Position Summary:
Under general direction of nursing leadership, the Sr. First
Assistant RNworks in collaboration with the surgeon and health care
team members to achieve optimal patient outcomes for the surgical
patient. The Sr. First Assistant RN uses their clinical judgment
and skills acquired through RN licensure and specialized First
Assistant training to provide safe competent surgical first
assisting skills to the surgeon and patient. This position links
nursing leadership with nursing care through the application of
organizational and nursing service policies, procedures, and care
delivery model. The Sr. First Assistant RN uses the Code of Ethics
for Nurses with Interpretive Statements to guide leadership and
practice. The Sr. First Assistant RN attains knowledge and
competence reflective of current nursing practice; promotes
innovation and futuristic thinking by incorporating evidence based
practice and research findings.
A day in the life as aSr First Assistant Nurse (RN) with
* (40%)* Functions as first assistant to the surgeon.
Demonstrates knowledge of surgical procedure, anatomy and
physiology, and operative techniques related to specific procedure.
* (30%)* Assists physician as directed with proper draping,
retracting, suctioning, sponging, tissue handling, cautery
techniques, stapling devices, suturing * (10%)* First Assistants
must be able to navigate through the PACS system and EMR * (10%)*
Assures all necessary supplies, equipment or instruments are opened
or available. * (10%)* Assures that all special instruments are
assembled, disassembled, cleaned and maintained properly.
OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
* Assists team members in transportation, positioning and total
care of patients. * Demonstrates a broad range of knowledge with
proficiency in preparation of surgical procedures and has
versatility in filling varying roles. * In the performance of the
regular job duties, it is appropriate for this job code to have
access to the medication dispenser and to dispense medications. *
Participates in the training of new personnel. * Participates in
staff development by attending in-services. * Covers call shifts
and overtime as assigned. * Demonstrates a positive, courteous and
helpful attitude toward patients, visitors, physicians, and
co-workers. * Other duties as assigned.
REQUIRED EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, TRAINING AND SKILLS:
* Associate Degree in Nursing required, Bachelor Degree in
Nursing preferred * Licensed Registered Nurse in the State of
Michigan * Knowledge of surgical practices and procedures required.
* Manual dexterity and mechanical skills needed to properly use and
hold surgical instruments. * Interpersonal skills needed to
communicate successfully with individuals and groups and interact
with people at all levels to communicate ideas and concepts in a
clear and understandable manner. * Certified Nurse of the Operating
Room (CNOR) at the time of hire preferred. * CSFA, CSA, SA-C, CRNFA
preferred. * At least 5 years intraoperative experience preferred.
* MidMichigan Health is a technology driven organization and
employees need to demonstrate competency in MicrosoftWindows. * An
employee may be required to participate in further learning
opportunities offered by MidMichigan Health.
PHYSICAL/MENTAL REQUIREMENTS AND TYPICAL WORKING
CONDITIONS:Exposure to stressful situations, including those
involving public contact, as well as, trauma, grief and death. Able
to wear personal protective equipment that includes latex materials
or appropriate substitute if required for your position.Is able to
move freely about facility with or without an assisted device and
must be able to perform the functions of the job as outlined in the
job description. Overall vision and hearing is necessary with or
without assisted device(s).Frequently required to sit/stand/walk
for long periods of time.May require frequent postural changes such
as stooping, kneeling or crouching. Some exposure to blood borne
pathogens and other potentially infectious material.Must follow
MidMichigan Health bloodborne pathogen and TB testing as required.
Ability to handle multiple tasks, get along with others, work
independently, regular and predictable attendance and ability to
stay awake.Overall dexterity is required including handling,
reaching, grasping, fingering and feeling.May require repetition of
these movements on a regular to frequent basis. Physical Demand
Level: Medium.Must be able to occasionally (0-33% of the workday)
lift or carry 21-50 lbs., frequently 34-66% of the workday 20 lbs.
and or Walk/Stand/Push/Pull of Arm/Leg controls and constantly
(67-100% or the workday) 10 lbs.