First Assist Surg Tech II
Company: MyMichigan Health
Posted on: November 21, 2022
General Summary -
This position prepares the surgical suite for the procedure by
assisting the surgical technologist along with the registered nurse
in gathering equipment, instruments, and supplies to perform the
procedure. Assure all supplies and equipment are available for the
procedure and in working condition. This position assists the
surgeon in the care of the patient while in the operating room
through providing exposure, aid in hemostasis, closure and other
intraoperative technical functions that help the surgeon carry out
a safe operation with maximum results for the patient. In providing
proper draping, retracting, suctioning, sponging, suturing, tissue
handling and cautery techniques. The assistant will apply
appropriate dressing material specific to procedure. This position
assists the surgeon in the care of the patient while in the
operating room through utilization of the operating room team
The operating room has a career ladder and the details are as
FA I= A surgical technologist who was on the job trained as a
surgical technologist and who is on the job trained as a First
Assistant, no formal training (grandfathered in their role)
FAII = A surgical technologist with a certification (CST) in
surgical technology, and on the job trained as a First Assistant
FA III= A surgical technologist with a certification (CST) in
surgical technology, and certified as a CSFA or CSA but on the job
FA IV= A surgical technologist with a certification (CST) in
surgical technology, and/or formally educated by an accredited
program as a first assistant and/or certified from their formal
education as a CSFA or CSA; this would include the Master's
prepared First Assistants
- Demonstrates knowledge of surgical procedure, anatomy and
physiology, and operative techniques related to specific
- Assures all necessary supplies, equipment or instruments are
opened or available. Ensure items are charged for appropriately by
confirming with nurse and surgical technologist.
- Assists physician as directed with proper positioning, draping,
retracting, suctioning, sponging, tissue handling, cautery
techniques, stapling devices, and suturing.
- Assists team members in transportation, positioning and total
care of patients.
OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Demonstrates a broad range of knowledge with proficiency in
preparation of surgical procedures and has versatility in filling
Participates in orientation, ongoing competencies, education, and
staff development.(including staff meetings).
Participates in regulatory surveys.
Participates in performance improvement activities.
Fulfills on-call responsibilities and extra shift coverage as
Demonstrates a positive, courteous, and helpful attitude toward
patients, visitors, physicians, and co-workers.
Remains calm and efficient when working in stressful
Shares information and reports significant changes and/or abnormal
findings to appropriate team members.
Attend and/or participate in professional association activities
and programs to assure being current on regulations, guidelines,
and professional standards of care.
Remain current on new developments in healthcare by reading
professional journals and attending seminars when applicable.
Other duties as assigned.
EXPERIENCE, TRAINING AND SKILLS:
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
Once career ladder implemented at medical center, first assistant
must complete skills/practice competency as described in the career
ladder for current first assistant level.
A surgical tech who graduated from a CAAHEP-accredited surgical
tech program or military surgical tech training program
5 years of Surgical Technologist experience preferred.
MyMichigan Health is a technology driven organization and employees
need to demonstrate competency in Microsoft Windows.
An employee may be required to participate in further learning
opportunities offered by MyMichigan 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
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
Frequently required to sit/stand/walk for long periods of time.
May require frequent postural changes such as stooping, kneeling or
Some exposure to blood-borne pathogens and other potentially
Must follow MyMichigan Health blood borne pathogen and TB testing
Ability to handle multiple tasks, get along with others, work
independently, regular and predictable attendance and ability to
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.
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