First Assist Surg Tech IV
Company: MidMichigan Health
Posted on: May 12, 2019
Day Shift: 40 Hrs/Wk; 80 Hrs/Pay
Weekend & Holiday Rotation: Per schedule
Pay Grade: 13
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. Assists the RN circulator and
anesthesia provider in preparation of the patient to include foley
catheter placement, tourniquet placement, placement of intravenous
catheters, cricoid pressure application, and other procedures as
needed. This position assists the surgeon by 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 concept.
(50%)* Demonstrates knowledge of surgical procedure, anatomy and
physiology, and operative techniques related to specific
(20%)* Assures all necessary supplies, equipment or instruments are
opened or available. Ensure items are charged for appropriately by
confirming with nurse and surgical technologist.
(20%)* Assists physician as directed with proper positioning,
draping, retracting, suctioning, sponging, tissue handling, cautery
techniques, stapling devices, suturing, and selecting along with
applying the appropriate wound dressings.
(10%)* 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 staffing
as a surgical technologist if needed.
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.
- High School Diploma or GED
- Technical Certificate
Education equivalent experience:
- Associate's or Bachelor's degree preferred.
- Knowledge of surgical procedures and standards of practice
acquired through a surgical technology program accredited through
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program
(CAAHEP) which upon completion may certify for certified surgical
technologist exam or completion of a certified Surgical Technology
program which upon completion of program may receive a National
Center for Competency Testing (NCCT) certification. Certifications
must be valid with National Board of Surgical Technology and
Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) and National Center for Competency
- Cert Surgical First Assistant
- Basic Life Support
Credential equivalent experience:
- Certification is conferred by the National Board of Surgical
Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA), and the National
Surgical Assistant Association (NSAA), and American Board of
Surgical Assistants (ABSA). Initial certification as a Certified
Surgical First Assistant (CSFA), Certified Surgical Assistant
(CSA), and Surgical Assistant-Certified (SA-C) is based upon
satisfactory performance of the national certifying examination
from each organization's credentialing body, following completion
of an accredited program in surgical assisting or another pathway
acceptable to the NBSTSA, NSAA, AND ABSA. Maintained CSFA or CSA or
SA-C. .If not obtained, must be obtained within two years of
signing job description. If career ladder implemented at medical
center, first assistant must complete skills/practice competency as
described in the career ladder for current first assistant
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
One year or more of surgical assisting preferred.
MidMichigan 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 MidMichigan Health.
Physical/Mental Requirements and 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
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
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.Apply!
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