Surgical First Assistant

Summary of Duties:

This position functions as a first assistant to the cardiothoracic surgeons at Mercy and United Hospitals. The first assistant provides aid in exposure, hemostasis, and other technical functions that will help the surgeon perform a safe operation with optimal results for the patient.

Accountabilities:

Function as a first assistant and second assistant to the surgeon during cardiac, thoracic, and peripheral vascular procedures.

Harvest saphenous vein and harvest radial artery per bypass protocol

Assist with closure of wounds including suturing and application of dressings

Assist with insertion of Intra-aortic Balloon Pump (IABP), Left Ventricular Assist devices (LVADs), etc.

Assist in moving and positioning the patient for surgery.

Assist in draping the patient and preparing the surgical field with everything needed for the procedure including but not limited to cautery, suction, and pump-tubing.

Anticipate the moves and technique of the surgeon.

Perform any and all other tasks required by the surgeon incident to the particular surgical procedure.

Cover call rotation on evenings and weekends at Mercy and United Hospitals.

Participate and obtain continuing medical education (CME) as required to maintain skills and knowledge.

Attend and participate in scheduled meetings.

Employment Selection Criteria:

Graduate of an approved, certified Surgical Technologist program OR documented experience assuring the competencies to perform responsibilities for which hospital privileges are requested; Minimum two (2) years surgical experience

Demonstrate application of knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and other cognitive education with additional education in the use of surgical instruments on tissues versus the handling of instruments.

Recognize the importance of teamwork and have the ability to communicate and interact effectively with physicians, peers, clinic staff and hospital staff.

Identify emergency situations and use sound judgement in instituting established procedures to respond to emergencies in a calm, efficient and effective manner.

Respect the patient’s right to privacy, dignity, and confidentiality.

Apply the principles of asepsis in a knowledgeable manner to provide optimal patient care.

Demonstrate initiative in expanding knowledge of new surgical procedures and subjects relating to the operating and the surgical patient.

Current training in Basic Life Support (BLS) and current certification in Advance Cardiac Life Support (ACLS).

Preferred experience assisting cardiovascular and/or thoracic surgery.

Demonstrated strengths in the following competencies:

Patient Focus

Composure

Integrity and Trust

Humor

Interpersonal Savvy

Standing Alone

Problem Solving

Time Management

Action Oriented

Communication (written and verbal)

Adaptability

Intellectual Horsepower

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As an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer, all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran or disability status.

Additional Info

  • Date Posted: Tuesday, 08 August 2017
  • Location: MHVI
  • Job Title: Surgical First Assistant
  • Reports to:: Director of Operations
  • Job Status/Hours: Full Time (1.0)