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Surgical Assistant

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Bachelors degree is required
To actively assist the surgeon during a surgical operation, establishing a good working team.Performs duties in support of the Medical Center mission to ensure the highest quality of patient care in an economically sound and efficient manner.
Assists operative team with room and patient preparation
Assists with pre-operative surgical preparation
Assist with circulating nurse, as required. (RNFA)
Functions as surgical assistant to the primary surgeon during operative or other invasive procedures and throughout the perioperative continuum in accordance with scope of practice, credentials, privileges, education, and experience.
Demonstrates proficiency in:
Knot-tying techniques
Skin stapling
Suctioning
Maintaining a sterile field
Identifying heat source correct mode
Applying dressing and casting material
Use of instruments
Accompanies anesthesia with transfer of patient to PACU.
Provides accurate report details to PACU nurse as indicated
Generates post-operative CPOE orders per physician preference and assures co-signature by attending physician on all orders (PAs only
Complies with all statutes, regulations, and institutional policies relevant to scope of practice
Functions autonomously as part of the surgical health care team to achieve optimal patient outcomes in the preoperative and postoperative management of surgical patients and their complex responses to the surgical process.
Functions in the perioperative arena with responsibilities based on role-specific competency, patient populations, practice environments, accessibility of human and fiscal resources, and healthcare organization policy
Leadership/Professionalism
Interacts with patients, visitors and other customers in a courteous, professional and service oriented manner. Communicates in a positive, helpful and friendly manner at all times, using appropriate body language, eye contact and tone of voice, Maintains constructive relationships at all times.
Interacts with co-workers, Medical Center staff and supervisors in a courteous, professional and service oriented manner. Communicates in a positive, helpful and friendly manner at all times, using appropriate body language, eye contact and tone of voice. Maintains constructive relationships at all times
Interacts with all patients and visitors in an appropriate manner, taking into consideration physical condition, mental condition, age and any other pertinent factors. Displays sensitivity to the individual needs of each patient and/or visitor. Maintains the self-confidence and self-esteem of others.
Discusses problems, concerns and/or suggestions in a constructive and professional manner and in an appropriate forum. Focuses on the situation, issue or behavior and not the person. Takes initiative to make things better
Education and Training:
Current licensure to practice as a Physician Assistant in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
OR
Current licensure to practice Professional Nursing in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and satisfactory completion of a Registered Nurse First Assistant Course
OR
Who has completed an accredited graduate-level education program and obtained a license to practice as an ARNP in one of the four APRN roles: certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA), certified nurse-midwife (CNM), clinical nurse specialist (CNS), or certified nurse practitioner (CNP)
Experience:
PA/RNFA/ARNP: 2 years employment experience as a surgical first assistant (preferred).



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