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Surgical First Assist - Operating Room (PRN)

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San Antonio, TX, United States

Description

SHIFT: PRN

SCHEDULE: PRN/Per Diem

Center City San Antonio is the backdrop for a vibrant and diverse community of patients served by Metropolitan Methodist Hospital. Our 354 bed hospital offers outstanding heart and cancer care, general surgery, neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, obstetrics and gynecology services, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services, sleep disorder evaluation and the largest emergency room in downtown San Antonio. Our women’s pavilion, the only stand-alone facility in downtown San Antonio dedicated to the health of women and their newborn babies, has earned an excellent reputation, one baby at a time.
 
Metropolitan Methodist Hospital has been recognized by Modern Healthcare as a Best Place to Work in Healthcare and for the third consecutive year as a Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation. We are pleased to announce it is the first hospital in San Antonio to achieve Pathway to Excellence designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. We have also been nationally recognized by Leapfrog for our focus on safety and quality, receiving a Grade A Hospital Safety Score. For more information, please visit our website at www.sahealth.com and select Metropolitan Methodist Hospital under Locations.
 

 

We offer you a generous benefits package including: 

  • Medical, Dental, Disability and Life Insurance

  • Flexible Spending Accounts

  • Paid Time Off

  • Employee Discount Program

  • Employee Stock Purchase Program

  • Tuition Reimbursement

  • Student Loan Repayment

 

             

General Statement of Duties:

Performs responsibilities of OR Tech II in addition to the added responsibilities of Surgical First Assistant as described below. The Surgical First Assistant performs clinical skills under the direct supervision of the surgeon and practices in collaboration with the circulating RN and other health care team members. The Surgical First Assistant provides aid in exposure, hemostasis, and other technical functions that will help the surgeon carry out a safe operation with optimal results for the patient. The Surgical First Assistant is educated in the use of surgical instruments on tissues verses the handling of instruments; the First Assist does not concurrently function as the scrub nurse.

 

Essential Job Functions:

1. Functions as an assistant in the OR at the direction of the attending surgeon and practices within limitations of preparation and experience while maintaining a safe environment. Possesses an advanced working knowledge of operating room fundamentals, to include aseptic principles and techniques in hemostasis, closure of body planes, and visualization of the operative site.

2. Applies working knowledge of anatomy and physiology to provide visualization of the operative site using standard protocol to include appropriate packing with sponges, digital manipulation of tissue, suctioning, irrigating, or sponging, manipulation of suture materials (e.g. loops, rags, suturing), and uses proper body mechanics to prevent obstruction of the surgeon's view.

3. Assists with permanent or temporary hemostasis and/or during vein harvesting utilizing appropriate techniques as indicated by the surgeon and applying surgical instruments (e.g., non crushing clams, etc.). Permanent hemostasis techniques include clamping and/or cauterizing vessels and tissue, tying and/or ligating clamped vessels or tissue, applying hemostatic clips, or placing hemostatic agents. Temporary hemostasis techniques include applying vessel loops, applying non-crushing clamps, or applying direct digital pressure.

4. Assists with closure of body plane by utilizing appropriate techniques with the method indicated by the surgeon (e.g. sutures, staples, and/or spray occlusive material) utilizing running or interrupted subcutaneous sutures with absorbable or non-absorbable material, or subcuticular closure technique with or without skin closure strips.

5. Assists in consistently maintaining the patient's expected physiologic responses to surgery including infection prevention (SCIP measures and practices, wound management, maintaining effective disinfection practices, instrument processing, and sterilization).

6. Applies a working knowledge of patient pre-operative deficits, risk for intraoperative injuries, and possible post-operative outcomes to assist in optimal patient outcomes.

 

Qualifications

Minimum Education and Experience:
Education: Must have completed ALL of the following:
1. High School Diploma or GED
2. Successful completion of a CAAHEP accredited surgical first assistant training program
3. Meets ONE of the following:
A. Graduate/completion of a surgical technologist program OR
B. Practiced as a surgical technologist prior to 9/1/2009
 
Experience: 
1. New hires as of 3/29/2011- 2 years experience in the perioperative setting within the last 4 years in either a surgical technologist or surgical first assistant role.
2. Employee completes initial and ongoing training and competencies as defined by service line, facility and department/unit which are specific to the needs of the patient population served (if applicable).
 
Minimum License, Certificates, or Registrations Required:

Must have and maintain ONE of the following:

A. Surgical Technologist Certification
i. CST – Certified Surgical Technologist through the National Board for Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) (formally the Liaison Council on Certification for the Surgical Technologist) OR
ii. TS-C- Tech in Surgery, Certified through the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT)
B. Surgical First Assistant certification
i. SA-C – Surgical Assistant, Certified through the American Board of Surgical Assistants (ABSA)
ii. CSA – Certified Surgical Assistant through the National Surgical Assistant Association (NSAA)
iii. CSFA (formally CFA) – Certified Surgical First Assistant through the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA)
C. LSA- Licensed Surgical Assistant through the Texas Medical Board

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Methodist Hospital Metropolitan
Facility: Methodist Hospital Metropolitan
Job ID: 01578-95187
Category: Nursing - Professional
Contract: PRN/Per Diem
Shift: PRN
Job Class: PRN

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