Certified Surgical Assistant PRN

Chattanooga, Tennessee
Competitive Salary
Dec 05, 2017
Dec 19, 2017
Med / Surg
Contract Type

HCA has been recognized as a Worlds Most Admired Company
in the Health Care Medical Facilities Industry by Fortune Magazine. The Ambulatory Surgery Division of HCA operates and jointly owns with physicians 130 surgery centers across the United States. Our cases are performed Monday-Friday which means NO nights, NO weekends, or On-call
will be required. The size of our surgery centers naturally creates a culture where everyone knows one another with a shared focus on providing the best possible experience for those that we serve. We are currently in search of additional members to join our team! 

We value you and your future. We provide multiple health insurance plan options, tuition reimbursement, and many more programs to cover a wide variety of todays life and family needs.  In addition to your salary and health insurance benefits, HCA provides a matching 401k as well as an Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP). Members of HCA receive consumer discounts on cell phones, hotels, rental cars, and many others. Interviews are being set immediately, you are encouraged to apply today!

GENERAL SUMMARY OF DUTIES: Under the direction of the operating surgeon, the Certified Surgical Assistant contributes to the companys mission and vision by assisting with the provision of safe and effective nursing care in accordance with a defined scope of practice and the standards and policies of the center that may include: function as first/second assistant to surgeon during the operative procedure, providing aid in exposure, hemostasis, and other technical functions to ensure safe and efficient outcomes, as well as restocking and changing over rooms between cases, and other designated patient care duties as assigned.

• Demonstrates necessary practical, technical or specialized knowledge and skills required for the role of the surgical assistant in accordance with ASA (Association of Surgical Assistants) and
other regulatory standards of practice.
• Communicates with the surgeon prior to the case to ascertain specific needs. Shares information with the remainder of the surgical team in a timely manner.
• Assists with patient positioning, skin preparation, and surgical draping according to surgeons protocol.
• Anticipating the needs of the surgeon in order to expedite the procedure, while minimizing the patients exposure to surgical and anesthetic stress.
• Temperature of patient is discussed anesthesia personnel to and methods used to maintain the desired temperature range.
• Assists the surgeon by providing retraction and aiding exposure of the operative site.
• Facilitates hemostasis of the surgical site by performing suction, irrigation and sponging the operative site during a surgical procedure.
• Assists with skin or external suturing and stapling as per surgeons directive.
• Assist with clamping and/or cauterizing vessels or tissue, as directed.
• Applying hemostatic clips, as needed.
• Applying tourniquets and demonstrating awareness of the indications/contraindications for use with knowledge of side effects of extended use.
• Participate in volume replacement or autotransfusion techniques as appropriate.
• Assists with securing drainage systems and dressings.
• Provides hemostasis by clamping blood vessels, coagulation bleeding points, ligation of vessels and by other means as directed by the surgeon.
• Assists with application of dressing splints, and casts.
• Assists in preparing the operative suite for surgery by checking and gathering supplies, equipment, and instruments.
• Ensures availability of adequate supplies, equipment and instruments for scheduled cases and assists in opening cases in a sterile manner.
• Utilizes physician preference cards to set up each case; updates cards when indicated, and routing updated cards in the approved manner.
• Ensures that instruments are working properly before and after each case.
• Conscientiously observes and reports any breaks in sterile technique to attending surgeon and RN circulator.
• Ensures that surgical asepsis is maintained in the handling of instruments, sponges, sutures, drains, needles, and dressings.
• Ensures accurate sponge, needle, and instrument counts are completed when indicated and prior to patient leaving the OR, as appropriate.
• Remove drapes at the completion of procedure and assist with preparing patient for transfer to the PACU staff to ensure continuity of care.
• Facilitates effective and efficient transition between surgical procedures.
• Assists in the turnover of the O.R. suites between cases, disposing of trash and linens, and cleaning of equipment and environmental surfaces, as required.
• Utilizes appropriate body mechanics in moving patients, stretchers, and OR tables and other equipment to prevent injury to patient and self.
• Participates in detailed time out process and ensures it is done according to policy.
• Assists in the maintenance and care of specimens. Identifies specimen with surgeon and passes specimen to the circulating RN. Verifies correcting labeling, as per policy.
• Recognizes emergency situations and responds effectively in a calm and controlled manner.
• Assists circulating nurse during local procedures as assigned.

• Graduate of a CAAHEP-accredited program in surgical assisting and attain the CSFA credential administrated by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.

• One year experience in an operating room setting; preferably in an ambulatory surgery center.

• Certified Surgical Assistant (CSA)
• Valid BCLS Certification upon employment***online certification not acceptable.

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