Surgical First Assistant

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Operating Room – Surgical First Assistant (SFA)


Meritus Medical Center offers patients exceptional surgery care. Physicians at the hospital perform approximately 8,000 surgical procedures each year, with over 700 of those being total joint replacements.


We perform a wide variety of procedures in various specialty areas such as:




Obstetrics and Gynecology
Ear, nose, and throat
Cardiac Intervention
Plastic surgery
Under the general direction of the Clinical Manager and the direct supervision of the Registered Nurse, performs in a team relationship the care of the intra-operative patient. Works closely with the surgeon in a hands-on capacity, helping the surgeon by handling vital tasks in order to produce a safe and effective surgical experience. Aids in exposure, hemostasis, closure, and other intraoperative technical functions. Performs the below -referenced functions during the operation under the direction and supervision of the surgeon and in accordance with hospital policy, laws and regulations. Maintains and demonstrates competence in clinical practice to include age specific competencies. Maintains and demonstrates competence in clinical practice to include age specific competencies. Will complete and maintain Medical Staff Office credentialling requirements.


Minimum Qualifications:

Education – High School Diploma or equivalent required.  Completion of degree or program as related to appropriate license or certification required.

Experience –  Minimum of (4) four years experience as a surgical technician in an acute care setting required. Applicants for initial appointment must be able to demonstrate adequate clinical experience as a CSA or CSFA during the past 12 months.

Licensure/Certification – Current certification as a CSA or CSFA by The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA),  the National Commission for the Certification of Surgical Assistants (NCCSA), or the National Surgical Assistant Association (NSAA) required.  Current BLS (CPR) in compliance with policy required.

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities –  Ability to perform effectively in stressful and emergency situations. Ability to recognize safety hazards and initiate appropriate preventive and corrective action.


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