Certified Surgical First Assistant

Requisition ID
Employment Type
Per Diem
General Surgery
Standard Hours
8 hour shifts
Facility / Process Level : Name
CHI St Joseph Health


CommonSpirit Health was formed by the alignment of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) and Dignity Health. With more than 700 care sites across the U.S., from clinics and hospitals to home-based care and virtual care services, CommonSpirit is accessible to nearly one out of every four U.S. residents. Our world needs compassion like never before. Our communities need caring and our families need protection. With our combined resources, CommonSpirit is committed to building healthy communities, advocating for those who are poor and vulnerable, and innovating how and where healing can happen, both inside our hospitals and out in the community.




  • The surgical First Assistant renders patient care by assisting the surgeon during operative procedures. The Assistant functions under the direction of the operating surgeon during the patient's surgical experience. The Assistant provides support to the surgeon by assisting with exposure and visualization, hemostasis, wound closure and other technical functions that will help assure a safe surgical procedure.  The Assistant performs other related tasks under the direction of the circulating Nurse and reports to their designated Team Leader.



    • Helps select and assemble instruments, supplies, and equipment for procedures; maintains aseptic technique; performs counts according to policy; follow standard transmission based precautions while wearing the required apparel; demonstrates team approach; assists in maintenance of equipment and supplies and protects them when sending to Sterile Prep; provides instruments, suture, and supplies to the surgeon in an appropriate and timely manner; demonstrates knowledge of the procedure in order to anticipate the surgeon's needs; prepares sterile field and arranges instruments in a timely manner; performs patient care tasks that may be delegated by nursing personnel in a safe and timely manner; assists in putting away equipment and preparing for the following procedures; cleans and stocks OR suite at the end of the shift.
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    • Follows standard departmental and hospital policies and procedures for surgical intervention while complying with the preferences of the surgeon.
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    • Position and prep patients prior to surgical procedures, ensure clear visibility for the surgeon by using instruments such as retractors and sponges, assist in control of bleeding, close surgical site using sutures or staples, cauterizing wounds and vessels, packing sponges, placing clamps and sutures, apply direct pressure on veins and tissue, aid in patient suction,drainage and irrigation, and properly dressing wounds.
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    • Performs other duties as assigned to meet the organization`s needs.




  • Education
    • Required: Completion of CSFA certificate

Preferred: Associate's degree (2 yr program) or equivalent

  • Major
  • Experience
    • Required: Minimal/No experience

Preferred: 1 to 2 years

  • Skills
    • Preferred: Previous operating room experience
  • Licensure/Certifications
    • Required: Current certification as a surgical Technologist

Preferred: BLS

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