The Surgical Tech First Assistant works in a dual role as a
Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) and a First Assistant. This
position assists surgeons and surgical teams during major surgical
services and complex surgical procedures. This position functions
under the direction of a Registered Nurse when performing the role
of CST, and works under the direction of a Surgeon when performing
the role of First Assistant.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE ROLE
Ensures appropriate supplies, equipment and instrumentation are
available, opened and functioning properly for each procedre.
Creates, corrects and updates surgeon preference cards to reflect
equipment, radiology, supplies and specialty notes for current and
future procedure. Pulls, opens and sets up cases. Coordinates with
surgeons on specialty equipment and supply needs prior to
procedure, and assists in constructing specialty instrument
Prepares operating room according to surgical procedure
schedules, and arranges sterile setups of instrument table supplies
and equipment required for specific procedures. Wraps instruments
in preparation for gas or steam sterilization. Performs quality
control procedures on equipment and report any issues. Ensures
cleanliness of the OR before and after surgery.
Scrubs for cases in major surgical services according to
established procedures and standards requiring advanced knowledge
of anatomy, surgical instruments, surgeons' preference and other
Educates and prepares surgical teams according to procedure.
Assist with or performs the positioning, prepping and draping of
Assists the surgeon during surgical procedures, i.e. passes
sterile supplies and equipment to surgeons and assistants, holds
retractor devices, anticipates and responds to the surgical team
needs, ties off vessels and tissues, repairs incisions and
lacerations, cuts and cauterizes tissues, stabilizes drains,
applies wound dressings, etc.as needed and as directed for wide
variety of surgical cases. Performs complex surgical techniques as
needed and as directed by physician and in accordance with Texas
scope of practice for surgical scrub tech first assistants.
Receives surgical specimens following specimen protocol and
notifies circulating nurse of source material and delivers to
Contacts the pharmacy for RX with Registered Nurse or
circulating nurse collaboration.
Coordinates and collaborates with system vetting vendors on
behalf of surgeon and department. Researches and coordinates quotes
for capital purchase, new equipment and supplies with specialty
coordinators. Requisitions supplies.
Keeps current regarding developments in surgical equipment,
trends and techniques through attendance at in-service or other
internal education programs. Acts as a resource and preceptor to
those learning the scrub role. Supports the department through
in-services, precepting and mentoring staff accordingly.
KEY SUCCESS FACTORS
Must have good communication skills.
Must have excellent knowledge of operating room protocol.
Must be able to work effectively with all hospital
Must have excellent knowledge of patient protocols within a
Must be able to work well with all members of the office
Must be able to assist the physician in all aspects of the
practice including assisting in surgery.
Our competitive benefits package includes the following
- Immediate eligibility for health and welfare benefits
- 401(k) savings plan with dollar-for-dollar match up to 5%
- Tuition Reimbursement
- PTO accrual beginning Day 1
Note: Benefits may vary based upon position type and/or
- EDUCATION - Grad of an Accredited Program
- EXPERIENCE - 4 Years of Experience
- CERTIFICATION/LICENSE/REGISTRATION -
Cert Surgical First Asst (CSFA)
Basic Life Support (BLS): BLS or BLS within 30 days of hire or
Cert Surgical Technolgst (CST): Certified Surgical Technologist
(CST) requirements must meet one of the following, per Texas
CST from National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical
Assisting (NBSTSA) or the National Center for Competency Testing