Sr. Surgical Assistant

Job Description

At UC Health, we're proud to have the best and brightest teams and clinicians collaborating toward our common purpose: to advance healing and reduce suffering.

As the region's adult academic health system, we strive for innovation and provide world-class care for not only our community, but patients from all over the world. Join our team and you'll be able to develop your skills, grow your career, build relationships with your peers and patients, and help us be a source of hope for our friends and neighbors.

UC Health is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of employment.

The Surgical Assistant assists the surgeon during surgical procedures at the direction of the surgeon. The Surgical Assistant functions as a member of the surgical team in room preparation, turnover, and facilitation of the daily surgery schedule.

Responsibilities

PATIENT POPULATION - (CLINICAL ONLY):

Engages in population appropriate communication. Has knowledge of growth and development milestones and tasks. Gives clear instructions to patients/family regarding treatment. Involves family/guardian in the assessment, initial treatment and continuing care of the patient. Identifies any physical limitations of the patient and deploys intervention when necessary. Recognizes and responds appropriately to patients/families with behavioral health problems. Interprets population related data and plans care appropriately. Identifies and responds appropriately to different needs resulting from, unique psychological needs or those associated with religious / cultural norms. Performs treatments, administers medication or operates equipment safely. Recognizes and responds to signs/symptoms of abuse or neglect.

Surgical Assistant Skills:

Demonstrates advanced knowledge of anatomy and physiology for all types of surgical procedures Under the direction of the surgeon, able to demonstrate ability to assist the surgeon during surgical/invasive procedures by: properly handles and uses surgical instruments, manual dexterity with instrumentation, assisting with hemostasis, suctioning, exposure/retraction, handling tissue, suturing, and wound and skin closure Able to anticipate the needs of the patient and surgeon Demonstrates knowledge in aseptic technique utilized to prepare sterile table/field Assists with maintaining surgical field Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of the instruments/supplies/equipment used within the surgical environment Obtains appropriate information to anticipate needs throughout the case Demonstrates the ability to effectively function in the role of scrub person as needed Functions as a team member of the perioperative team to provide patient care Collaborates with the RN in the development and implementation of the plan of care Assist staff in sterile processing with assembling, organizing and keeping track of the location of Davinci Robot Trays and instruments. Organize Robot supply carts to maintain par levels. Work in unison with Materials Management to order supplies and instruments for Davinci trays and supply carts. Assist education department in teaching Novice Nurses the basics of the Operating Room and how to effectively act in the scrub role. Effectively assist the doctor in the Davinci Robot cases. Must have adequate dexterity and fine motor skills in laparoscopic/Robot cases. Competency in placing clips under the supervision of the attending surgeon. Competency in firing staple loads under supervision of the attending surgeon. Other duties as necessary.

Surgical Environment:

Knowledge of, and assists as appropriate with maintaining the operating room environment Assists in OR room and sterile table/field preparation for the patient Knowledge of, and assists as necessary with sterilization of instrumentation.

Patient Care/Patient Safety:

Assists with positioning and skin preparation Assists with acquisition of needed positioning accessories, equipment and supplies based on patient needs As a member of the health care team, participates in providing patient safety measures As a member of the health care team, participates in Universal Protocol Participates in proper specimen identification/documentation labeling of specimens, to assure positive patient outcome Ability to fulfill on-call requirements.

Safety and Environment Responsibilities:

Acts as a resource person for new personnel and/or temporary/agency staff working in the department, documenting and evaluating competency as required Facilitates a clean, safe and organized environment Uses supplies, materials & equipment economically Participates in OR turnovers, stores and puts away extra supplies.

Qualifications

EDUCATION:

• Two year associate degree in surgical assisting or
• Military trained (military trained is able to sit for certification) or
• RNFA certificate demonstrating successful completion of First Assistant program or
• CSTFA certificate demonstrating successful completion of First Assistant program or
• Graduate of accredited Physician Assistantprogram

LICENSE & CERTIFICATION:

• Certification or licensure as Surgical Assistant(based on educational background: CFA, CSA, PA-C, SA-C, CNOR for RNFA) within one year of hire.

YEARS OF EXPERIENCE:

• 1 year minimum in the Surgical Assistant role.

REQUIRED SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE:

• BLS
• Completes an annually certification of mandatory unit specific, hospital and safety education
• Special technology training as required with expansion of scope of services.
• Preferred: ACLS

About UC Health

UC Health is an integrated academic health system serving Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. In partnership with the University of Cincinnati, UC Health combines clinical expertise and compassion with research and teaching-a combination that provides patients with options for even the most complex situations. Members of UC Health include: UC Medical Center, West Chester Hospital, Daniel Drake Center for Post-Acute Care, Bridgeway Pointe Assisted Living, University of Cincinnati Physicians and UC Health Ambulatory Services (with more than 900 board-certified clinicians and surgeons), Lindner Center of HOPE and several specialized institutes including: UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute and the University of Cincinnati Cancer Center. Many UC Health locations have received national recognition for outstanding quality and patient satisfaction. Learn more at uchealth.com.

At UC Health, we're proud to have the best and brightest teams and clinicians collaborating toward our common purpose: to advance healing and reduce suffering.

As the region's adult academic health system, we strive for innovation and provide world-class care for not only our community, but patients from all over the world. Join our team and you'll be able to develop your skills, grow your career, build relationships with your peers and patients, and help us be a source of hope for our friends and neighbors.

UC Health is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse place of employment.