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RN First Assistant PRN

Company: Methodist Hospital for Surgery
Location: Chesterfield
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

To demonstrate knowledge of strict aseptic techniques to provide the safest most optimum care to each patient. To assure quality care of patient in the Operating Room. To assist the Surgeon with instrumentation and anticipate his/her needs. To provide care based on needs of individual patients including but not limited to adult, pediatric, neonatal and adolescents.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Certificate of training for Operating Room Technician
  • Licensure in accord with the Allied Health Professionals credentialing policy
  • Licensure as a Registered Nurse

Essential Functions

  • Selects instrumentation appropriate for procedure
  • Checks room for cleanliness, availability of supplies and equipment at the beginning of the day
  • Open sterile packs and supplies, using surgeon's preference card for specific requests. Use supplies conservatively and efficiently
  • Scrub hands and arms according to Sterile Scrub Techniques Policy. Dons sterile gown and gloves, maintaining sterile technique
  • Sets up back table and mayo using surgeon's preference card as a reference for instruments, medications, etc.
  • Maintains proper sterile technique when gowning and gloving the Surgeon. Assists with draping of patient and confirms the operative area
  • RN First Assistant will be responsible to review the following policies and procedures with the Chief Nursing Officer
  • Confidentiality of Information
  • Orientation on specified equipment

  • Attaches light handles and hands-off to circulating nurse the appropriate equipment to begin the procedure. (Example: bovie, suction, light source, camera)
  • Performs sponge and needle counts with Circulator, if required
  • Brings mayo stand and back table with assistance from the circulating nurse up to the operating room table
  • During procedure, 1) passes instruments to surgeon and the assistant, 2) is attentive to operative area by being alert for breaks in technique, 3) maintains an attitude of willingness to assist with the procedure, 4) Is aware of location of all instruments, needles, sponges and specimens
  • Keeps mayo and back table neat and orderly
  • Cares for the specimen following Operating Room policy and procedure
  • Assists the Surgeon with dressings at end of procedure
  • Breaks down back table. Dispose of sharps in accepted manner. Removes and accounts for all instruments used in field.
  • Carries soiled instruments to processing room to soak or wash
  • Keeps delicate instruments separate from heavy items
  • Follows proper procedures regarding exposure to Category I tasks. Universal precautions /BBP standards in effect at all times
  • Eye protection will be worn by all First Assistants at all times
  • Follows proper procedures for handling hazardous waste materials
  • Follows appropriate Pre Op/Admitting policies and procedures
  • Prepares soiled instruments for cleaning. Decontaminates and reprocesses in steam autoclave
  • Takes clean instruments to work room for reprocessing
  • Puts unused sterile instruments and supplies away
  • Puts all other supplies away and helps to straighten up the room
  • Helps to stock the operating room
  • Assists with any other duties as deemed necessary

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job the RN First Assistant is frequently required to sit, converse, and listen; use hands to touch, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and to reach with hands and arms. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

The RN First Assistant must be able to lift and/or carry over 20 pounds on a regular basis and be able to push/pull over 25 pounds on a regular basis.

The RN First Assistant must be able to stand and/or walk at least five hours per day.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Keywords: Methodist Hospital for Surgery, Chesterfield , RN First Assistant PRN, Other , Chesterfield, Missouri

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