Job Description

Certified Surgical First Assistant - Full-time

Cancer care is all we do

Hope in healing

Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), part of City of Hope, takes a unique and integrative approach to cancer care. Our patient-centered care model is founded on a commitment to personalized medicine, tailoring a combination of treatments to the needs of each individual patient. At the same time, we support patients’ quality of life by offering therapies designed to help them manage the side effects of treatment, addressing their physical, spiritual and emotional needs, so they are better able to stay on their treatment regimens and get back to life. At the core of our whole-person approach is what we call the Mother Standard® of care, so named because it requires that we treat our patients, and one another, like we would want our loved ones to be treated. This innovative approach has earned our hospitals a Best Place to Work distinction and numerous accreditations. Each of us has a stake in the successful outcomes of every patient we treat.

Job Description:

Job Overview

The first assistant provides aid in exposure, hemostasis, and other technical functions, which will help the surgeon carry out a safe operation with optimal results for the patient.  This role will vary considerably with the surgical operation and the specialty area. The first assistant will also be responsible for the knowledge and technical skills needed to operate a variety of mechanical devices to accomplish this task. 

 Initiates appropriate intra-operative behaviors unique to first assisting:

  • Applies knowledge of surgical anatomy, physiology, and operative technique relative to operative procedures.
  • Performs positioning, prepping and draping the patient.
  • Has an understanding of the variety of suture and tissue types and uses the appropriate suture material and suturing technique as directed by the surgeon.
  • Provides wound exposure through appropriate use of instruments, retractors, suctioning and sponging techniques.
  • Provides hemostasis by clamping blood vessels, coagulating hemostasis and knot tying.
  • Protects patient by demonstrating knowledge of safe tissue handling.
  • Assists with procedures by demonstrating knowledge of suturing techniques.
  • Assists with procedures by demonstrating knowledge of wound dressing and drains.
  • Assists with procedures by demonstrating knowledge and skill in postoperative subcutaneous injections of local anesthesia as directed by the surgeon.

Organizes and coordinates supplies, equipment and team members to maintain an efficient, and safe intraoperative environment through ongoing patient situation assessment, priority setting, and arrangement of equipment, by teaching, directing, communicating and collaborating with health care team members and support service personnel.

Promotes teamwork, nurtures relationships with others and is viewed positively by co-workers. Carries own share of responsibility and willingly offers assistance to others. Supports the goals of the department and participates in department performance improvement.  Ensures compliance with hospital policies and accrediting agencies.  Participates in the development, review and updating of policies and procedures. 

Demonstrates the spirit of Cancer Treatment Centers of America’s values and standards through actions and speech. Connects with customers (patients, caregivers, co-workers) with a smile or pleasant demeanor Addresses customers (patients, care-givers, co-workers) by their preferred names whenever possible. Finds ways to focus solely on the needs of our patients and their caregivers. Listens attentively and educates patients and caregivers to ensure their understanding. Offers choices to patients and caregivers and respects their decisions.

Provides information to physicians and other health care professionals of any changes in patient condition.  Adjusts treatment based on multidisciplinary plan of care.  Plans, delivers, directs, coordinates and evaluates therapeutic interventions based on needs identified in the assessment process.  Obtains allergy information and takes care of the medication reconciliation with patient and family member then communicates this to other providers.  Verifies and notes physician’s orders.  Provides safe delivery of prescribed medications and treatments and evaluates the outcomes in a timely manner.  Documents interventions provided.  Supervises care delivery by unlicensed support staff. 

Education/Experience Level

  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Five years Surgical First Assisting experience or will accept an Associate’s Degree with a minimum of two years of experience as a Surgical First Assist
  • Diploma from an accredited school of surgical assisting
  • BLS Certified
  • Certified as a Surgical Assistant through the National Surgical Assistant Association and/or the National Commission for the Certification of Surgical Assistants

We win together

Each CTCA employee is a Stakeholder, driven to make a true difference and help win the fight against cancer. Each day is a challenge, but this unique experience comes with rewards that you may never have thought possible. To ensure each team member brings his or her best self, we offer exceptional support and immersive training to encourage your personal and professional growth. If you’re ready to be part of something bigger and work with a passionate, dynamic group of care professionals, we invite you to join us. 

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