• Surgical Assistant - Operating Room

    Job Locations US-IL-Chicago
    Posted Date 6 days ago(7/11/2018 1:21 PM)
    Requisition ID
    Position Type
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    General Summary:    

    Under clinical supervision of the Director, Surgical Services, assists in the performance of surgical procedures during Open Heart Surgery. During the intraoperative phase of surgery, the Surgical Assistant (SA) practices in collaboration with and at the direction of the Attending surgeons to assist in the performance of surgical procedures.



    Essential Job Functions:


    1. Under the direct supervision of a surgeon, assists with the performance of surgical procedures and general patient care in the operating room in accordance with established nursing protocol, policy with established nursing protocol and the policies and procedures. Observable duties may include:

         2. A. Assists in the transport of the patient to and from the Operating Room.

             B. Assisting with positioning, prepping and draping of the patient.

             C. Tissue handling including retracting, tying, ligating, stapling, suturing and providing hemostasis.

             D. Assists in set-up cardiopulmonary bypass pump lines, mechanical devices and tissue preparation.

             E. First or second assisting with cannulation, graft anastomosis, valve placement, decannulation, ECMO cannulation or any other phase of open heart procedures.

             F. Assists in the insertion of femoral arterial lines, radial artery lines and femoral venous lines.

             G. Chest tube insertion.

             H. Closure of incisions.

             I. Assisting with emergency procedures and resuscitation as needed.

             J. Acts as a bedside assistant for robotic procedures.


          3. Explains procedures to other members of the surgical team to assure an understanding of surgical procedure and facilitate learning.

          4. Serves as a clinical expert and professional resource for others in the Operating Room setting to advance their development.


          5. Advances clinical practice; consistently integrates evidence into practice and uses this as a firm foundation for the practice setting; coaches staff.

          6. Utilizes clinical expertise to teach others informally on the unit or through formal teaching in classes.


    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:  

    1. Current licensure as a Surgical Assistant in the State of Illinois. Current certification in basic Cardiac Life Support is required PALS.
    2. A minimum of two years of experience as a Surgical Assistant is required and certification.
    3. Knowledge of surgical anatomy, physiology and operative technique related to the specific operative procedures in which the S. A. assists.
    4. Knowledge of emergency procedures and demonstrated proficiency.
    5. Ability to operate electrosurgical cautery machine to cauterize blood vessels.
    6. Highly effective verbal communication skills are required. Ability to learn and use computer systems in order to manage patient information.
    7. Ability to demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the patient population(s) served. Ability to demonstrate knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span and ability to assess data reflective of the patient’s requirements relative to his or her population-specific and age specific needs.

    Service Quality/Safety:


         1. Participates in the collection of data, actively endorses evidence based.

         2. Models customer service behaviors and service recovery skills.

         3. Monitors patient and unit safety standards; actively contributes to development and implementation of improvement plans.


    Unit Operations:


         1. Role model and holds peers accountable for maintaining AACN guidelines for Healthy Work Environment (communication, collaboration, effective decision making, recognition, leadership and staffing).

         2. Serves as a steward such as liaison for lab, nutrition, pharmacy, pathology and blood bank.

         3. Active participant in regulatory activities such as tracers, disease specific certification visits.


    Patient Safety:


    Ensures patient safety in the performance of job functions and through participation in the hospital, department or unit patient safety initiatives.

    1. Takes action to correct observed risks to patient safety.
    2. Reports adverse events and near misses to appropriate management authority.
    3. Identifies possible risks in processes, procedures, devices and communicates the same to those in charge.


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