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Surgical First Assistant, Surgery, St Joseph Hospital, Chicago

Requisition ID: 53484

Location: Presence St Joseph Chicago

Location Address:
2900 North Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL  60657 United States (US)


Daily Hours: 8
Standard Hours: 40
Employment Status: Full-time 
Employment Type: Regular 
Shift: Rotating



Under the direct supervision of the surgeon the Surgical First Assistant (SFA) demonstrates an advanced level of surgical knowledge and technical skill by assisting the surgeon in a variety of complex specialty procedures such as cardiac and robotic surgery. Performs the scrub role for a variety of surgical procedures.



Assists in the preparation for surgical cases assuring that supplies, equipment and instruments are available and in working order prior to the start of each case.


Performs as assistant for all surgical procedures by performing skills such as skin preparation, draping, clamping, cutting, tying, sponging, suctioning, skin closure and saphenous vein harvesting as directed by the attending surgeon.


Supports the surgical team in the transport, transfer and positioning of patients in the operating room.


Helps in maintaining supply and equipment inventory.


Performs scrub role as assigned for a variety of surgical procedures by performing skills such as creating, maintaining and monitoring the sterile field, draping and prepping operative site, performing surgical counts, handling surgical specimens, handling surgical instrumentation and equipment and completing end of ease clean up.


Assists with training.


On-call duties as scheduled.


Assists with delivering blood to Operating Room, changing tanks, stocking warmers and delivering specimens to the Laboratory Department.


Supports in all service lines such as Neuro, Ortho, vascular, spine, (ears, nose, and throat) ENT, Gynecologist and urology.


Floats to other sites.



This document represents the major duties, responsibilities, and authorities of this job, and is not intended to be a complete list of all tasks and functions.  Other duties may be assigned.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Education and/or Experience                                                              

Associate’s degree, healthcare related field or equivalent required. Graduate of Operating Room Technologist, Physician Assistant, or Registered Nurse training. Minimum one year of experience required. Competencies in Saphenous Vein Harvesting; Robotic First Assisting are to be completed during the introductory period, and annually thereafter along with the Surgical First Assistant competency.


Computer Skills                                                          

Knowledge of Microsoft Office software.


Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

Licensed as a Registered Surgical Assistant required. Certification as a Certified First Assistant (CFA) required.  For Robotics only: Online certificate of completion for robotic training required. Basic Life Support (BLS) certification required.


Business Unit: Presence St Joseph Hsp Chicago


EOE of Minorities/Females/Vets/Disability