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RN First Assistant - Centralia

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Job Details
Job Order Number
Company Name
SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital
Physical Address
Centralia, IL 62801
Job Description

Description: The Registered Nurse First Assist provides direct patient care to perioperative patients, and assists the surgeon with intra-operative procedures, while using the nursing process pre-operatively, intra-operatively, and post-operatively.

Position Requirements (General):
RN Associate Degree or RN Diploma School
Current Illinois RN License, Current CNOR certification
EXPERIENCE: 3 months to 1 year technical field, 1 to 3 years supervision
Proof of completion approved RNFA course
Department Specific:
Has a thorough understanding of all aspects of the peri-operative setting.

Plans for patient care by collaborating with health team members to develop, coordinate, and implement a perioperative plan of care unique to individual needs.
Has excellent knowledge of surgical anatomy, physiology and operative technique specific to general surgical procedures to work in collaboration with the surgeon.
Verifies patient identity in accordance with hospital policy using the patient’s name and date of birth. Participates in complete and accurate Time-Outs prior to induction, incision, and entrance of any additional staff/surgeons 100% of the time.
Adheres to all Universal Protocol policies required by Joint Commission including enforcing and verifying site marking prior to entrance to the OR and all other patient safety standards.
Appropriately assists the surgeon according to specialty procedures and physician preference while utilizing sterile technique and universal precautions.
Provides surgical field exposure through appropriate use of instruments, retractors, suctioning and sponging techniques. Handles and dissects tissue in collaboration with the surgeon.
Sutures muscle, fascia, subcutaneous and skin tissue in collaboration with the surgeon, places drains as surgically indicated, and administers medications peri-operatively as directed by surgeon or anesthesiologist.
Demonstrates fiscal responsibility and proper judgement when opening supplies. Updates/communicates changes to surgeon preference cards.
Displays problems solving skills, using critical thinking when making patient-care decisions, notifies surgeons of changes to patient condition and any other pertinent information.
Exhibits excellent communication skills, committed to patient satisfaction 100% of the time, will use service recovery skills. Promotes teamwork within the department, provides assistance to cover departmental call.
Retains ability to be utilized as scrub or circulator when RNFA duties not necessary. Assists in precepting and helps in training new employees.

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