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The Registered Nurse First Assistant (RNFA) is a perioperative nurse who may function as an assistant to the surgeon in the operating room during surgical procedures. The RNFA performs first assistant behaviors according to standardized hospital policies. In addition to first assisting, responsibilities may include circulating, scrubbing and other duties as assigned.
Department Specific Duties:
ï¿½Demonstrates ability to perform all RNFA duties specific to Cardiothoracic surgery.ï¿½Submits annual performance review by physicians in a timely manner.ï¿½ Demonstrates ability to perform additional responsibilities in the Cardiac OR such as circulating, scrubbing and ï¿½HOB duties.ï¿½Demonstrates ability to accurately pull case carts.ï¿½Maintains clinical competence by assisting on surgical proceduresï¿½Participates in the call rotationï¿½Participates in preoperative assessment and planning for selected surgical patientsï¿½Recognizes safety hazards and initiates appropriate preventative and corrective actionsï¿½Provides exposure through appropriate use of instruments, retractors, suctioning, and spongingï¿½Handles and dissects tissues in collaboration with the surgeonï¿½Clamps blood vessels, coagulates bleeding points, ligates vessels, and performs other procedures in collaboration with the surgeonï¿½Sutures muscle, fascia, subcutaneous, and skin tissue in collaboration with the surgeonï¿½Places drains as surgically indicated
ï¿½Graduate of an approved school of Nursing, and posses a current California RN license
ï¿½Certified as a perioperative nurse (CNOR) required ï¿½Completion of an approved/accredited RNFA course, including the completion of the required internship hours ï¿½Proficient in perioperative nursing practice as both scrub and circulating nurse with diversified operating room experience. ï¿½Current American Heart Association BLS Certification (maintain current at all times).ï¿½Current Advanced Cardiac Life Support ACLS Certification (maintain current at all times). ï¿½Effective verbal and written communication skills to communicate with people on all levels and able to maintain positive working relationships with patients, families, and co-workers inter- and intra-departmentally. ï¿½Possess active listening skills.ï¿½Demonstrates knowledge of current nursing theory and practice. ï¿½Compassionate, non-judgmental patient caregiver and advocate.ï¿½Must be able to tolerate physically and mentally demanding work. ï¿½Possesses audible, visual, and manual acuity necessary for maintaining patient safety.ï¿½Completion of mandatory programs to meet TJC standards is a job requirement.
Employment practices will not be influenced or affected by an applicantâ��s or employeeâ��s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status or any other legally protected status. Tenet will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities unless doing so would result in an undue hardship.
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