Registered Nurse First Assistant
Company: Sutter Health
Posted on: May 12, 2022
$10,000 Employment Incentive Available
A full-service acute care facility serving the residents of Tracy
for over 60 years, Sutter Tracy Community Hospital (STCH) has a
total of 82 inpatient beds. STCH provides a wide range of inpatient
and outpatient services including: a 24-hour emergency department,
inpatient and ambulatory surgical services, endoscopy lab,
intensive care, diagnostic imaging, laboratory and rehabilitation
services including physical, speech and occupational therapy. STCH
also has specialized care for Hemodialysis, Family Birthing Center,
Continence Center and a Pain Management Center. STCH is a
not-for-profit, community-based hospital, affiliated with Sutter
Health since 1993.
The RN First Assistant ( RNFA ) renders direct patient care as part
of the perioperative role by assisting the surgeon in the surgical
treatment of the patient. The responsibility of functioning as
first assistant must be based on documented knowledge and skills
acquired after specialized preparation, formal instruction and
supervised practice. The RNFA practices under the direct
supervision of the surgeon during the surgical intervention. "The
safety and welfare of the patient should be given primary
consideration in the selection of a first assistant in surgery. In
the absence of a qualified physician, the registered nurse who
possesses appropriate knowledge and technical skills is the best
qualified non-physician to serve as the first assistant." (
American College of Surgeons, 1980 ) It is not expected that the
RNFA will do any patient record keeping. The interdisciplinary
practice committee shall maintain a written record of those persons
authorized to perform the standardized procedures. This record
shall include a current listing of all required certifications,
evaluations, and continuing education hours for each individual.
The RNFA must adhere to the policies of Sutter Tracy Community
Hospital and must remain within the scope of practice as stated by
the Nurse Practice Act of the State of California. The surgery
committee shall conduct an initial and thereafter annual
evaluations of the competence of those RNs authorized to perform
the RNFA standardized procedures.
- Graduate from an accredited School of Nursing is required.
- Successful completion of didactics of structured course in
first assisting is required.
- Current licensure as an R.N. in the State of California.
- Current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification
- Current Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification
- Current Operating Room Nurse (CNOR)
- Three years' experience as an RN in the Operating Room
encompassing both the circulator and the scrub roles.
- Frequent on-call/standby time as per call policy.
- Occasional PM or weekend shift as needed per call needs or
scheduling needSkills and Knowledge:
- Initial validation of the necessary clinical skills by a
- Annual peer review by a physician surgeon and evaluation by the
surgery department manager.
Organization:Sutter Tracy Community Hospital
Employee Status: Regular
Position Status: Non-Exempt
Job Shift: Variable
Shift Hours:8 Hour Shift
Days of the Week Scheduled:Varied Days
Weekend Requirements: Other
Schedule: Full Time
Hrs Per 2wk Pay Period:80
Applications Accepted:All Applications Accepted
Schedule/Shift: Full Time/ Variable
Keywords: Sutter Health, Livermore , Registered Nurse First Assistant, Healthcare , Livermore, California
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