Registered Nurse First Assistant
Company: Sutter Health
Posted on: June 1, 2021
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
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Keywords: Sutter Health, Tracy , Registered Nurse First Assistant, Other , Tracy, California
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