Acts as first assistant to the attending physician during those surgical procedures requiring an assistant. Performs first assistant responsibilities in accordance with Nurse Practice Act of NC and under the direct supervision of the attending physician. Those responsibilities will be consistent with hospital policy and the specific training of the individual staff member with regard to optimum patient care. Assignments will be made by the director/designee in compliance with philosophy, objectives, and standards of care of the Department of Nursing. In cases of extreme emergency in which the attending physician is unable to complete the surgical procedure, the Registered Nurse First Assistant will maintain hemostasis until another physician arrives. Accountable for directing and supervising patient care and nursing tasks performed by the Surgical Technician, Nurse Aide I, Unit Secretary, Licensed Practical Nurse, Hospital Volunteer, peers and other support personnel. Directs and supervises registered staff nurses when assuming role of charge nurse.
Graduate of an accredited school of nursing BSN in Nursing preferred. Current licensure as an RN in North Carolina or has applied for licensure and is a Registered Nurse, license pending. Successful completion of RN First Assistant program that includes didactic and a minimum of 120 hours of clinical component. Basic Cardiac LifeSupport (BCLS) required. Advanced Cardiac Lift Support (ACLS) preferred. Must be able to apply principals of asepsis and infection control. Must demonstrate professional accountability as evidenced by work attendance, self appraisals, and educational offerings. Minimum of 3 years of perioperatice nursing experience in both scrub and circulating. Must be CNOR certified.
North Carolina Hospital Association - 13 months ago