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First Assistant / Surgical 1st Assist

Company: Ascension
Location: Grand Blanc
Posted on: October 14, 2021

Job Description:

We Are Hiring:

First Assist



SCHEDULE:  FT Day, 7a-3:30p, M–F & Rotating WE; Rotating Call Weeknights/Weekends/Holidays, 30 min. response time for Call.



With 23 Operating Rooms, the Surgery Department at Ascension Genesys Hospital has a team of more than 100 dedicated medical professionals handling a full range of inpatient and outpatient surgeries including, open-heart surgery and minimally invasive surgeries. Ascension Genesys Hospital offers beautiful facilities with the latest in advanced surgical technology. Our robotics program covers multiple services including General, GYN, Oncology, Thoracic, and Urology. Each day brings exciting new challenges and a fast pace that will keep you involved and interested in your work. Our Nurse Managers enjoy great benefits and opportunities for career development and growth.


We offer rewarding career paths for healthcare professionals across all disciplines. Ascension offers a collaborative environment with competitive wages and opportunities for advancement.


Benefits are available to full-time AND part time employees.


Benefits include:
• Medical, dental, vision, life insurance, disability, and a retirement plan with match
• Socially just benefits and wages
• Competitive compensation
• Paid time off
• Professional development
• Wellbeing programs and holistic growth opportunities
• Tuition reimbursement
• Adoption assistance

What You Will Do:

Under the direct supervision of the attending physician, performs a variety of first assistant duties. Functions as a second assistant; fills in for surgical technicians and surgical physician assistants; prepares sterile supplies; uses sterile technique, and properly handles and maintains surgical equipment and instruments; participates in education programs, and performs other related duties as requested by authorized personnel.

  • Perform a variety of first assistant duties under the direct supervision of the attending physician including such duties as: Dissection of tissues, vein harvesting, clamping vessels, major suturing (peritoneum, fascia, subcutaneous tissue, subcuticular and/or skin closure with staples, hemostasis with clamps and/or hemostatic clips, hemostasis and dissection with cautery).
  • Function as a second assistant performing surgical procedures such as: Retraction, maintenance of a clear surgical field through sponging and suctioning, maneuvering retractors in laparoscopic procedures, minor suturing, typing sutures, holding limbs, and maneuvering camera on laparoscopic and arthroscopic procedures. Able to assist physician in hemostasis and dissection.
  • Take call as first assistant as needed for all specialties.
  • Prepare sterile supplies, sets up cases, scrubs and assists with surgical procedures such as passing instruments, sponges, suture materials, etc., using sterile technique.
  • Properly handles and maintains surgical instruments and other departmental equipment.
  • Participate in formal and informal education programs as required. Attend continuing education seminars and conferences to maintain any certification requirements and current knowledge in the field.
  • Perform other related duties as requested by authorized personnel.
  • Function as a surgical technician in place of First Assistant duties as necessary; to include preparation, follow through and clean up responsibilities of a case.
  • Function as a role model / preceptor facilitating patient care, promoting quality care and providing expertise to the OR team.
  • Assists the OR Team with the turnover and facilitation of consecutive cases.
  • Minimum Qualifications:
    • Graduate of a Surgical First Assistant Program.
    • Five years of current operating room scrub and/or assisting experience.
    • Successful completion of the First Assistant Certification Examination.
    • Must be dependable, flexible, and possess professional communication skills, initiative, tact, diplomacy, and other skills necessary to perform all the duties of this position.
    •  Maximum qualifications preferred.
  • Essential Functions:
    • Must be dependable and possess good communication skills, initiative, tact, diplomacy, and other skills necessary to perform all the duties of the position.
    • Must be able to stand for long periods of time, must possess visual and auditory acuity, perform fine detail work, and possess manual dexterity.
    • Working Conditions:.
    •  Work setting is a surgical suite. May be exposed to patient illness, communicable diseases, blood and body fluid hazards, and hazardous chemicals.
  • Orientation Requirements:
    • Must attend new employee orientation and department orientation.
  • The above is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by people assigned to this classification. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or qualifications for the people so classified, nor is it intended to limit or modify in any way, the right of any supervisor to assign, direct, and control the work of employees under their supervision. The most recently dated job description on file in the Human Resources Department will be considered the official job description.
What You Will Need:

Licensure / Certification / Registration:

  • Certified BLS Provider specializing in Basic Life Support credentialed from the American Heart Association (AHA) obtained within 6 Months (180 days) of hire date or job transfer date required.
  • Certified First Surgical Assistant credentialed from the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) preferred.
  • Certified Surgical Tech credentialed from the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) preferred.


  • Completion of a recognized scrub technician college program preferred.

Work Experience:

  • Requires five (5) years of current operating room scrub and/or assisting experience.
Additional Preferences:

No additional preferences.

Why Join Our Team:

Ascension Michigan employs over 20,000 compassionate caregivers across 16 hospitals and hundreds of related healthcare facilities. Our care teams are dedicated to providing spiritually centered, holistic care which sustains and improves the health of the communities we serve. We provide generous paid time off for work-life balance, a collaborative work environment, professional development opportunities and more to help our associates flourish personally and professionally. If you are looking for a rewarding career in healthcare, we invite you to apply today.

When you join Ascension, you join a team of over 150,000 individuals across the country committed to a Mission of serving others and providing compassionate, personalized care to all. Our inclusive culture, continuing education programs, career coaches and benefit offerings are just a few of the resources and tools that team members can use to create a rewarding career path. In fact, Ascension spent nearly $46 million in tuition assistance alone to support associate growth and development. If you are looking for a career where you can grow and make a difference in your community, we invite you to join our team today.

Equal Employment Opportunity Employer:

Ascension Genesys is an equal opportunity employer (EEO) and affords equal opportunity to all associates and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, genetic data, or other legally protected status.

For further information regarding your EEO rights, click on the following link to the “EEO is the Law” poster:


EEO is the Law Poster Supplement

Please note that Ascension will make an offer of employment only to individuals who have applied for a position using our official application. Be on alert for possible fraudulent offers of employment. Ascension will not solicit money or banking information from applicants.

Keywords: Ascension, Flint , First Assistant / Surgical 1st Assist, Other , Grand Blanc, Michigan

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