Certified First Assistant - Operating Room

PeaceHealth is seeking a Certified First Assistant - Operating Room for a 1.0 full time equivalent Non-Exempt position. This position will be working Day shift with shift durations of 8 Hours, and share call on weeknights and weekends: generally every three nights, and every third weekend.¬  Assists in OR Circulating role and performs as CST within scope as needed.

Req ID: 168214



Responsible for practicing in collaboration with and at the direction of the surgeon during the intraoperative phase of the perioperative experience.¬  Collaborates during surgery with the surgeon and the healthcare team in performing a safe operation with optimal outcomes for the patient. Performs as a surgical technologist as needed.¬ 



  1. Accumulates the appropriate surgical armamentarium.

  2. Positions the patient on the operating room table.

  3. Preps patient for surgical procedures (shave, catheterize, drape, etc.).

  4. Provides exposure for the surgical procedure.

  5. Provides hemostasis by suction, cauterization, clamping, suturing or ligation.

  6. Performs soft tissue layered wound closure.

  7. Administers local anesthesia as directed by the surgeon.

  8. Places dressing.

  9. Maintains accurate, legible and confidential records.¬  Completes documentation pertinent to patient medical record.

  10. Performs as a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) as needed, including technical duties of passing of instruments for operative procedures, preparation and maintenance of the surgical sterile field and surgical instrumentation.¬ ¬ 

  11. Assists with the application of casts or immobilizing devices.

  12. Performs other duties as assigned.¬ ¬ 

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EDUCATION:¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ 

  • Successful completion of an accredited Surgical Technologist program required.

  • Successful completion of a CFA program that meets the recommended education standards for Certified First Assistants required.

  • Completion of a mentored internship with a minimum of 120 hours of clinical experience demonstrating the ability to function as a CFA required.


EXPERIENCE/TRAINING:¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ 

  • Demonstrated training and minimum of one year of experience and current competence in performing CFA tasks required.

  • Proficiency in orthopedics, general surgery, and OB/GYN including C-Sections preferred.



  • National Certified Surgical Technologist certification required.

  • Certification as First Assistant required.

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) certification required at date of hire.



  • Well organized, detail oriented and self-motivated.

  • Ability to coordinate activities and work collaboratively with others.

  • Ability to execute detailed procedures with accuracy and precision.

  • Basic computer/keyboarding skills including MS Office applications.

  • Understanding of operating room protocols.



  • Work requires moderate physical exertion at least 66% of the time.

  • Ability to lift objects weighing 50 lbs. or less.¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ 

  • Work requires frequent exposure to skin or lung irritants; extreme cold or heat; sharp instruments such as kitchen knives, scalpels, etc.; or dangerous equipment; reasonably anticipated exposure to blood and body fluids once per month or more.¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ 

  • Job duties frequently require intense concentration and attention to detail (34-65% of work time).


Please apply online to be considered. For full consideration of your skills and abilities, please attach a current resume with your application.


About PeaceHealth


PeaceHealth, based in Vancouver, Wash., is a not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon, and Alaska. PeaceHealth has approximately 16,000 caregivers, a multi-specialty medical group practice with more than 900 providers and 10¬ medical centers serving both urban and rural communities throughout the Northwest. In 1890, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace founded what has become PeaceHealth. Today, PeaceHealth is the legacy of its founding Sisters and continues with a spirit of respect, stewardship, collaboration and social justice in fulfilling its Mission.¬ 


We offer competitive compensation, a robust benefits package and a collaborative, Mission-driven work environment! To learn more about working at PeaceHealth and the¬ Florence¬ community please visit our homepage: www.peacehealth.org/careers.


Get a feeling for the Spirit of PeaceHealth through this¬ three-minute video, and visit us on¬ Facebook¬ or¬ LinkedIn!


Questions? Review our Employment FAQ or email¬ Recruitment@peacehealth.org. Please note this email does not accept resumes or applications.


Location:¬ Florence, Peace Harbor Hospital (507)
Job Category:¬ ¬ Allied, Ancillary & Clinical Support¬ 
Shift:¬ ¬ Day
Shift Length:¬ 8 Hours
FTE:¬ 1.0
Work Type:¬ ¬ Full Time
Hourly compensation starts at:¬ $DOE, more depending on experience
Required¬ Certifications/Licensure:¬ Basic Life Support; Certified First Assistant; Certified Surgical Technologist


PeaceHealth is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all qualified job applicants and employees without regard to the following statuses: protected veteran; qualified individual with a disability; race; ethnicity; religion; gender; pregnancy; gender identity; national origin; age; genetic information; sexual orientation; or any other protected status in accordance with local, state, or federal laws.


The above information is intended to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by this position. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of caregivers assigned to this job.


Posting Notes:¬ Florence¬  ¬ Allied, Ancillary & Clinical Support¬  Other - Allied¬  ¬ Full Time¬  ¬ SURGICAL SVCS

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