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This job collaborates with the surgeon and the healthcare team in performing a safe operation with optimal results for the patient. Performs these functions under the direction and supervision of the surgeon and in accordance with hospital policy and appropriate laws and regulations. This job and surgical technologist perform separate roles which is defined by job description and advanced education which requires knowledge in the use of surgical instruments on tissues versus the handling of instruments. This job exhibits actions consistent with the company’s expectations as duties are performed.


Required – High School diploma or equivalent

Preferred- Certified course in Endoscopic Saphenous Vein Harvesting

Work Experience

Required – 5 years experience working in surgery

Preferred- 2 years’ experience in Surgical First Assisting


Required – Certification from an accredited Surgical First Assistant Program

Basic Life Support (BLS) from American Heart Association

Knowledge Skills and Abilities (KSAs)

  • Demonstrates good judgement in performing duties and conflict resolution.

  • Skilled in suturing and saphenous vein harvesting.

  • Basic analytical skills.

  • Computer skills and dexterity required for data entry and retrieval of patient information.

  • Effective verbal and written communication skills and the ability to present information clearly and professionally to varying levels of individuals throughout the patient care process.

  • Job Duties

  • Practices strict adherence to sterile technique.

  • Facilitates in preparing the patient for surgery.

  • Provides visualization of the operative field.

  • Under the direct supervision of the surgeon, harvest the saphenous vein for coronary artery grafting purposes.

  • Utilizes appropriate techniques to assist with closure of body planes.

  • Selects and applies appropriate wound dressing and secures drainage system or intra aortic balloon pump to tissue.

  • •Adapts behavior to the specific patient population, including but not limited to: respect for privacy, method of introduction to the patient, adapting explanation of services or procedures to be performed, requesting permissions and communication style.

  • Other related duties as required. 

  • The above statements describe the general nature and level of work only. They are not an exhaustive list of all required responsibilities, duties, and skills. Other duties may be added, or this description amended at any time.

    The employer is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status.

    Physical and Environmental Demands
    The physical essential functions of this job include (but are not limited to) the following: Frequently exerting 10 to 20 pounds of force to move objects; occasionally exerting up to 100 pounds of force. Physical demand requirements are in excess of those for sedentary work. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Because the incumbent works within a healthcare setting, there may be occupational risk for exposure to hazardous medications or hazardous waste within the environment through receipt, transport, storage, preparation, dispensing, administration, cleaning and/or disposal of contaminated waste. The risk level of exposure may increase depending on the essential job duties of the role.

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