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Registered Nurse First Assistant, St. Vincent

Allegheny Health Network

  • Company AHN
  • Erie, PA - Saint Vincent Hospital
  • Nursing
  • Full time
  • Day (United States of America)

Company :

Allegheny Health Network

Job Description : 


Delivers care in preoperative, intraoperative and post-operative settings to patients undergoing operative or other invasive procedures and provides direct assistance to operating physician during surgical procedures.


  • Positions patient to give best exposure for surgical procedures, using stabilizing equipment when necessary, while maximizing patient comfort and safety. (15%)
  • Provides visualization of the operative site using appropriate method, including manipulation of tissue and materials, retraction, sponging, suctioning and irrigation. (15%)
  • Performs specialized tissue handling, dissection, or cutting techniques under the direct supervision of the operative surgeon i.e. laproscopic trocal placement, preparation of allograft or valve tissue for implant or open/endoscopic vein harvesting. (20%)
  • Chooses suture material and techniques i.e. knot tying, ligation of vessels, wound closure based on physician preference, density of tissue, support for suture line, need to evert skin edges, and cosmetic effect. (20%)
  • Demonstrates expert proficiency in all staple devices to cut and staple vessels, tissue, bowel, when applicable. (10%)
  • RNFA implements appropriate hemostasis techniques based on surgical situation i.e. applies pressure to control hemorrhage, uses instrumentation to control bleeding vessels, coagulates bleeding vessels with electrosurgical devices (Cautery, Ligasure) and assesses blood flow to determine if chemical hemostasis is necessary. (20%)
  • Performs other duties as assigned or required.



  • Associate’s degree in Nursing
  • RN License
  • CRNFA (Certified RN First Assistant) certification from National Assistant at Surgery Certification (NASC)
  • CNOR Certification from the Competency & Credentialing Institute (CCI)
  • American Heart Association (AHA) BLS certification
  • American Heart Association (AHA) ACLS certification


*Leadership and knowledge of multiple specialties, Da Vinci, Orthopedics,

Vascular, and General

*Strong interpersonal communication skills and the ability to work in a

fast-paced, stressful environment

In this position, you will work with surgeons in the operating room by monitoring patient’s vital signs and provide aid if complications arise. are a must.

Assist surgeon in general and specialized surgeries

Prepare patients for surgery

Provide patient care and support

Practice surgical procedures such as controlling bleeding and suturing incisions, draping, providing exposure, and handling tissue

Prepare all necessary supplies

Position and prepare the patient on the operating table

Monitor the patient’s vital signs and heart rate

Study patient history and health assessments

Perform CPR or other emergency measures if required

Disclaimer: The job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and essential duties and responsibilities of work performed by employees within this job title. It may not contain a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees to do this job.

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