Registered Nurse First Assist $20,000 sign on bonus at University of Maryland Medical System in Baltimore, Maryland

Posted in Other 3 days ago.

Job Description:

Job Description
Perioperative nursing is a specialized area of practice. Registered nurses practicing as first assistants in surgery are functioning in an expanded perioperative nursing role. First assisting responsibilities are further refinements of perioperative nursing practice and are executed within the context of the nursing process. These responsibilities include certain delegated medical functions that can be assumed by the RN who is qualified to practice as an RNFA. Registered nurse first assistant responsibilities may vary depending on patient populations, practice environments, service provided, accessibility of human and fiscal resources, institutional policy, and state nursing regulations.

Principal Responsibilities and Tasks

The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties performed by personnel so classified.

Clinical Practice/Care Delivery

  • Under the direct supervision of a surgeon, assists with the performance of surgical procedures and general patient care in the operating room in accordance with established nursing protocol, policy or with established nursing protocol and the policies and procedures. Observable duties may include:
  • Assisting with positioning, prepping and draping of the patient.

  • Tissue handling including making incisions, retracting, dissecting, tying, ligating, stapling, suturing and providing hemostasis.

  • First assisting with endoscopic or open procedures specific to the surgical service assigned.

  • First or second assisting with all general surgical, thoracic and vascular surgical procedures as assigned.

  • Installation of, femoral arterial lines, radial artery lines and femoral venous lines as required.

  • Chest tube insertion.

  • Wound closure and readiness of patient for post-operative phase of procedure

  • Defibrillation (external) of patient as needed.

  • Assisting with emergency procedures and resuscitation as needed.

  • Acts as an assistant for robotic procedures as required by assigned service.

  • For Robotic procedures:

  • 1. The RN First Assist must have completed a Robotic First Assist training program followed by observation by a proctor for 10 training cases.

  • 2. Once training is complete the RN First Assist may under the direct supervision of the attending surgeon;
  • Set up and connect system components**,

  • Drape and position arms**,

  • Balance and calibrate endoscope and camera**,

  • Inspect set up for functionality and defects**,

  • Place trocars when attending surgeon present in surgical field providing direct supervision

  • Place and exchange instruments in the robotic arms,

  • Insert instruments into the trocars,

  • Removal, exchange, cleaning and re-introduction of endoscope,

  • Steps to safely and quickly move the system components in an emergency**,

  • Proper cleaning, disinfection and sterilization of reusable instruments, accessories and endoscopes**, and

  • Troubleshooting**

  • ** Represents duties that are part of basic robotic training provided to general OR staff thereby allowing those having received this training to perform.

    Company Description
    The University of Maryland Medical System is a 14-hospital system with academic, community and specialty medical services reaching every part of Maryland and beyond. UMMS is a national and regional referral center for trauma, cancer care, Neurocare, cardiac care, women's and children's health and physical rehabilitation. UMMS is the fourth largest private employer in the Baltimore metropolitan area and one of the top 20 employers in the state of Maryland. No organization will give you the clinical variety, the support, or the opportunities for professional growth that you'll enjoy as a member of our team.


    • Current licensure as a Registered Nurse with the Maryland State Board of Examiners of Nurses. Current certification in Basic Cardiac Life Support is required. Current CNOR certification from the National Certification Board of Perioperative Nursing is required.

    • A minimum of two years of experience as a Registered Nurse is required and certification as a RNFA is preferred.

    • Successful completion of a recognized planned program of instruction designed for the Registered Nurse Surgical First-Assistant to include:

    • Didactic instruction of at least 50 hours which includes:

    • Pre-operative and post-operative assessment, evaluation of physical and laboratory findings, patient pain management and patient and staff teaching.

    • Intraoperative considerations including anatomy and physiology and surgical interventions as related to each system.

    • Surgical techniques.

    • Surgical hazards and appropriate interventions.

    • Clinical instruction and experience including:

    • A minimum of 200 hours assisting in major surgical procedures including positioning, prepping and draping, siding in exposure, retraction, hemostasis, surgical instrumentation, etc...

    • Instruction provided by qualified surgeons participating in the program.

    • The surgeon preceptor(s) written documentation of the registered nurse's competency in the intraoperative surgical first assistant role.

    Additional Information
    All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.
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