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AdventHealth Certified First Assist II Full Time Days $10,000 Sign On Bonus Tampa in Tampa, Florida


Certified First Assist II AdventHealth Tampa

Location Address: 3100 East Fletcher Avenue Tampa, Florida 33613

Top Reasons to Work at AdventHealth Tampa

  • Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute, known across the country for its advances in cardiovascular disease prevention, diagnosis, treatment and research.
  • Surgical Pioneers – the first in Tampa with the latest robotics in spine surgery
  • Building a brand new, six story surgical and patient care tower which will ensure state of the art medical and surgical car for generations to come
  • Awarded the Get With The Guidelines – Stroke GOLD Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and have been recognized as a recipient of their Target: Stroke Honor Roll for our expertise in stroke care. We have also received certification by The Joint Commission in collaboration with the American Stroke Association as a Primary Stroke Center.

Work Hours/Shift:

Full Time, Day or Evening Shift


You Will Be Responsible For:

1. Positioning the patient

   A. The surgeon shall convey the exact position that will give the best exposure for the surgical procedure. The surgical assistant will carry out this order. Consideration will be given to the patient’s comfort and safety.

   B. Points of pressure shall be padded: elbows, heels, knees, eyes, face, and axillary region.

   C. Circulation shall not be impaired. (A tourniquet may be required for some procedures.)

   D. Nerve damage shall be guarded against.

   E. The temperature of the patient should be discussed with the anesthesia personnel and methods employed to maintain        the desired temperature range.

   F. The surgical assistant shall be familiar with common positions related to the surgical procedure and will be able to use the equipment necessary to provide the position.

       Competencies will include the following:

           (1) Fracture tables

           (2) Head stabilizers

           (3) Body stabilizers

           (4) C-arm extensions

           (5) Any other equipment needed

   G. Upon completion of the procedure, the patient shall be evaluated for any possible damage from positioning which will include assessment of the skin. The abnormal condition shall be reported to the surgeon and treatment and documentation shall be carried out.

2. Providing visualization of the operative site by the following:

   A. Appropriate placement and securing of retractors with or without padding

   B. Packing with sponges

   C. Digital manipulation of tissue

   D. Suctioning, irrigating, or sponging

   E. Manipulation of suture materials (e.g., loops, tags, running sutures)

   F. Proper use of body mechanics to prevent obstruction of the surgeon’s view

3. Utilizing appropriate techniques to assist with hemostasis

   A. Permanent

      (1) Clamping and/or cauterizing vessels or tissue

      (2) Tying and/or ligating clamped vessels or tissue

      (3) Applying hemostatic clips

      (4) Placing local hemostatic agents

   B. Temporary

      (1) Applying tourniquets and demonstrating awareness of the indications/contraindications for use with knowledge of side effects of extended use

      (2) Applying vessel loops

      (3) Applying non-crushing clamps

      (4) Applying direct digital pressure

4. Participating in volume replacement or auto-transfusion techniques as appropriate

5. Utilizing appropriate techniques to assist with closure of body planes

   A. Utilizing running or interrupted subcutaneous sutures with absorbable or non-absorbable material

   B. Utilizing subcuticular closure technique with or without adhesive skin closure strips

   C. Closing skin with method indicated by surgeon (suture, staples, etc.

   D. Postoperative subcutaneous injection of local anesthetic agent as directed by the surgeon

6. Selecting and applying appropriate wound dressings, including the following:

   A. Liquid or spray occlusive materials

   B. Absorbent material affixed with tape or circumferential wrapping.

   C. Immobilizing dressing (soft or rigid)

7. Providing assistance in securing drainage systems to tissue

8. Performs operative shave prep, scrub, urinary catheterization, or other patient care tasks as assigned by the RN

9. Anticipates the moves of the surgeon

10. Prepares and maintains surgical area

Proficient in scrubbing for all operative procedures within the scope of service

Setup of procedure/operating room with correct instrumentation and supplies for the scheduled case

Identifies unsafe or defective instrument/equipment and implements appropriate corrective action

Verifies completeness of instruments/sponge/needle count

Cleans instruments, equipment and room as appropriate when procedure is completed

11. Ensures proper disposal of instruments, linen, trash, needles, sponges and other bio hazardous waste             

12. Completes all annual mandatory educational requirements

13. Attends 75% of unit staff meetings

14. Primary preceptor for orientation and instruction of surgical personnel Qualifications

What You Will Need:

  • High School education or equivalent
  • Successful completion of an accredited Surgical Technology Course
  • Minimum three years’ experience as as a CST/CFA (CST experience calculated at ½ years experience).
  • Specialist in at least 2 major surgical specialties (Orthopedics and Neurosurgery/Spine) and Robotics.
  • Certification as a First Assistant by one of the following:
  • National Board of Surgical Technician and Surgical Assistant (NBSTA) or
  • American Board of Surgical Assistant. (ABSA) or
  • National Commission for the Certification of Surgical Assistant (NCCSA)
  • American Health Association BLS
  • Preferred: Certified Surgical Assisting Program

Job Summary:

Prepares and maintains the surgical area, scrubs and is first assistant to the physician during procedures, assists the RN in technical functions related to patient care in the OR and assists in the training of others and functions as a resource within the department.


This facility is an equal opportunity employer and complies with federal, state and local anti-discrimination laws, regulations and ordinances.

We are an equal opportunity employer and do not tolerate discrimination based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, age or disability/handicap with respect to recruitment, selection, placement, promotion, wages, benefits and other terms and conditions of employment.