Registered Nurse First Assist (RNFA) or Physician Assistant (PA), Cardiac Surgery

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Job ID: 42439
Area of Interest: Nursing
Location: Baltimore, MD US
Hours of Work: Rotating and on-call
Job Facility: University of Maryland Medical Center
Employment Type: Full Time
What You Will Do:

Under clinical supervision of the Division Chief, Cardiac Surgery, assists in the performance of surgical procedures during Open Heart Surgery. During the intraoperative phase of open heart surgery, practices in collaboration with and at the direction of the cardiac surgeons to assist in the performance of the surgical procedures

What You Need to Be Successful:

1. 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.
2. A minimum of two years of experience as a Registered Nurse is required and certification as a RNFA is preferred.
3. 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:a) Pre-operative and post-operative assessment, evaluation of physical and laboratory findings, patient pain management and patient and staff teaching.b) Intraoperative considerations including anatomy and physiology and surgical interventions as related to each system.c) Surgical techniques.d) Surgical hazards and appropriate interventions.
  • Clinical instruction and experience including:a) A minimum of 200 hours assisting in major surgical procedures including positioning, prepping and draping, siding in exposure, retraction, hemostasis, surgical instrumentation, etc. b) Instruction provided by qualified surgeons participating in the program.c) The surgeon preceptor(s) written documentation of the registered nurse’s competency in the intraoperative surgical first assistant role.IV. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
1. Knowledge of surgical anatomy, physiology and operative technique related to the specific operative procedures in which the R.N. assists.
2. Knowledge of emergency procedures and demonstrated proficiency in peri-operative nursing practice as both a scrub and circulator.
3. Ability to operate electrosurgical cautery machine to cauterize blood vessels.
4. Highly effective communication skills are necessary in explaining procedures to patients, preparing written reports for patient medical charts, and providing preliminary results to health care providers.
5. Ability to learn and use computer systems in order to manage patient information.
6. Ability to demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the patient population(s) served. Ability to demonstrate knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span and ability to assess data reflective of the patient's requirements relative to his or her population-specific and age specific needs.
We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law. 
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