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Providence RN, First Assist in Burbank, California


Providence is calling a Perioperative Registered Nurse (RN) First Assistant (Full time/Days) to Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, CA.

We are seeking a Perioperative RN First Assistant to provide surgical first assistant, scrub, and/or circulating nurse services in the operating room during surgical procedures, and assists surgical team as needed in any other capacity according to established procedures. Participates in the daily activities of the department as an active team member. Demonstrates proficiency in delivering care to assigned age specific patient population (e.g., infants, adolescents, adults, geriatrics, pediatrics), and participates in related continuing education.

In this position you will:

  • Assist assigned personnel in assuring doctors preferences are readily available.

  • Implement and maintain established department, unit, and hospital policies, procedures, and objectives as well as improving organization performance program, patient/customer safety, environmental, and infection control policies.

  • Cooperate with other personnel to achieve department objectives and maintain good employee relations, interdepartmental objectives, and infection control policies.

  • Provide direct patient care, assess patient's condition, develop individualized plan of care, evaluate outcomes, consult with other specialists as required, and adjusts nursing care processes as indicated to ensure optimal patient care.

  • Prepare patients for scheduled procedures to assist in patient assessment, room set up, positioning and prepping patient.

  • Monitor medical condition of patients and report changes to appropriate personnel.

  • Demonstrate sensitivity to patients’ comfort and privacy and express interest in their progress.

  • Assist surgeons with procedures and other processes related to direct patient care, retracting tissues, hemostasis, handling suture/needle material, and closing skin incisions in accordance with hospital standards.

  • Maintain a safe, comfortable and therapeutic environment for patients/families in accordance with hospital standards.

  • Monitor and ensure accuracy of recording on patient medical records. Maintain all required reports, records, statistics.

  • Ensure an adequate stock of supplies and proper functioning of equipment.

  • Inspect area daily for compliance with policies, procedures, regulations, and standards, and takes corrective action when violations occur.

  • Assist surgical team during operative procedures.

  • Function under surgeons direction as surgical assistant. Assist surgeon during major general and subspecialty surgical procedures.

  • Perform emergency life saving procedures in cases such as cardiac arrest, respiratory arrest, massive hemorrhage, or similar catastrophe.

  • Maintain personal RNFA file with current required information and assures annual surgeon evaluations are completed as required.

  • Maintain and monitor surgical asepsis. Maintain the surgical "neutral zone" for passing of surgical sharps.

  • Participate in unit/hospital quality improvement activities.

  • Enhance professional growth and development through participation in educational programs, current literature, in service meetings, and workshops. Specifically attend at least one workshop/in service specific to specialty and provides information to unit staff.

  • Attend meetings as required.


Required qualifications for this position include:

  • Completion of a CCI (Competency and Credentialing Institute) recognized/approved formal RNFA Program

  • Current California Registered Nurse (RN) license

  • Current National Certification (CNOR)

  • RNFA certificate

  • BLS for Healthcare Providers sponsored by the American Heart Association. NOTE: If employee/applicant has certification by the American Red Cross-CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, this will be accepted until card expiration date

  • Recent clinical experience in the operating room

Preferred qualification for this position include:

  • CRNFA within two years of completion of RNFA program

About the hospital you will serve

Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, CA, is a 414 bed acute care facility, known for its state-of-the-art technology and high quality, compassionate care, has provided the full range of diagnostic, treatment, care and support services for the San Fernando Valley communities for close to 70 years.

Many of our specialized services are provided within our Heart and Vascular Institute, one of Los Angeles County's first STEMI designated receiving centers of heart attack victims; our Hycy and Howard Hill Neuroscience Institute, awarded the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission for a Primary Stroke Center, and the Gold Plus Achievement Award from the American Stroke Association (2010); our Women's Pavilion, and our newly opened the Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center, a comprehensive, state-of-the-art, patient-centered, treatment facility. Our cancer center includes some of the most advanced technology in radiation oncology, highly advanced medical and surgical oncology, excellent clinical outcomes and research, and all patient support services are housed in the same building.

Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center has an exceptional orthopedic program recognized for its excellent outcomes and clinical expertise. And Providence Saint Joseph's Bariatric Program, a leader and resource for those dealing with obesity in Southern California, received a Five-Star Rating for Bariatric Surgery, and Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence designation from HealthGrades.

For information on our comprehensive range of benefits, visit:

Our Mission

As expressions of God’s healing love, witnessed through the ministry of Jesus, we are steadfast in serving all, especially those who are poor and vulnerable.

About Us

Providence is a comprehensive not-for-profit network of hospitals, care centers, health plans, physicians, clinics, home health care and services continuing a more than 100-year tradition of serving the poor and vulnerable. Providence is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Providence does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, disability, veteran, military status, religion, age, creed, national origin, sexual identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law.

Schedule: Full-time

Shift: Day

Job Category: Surgical Services (Intraop)

Location: California-Burbank

Req ID: 265352