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Providence Perioperative RN - First Assistant (RNFA) in Mission Hills, California


Providence is calling a Perioperative RN, First Assistant (RNFA) - Surgery (Full time/Variable shift) to Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills , CA.

We are seeking a Perioperative RN, First Assistant (RNFA) - Surgery who will provide surgical first assistant, scrub, and/or circulating nurse services in the operating room during surgical procedures, and assist surgical team as needed in any other capacity according to established procedures. Participate in the daily activities of the department as an active team member. Demonstrate proficiency in delivering care to assigned age-specific patient population (e.g., infants, adolescents, adults, geriatrics, pediatrics), and participates in related continuing education. In additional to RNFA duties, is responsible for assigned surgical specialty area.

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, assesses patient's condition, develops individualized plan of care, evaluates outcomes, consults 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 expresses 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

  • Function as a circulating Perioperative RN as requested

  • Manage and coordinate specialty area; directs, teaches, and supervise functions and activities; interpret policies, procedures, standards, and regulations as appropriate


Required qualifications for this position include:

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

  • CNOR or APRN

  • RNFA certificate

  • CRNFA within two years of completion of RNFA program (Required at PHC; Preferred at PSJ)

  • 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

  • ACLS required for RN's working in ICU, ED, Urgent Care, Telemetry, PACU, GI Lab, Cardiac Physiology Lab, Cardiac Rehab, and Diagnostic Imaging. New graduate nurses in ICU have one year from date of hire to complete this requirement. New graduates in the ED must complete ACLS training prior to the end of orientation (16 weeks). Employees transferring into areas that require ACLS must complete the requirement within 180 days

  • PALS required within 180 days of hire/transfer for nurses in ED, Urgent Care, PARC, PACU, Radiology, and Pediatrics (PHCMC). New graduate nurses in ED must complete this requirement within 1 year of hire date

  • NRP required upon hire for licensed staff in L&D, NICU, Nursery, Special Care Nursery. NRP required within 90 days from date of hire/transfer for licensed staff in Postpartum. New graduates for L&D and Postpartum have 90 days from date of hire/transfer to complete this requirement

  • Current California Licensed Registered Nurse

  • Recent clinical experience in the operating room

Preferred qualifications for this position include:

  • Trauma and robotic training

  • Experience in neurosurgery, orthopedics and vascular

  • 1 year experience in OR

About the hospital that you will serve.

Nationally recognized for clinical excellence and trauma care, Providence Holy Cross Medical Center is a 377-bed, level II trauma center in Mission Hills, California. We are the only Magnet®Designated Hospital in the San Fernando Valley. Providence Holy Cross also has been recognized this year by the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of the best places to work in Los Angeles. As our reputation for excellence grows, so does our facility. We have recently expanded our medical center with the addition of a new 138-bed patient care wing. This expansion has made Providence Holy Cross Medical Center one of the largest hospitals serving the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys.

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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.

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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: Variable

Job Category: Surgical Services (Intraop)

Location: California-Mission Hills

Req ID: 255612