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Providence Health & Services RN - Surgical First Assist in Portland, Oregon


Providence is calling a RN Surgical First Assist to the Fracture Program at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland, OR. This is a per diem (0.0 FTE), day shift position.

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We are seeking a RN Surgical First Assist that will assist the surgeon in the Operating room specifically with suturing, providing visualization of operative site, patient positioning, retraction of tissue, hemostasis, and dressing placement.

In this position you will have the following responsibilities:

  • Drapes and safely positions surgical patients, utilizing established principles of safe positioning.

  • Provides clear visualization of the operative sites during operative procedures.

  • Assists the surgeon in identifying any structure that should not be ligated and keeps those structures from the operative site by retraction.

  • Ensures correct implants, x-rays, and instruments are in the OR room prior to surgery start. Anticipates and provides instruments and equipment appropriate to the procedure and patient age/size, utilizing available resources.

  • Expedites the operative procedure by anticipating the needs of the surgeon, providing irrigation and caudery as appropriate.

  • Assists the surgeon in providing hemostasis using proper techniques.

  • Independently closes surgical incisions using appropriate techniques.

  • Independently applies wound dressings and casting materials.

  • Acts as a liaison between OR staff and fracture team (surgeon and nurse practitioner). This entails carrying a spectralink phone and checking in with the NP between cases, communicates any unforeseen complications in surgery, help to determine the best sequence of surgeries, communicates any changes of procedure to NP and staff.

  • Under direct supervision and direction of surgeon, may assist with securing implants and placing bone clamps.

  • Understands the delicate nature of handling specimens safely. May be asked by surgeon to collect pathology and place it in the proper containers.

  • Assists surgeon with obtaining proper paperwork, orders, and communication with team.

  • Handles emergency situations calmly and appropriately in accordance with protocol.

  • Presents a professional demeanor at all times, conveying respect for patients, families and co-workers across all disciplines.


Required qualifications for this position includes:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing, required for newly hired Registered Nurses as of 2018.

  • Completion of an accredited First Assist program which meets the standards established by AORN is required.

  • 5 years of Operating Room experience as a Surgical Assistant or First Assistant.

  • Current, unencumbered Oregon RN license.

  • American Heart Association Basic Life Support (AHA-BLS) for Health Care Provider certification required at time of hire.

Preferred qualifications for this position includes:

  • Orthopedic experience in Operating Room

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As the largest healthcare system and largest private employer in Oregon, Providence offers exceptional work environments and unparalleled career opportunities.

The Providence Experience begins each time our patients or their families have an encounter with a Providence team member and continues throughout their visit or stay. Whether you provide direct or indirect patient care, we want our patients to feel that they are in a welcoming place where they can be comfortable and free from anxiety. Our employees create the Providence Experience through simple, caring behaviors such as acknowledging and welcoming each visitor, introducing ourselves and Providence, addressing people by name, providing the duration of estimated wait times and updating frequently if timelines change, explaining situations in a way that puts patients at ease, carefully listening to their concerns, and always thanking people for trusting Providence for their healthcare needs. At Providence, our quality vision is simple,

"Providence will provide the best care and service to every person, every time."

Providence is consistently ranked among the top 100 companies to work for in Oregon. It is also home to two of our award-winning Magnet medical centers. Providence hospitals and clinics are located in numerous areas, ranging from the Columbia Gorge to the wine country to sunny southern Oregon to charming coastal communities to the urban setting of Portland. If you want a vibrant lifestyle while working with a team highly committed to the art of healing, choose from our many options in Oregon.

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Schedule: On Call

Shift: Day

Job Category: Surgical Services (Intraop)

Location: Oregon-Portland

Req ID: 325156