Job Description

$7,500 Sign-on bonus offered to eligible experienced Surgical First Assists!
Position is at Northwest Medical Center in the Main OR 

NEW benefits offered for STUDENT LOAN REPAYMENT - up to $10,000 for Surgical Assists working full time!


This Full time position is scheduled for day shifts and is also scheduled to be on call as needed working at Northwest Medical Center in our 16 OR Surgical Suites


Position Purpose

The Surgical First Assist functions as a First Assistant or as an additional assistant to the surgeon, within scope of practice. Provides scrub and/or circulating nurse services within scope or practice in the operating room during surgical procedures and assists surgical team, as needed, in any other capacity. 

Some of the duties of a surgical first assist include - Assists in preparing rooms with appropriate instruments, sutures, supplies and equipment.  Assists with opening of sterile supplies.  Assists in moving, positioning, prepping, and draping patients for surgical procedures.  Assists the surgical team during operative procedures, anticipating needs of surgeon. Functions as assistant to surgeon, as evidenced by  retracting tissue and exposing the operating field during operative procedures,  providing homeostasis during surgical procedures and assisting in closure of incisions.

This position is scheduled in the Main OR and takes call


Position Qualifications/Minimum Requirements


Successful completion of Accredited Surgical First Assistant (RNFA, CFA, or CSA) program required.                                               



Required:  Two (2) years OR experience as Surgical Tech or RN. 

Preferred:  One (1) year First Assistant experience



Ability to perform all surgical skills required to assist Surgeon with procedures.   



Position Qualifications/Minimum Requirements        


Required: Successful completion of Accredited Surgical First Assistant (RNFA, CFA, or CSA) program required (in addition to "Certification" - see below )                                    


Two (2) years OR experience as Surgical Tech or RN required. 

One (1) year First Assistant experience strongly preferred.     


Must also be able to provide Documentation of 100 cases as a First Assistant in the past 2 years for credentialing process    



Required: For CSA or CFA, certification and BLS required. 

For RNFA unrestricted Arizona RN license, certification, BLS and ACLS

CRNFA to be completed within 9 months of employment.

Preferred: For CSA or CFA, ACLS preferred 


Northwest Medical Center is comprised of a 300-bed  hospital, three urgent care facilities, a freestanding emergency center and a large physician group, offering you a variety of settings in which to work.  Every location is dedicated to providing safe, quality patient care, but more than that is the commitment to employees.  It strives to provide a culture of teamwork, respect and appreciation for all staff, whether they care for patients directly or work in a support role. With employee appreciation celebrations throughout the year, opportunities for growth and the satisfaction that you are part of a hospital leading the way with accessible, convenient healthcare in Tucson, Northwest is a great place to work.  NMC is accredited by The Joint Commission and is an equal opportunity employer:  race, gender, disability and Veteran status, and VEVRAA Federal Contractor – priority referral Protected Veterans requested.

Application Instructions

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