Sanford Health Orthopedic First Assistant - Orthopedics in Bemidji, Minnesota

Job Title: Orthopedic First Assistant | Orthopedics | Bemidji


State: Minnesota


Job Schedule: Full Time

Shift: Days

Hours Per Shift: 8 hr


Carry out specialized, expanded perioperative nursing role in assisting the operating surgeon in performing technical surgical procedures with optimal results for the patient, as well as general nursing care according to standards of nursing practice in accordance with applicable safety laws and regulations. Assists operating surgeons with intra-operative procedures like homeostasis, exposure, closure, etc. Develops specialized preoperative plans in coordination with appropriate surgeons and health team members. Prepares surgical tools and equipment, administers intraoperative medications and takes preventative measures to ensure applicable health and safety regulations are satisfied. Functions interdependently with the surgeon during the intraoperative portion of practice, as well as within the clinical practice setting. Must demonstrate knowledge of surgical anatomy/physiology and operative technique, have ability to apply the principles of asepsis/infection control, recognize safety hazards, and initiate appropriate corrective action. Performs responsibilities in accordance with the Nurse Practice Act according to applicable state, institutional policies and procedures of facility, and the Association of Registered Nurses (AORN) Position Statement on RN First Assistants. Practices in collaboration with the surgeon and the health care team in performing a safe operation with optimal outcomes for the patient. Functions as an assistant in all surgical specialties at the direction of the attending surgeon. Does not concurrently function as the scrub nurse.


Builds a rapport with the patient and explains the condition and course of action effectively. Collaborates with surgeons and provides appropriate assistance during surgical procedures. Documents the critical elements within a patient chart to help others. Examines medical records of patients to determine potential risk factors during surgery. Follows appropriate scheduling procedures and prioritizes actions. Identifies and considers alternative approaches to situations or problems. Leverages prior experience as a help towards handling changing situations. Maintains safe and sterile working environments to ensure the safety of patients and surgical teams. Monitors patient's health conditions and records all medical related data, e.g. progress notes. Monitors patients' recoveries during and after surgery; takes emergency measures if necessary. Performing age related patient assessments and nursing interventions. Promotes and ensures patient satisfaction with surgery and care services. Responsible for promoting a safe environment for patients, families, staff, residents, and visitors and working collaboratively with the multi-disciplinary health care team to provide the best outcomes for patients. This position is full-time, 80 hours every 2 weeks, day shifts.



Currently holds an unencumbered RN license with the State Board of Nursing where the practice of nursing is occurring and/or possess multistate licensure if in a Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) state. Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) required. Certification in perioperative nursing (CNOR) is preferred. Certified as a Registered Nurse First Assistant (CRNFA) certification preferred. Must participate in the credentialing process required by the hospital which includes approval by the Executive Committee upon recommendation of the Credentials Committee to practice in the surgical area. Graduate from a nationally accredited nursing program preferred, including, but not limited to, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), and National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA). Bachelor's degree in nursing is preferred. Registered nurse (RN) experience preferred.

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City: Bemidji

State: Minnesota

Job Function: Nursing

Job Schedule: Full Time

Shift: Days

Req Number: req23341