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Certified First Assistant - Operating Room

Job ID: 83333
Location: Ketchikan, AK
Work Type: Full Time
Shift: Day
Shift Length: 8 Hours
FTE: 1.00
Benefit Eligibility: Full-time benefits

Job Description


PeaceHealth is seeking a Certified First Assistant - Operating Room for a Full Time, 1.00 FTE, Day position. The general salary range for this job opening at PeaceHealth is $35.22 – $52.84. The actual hiring rate is dependent upon several factors, including but not limited to, the job/position responsibilities, location, terms of the applicable collective bargaining agreement, education, training, work experience, seniority, work performance, etc.

Hiring Bonus and Relocation Assistance may be available!

CONTACT: Melissa Gumbert, Talent Acquisition Recruiter / [email protected] 

Responsible for practicing in collaboration with and at the direction of the surgeon during the intraoperative phase of the perioperative experience. Collaborates during surgery with the surgeon and the healthcare team in performing a safe operation with optimal outcomes for the patient.

Essential Functions

  • Accumulates the appropriate surgical armamentarium.
  • Positions the patient on the operating room table.
  • Preps patient for surgical procedures (shave, catheterize, drape, etc.).
  • Provides exposure for the surgical procedure.
  • Provides hemostasis by suction, cauterization, clamping, suturing or ligation.
  • Administers local anesthesia as directed by the surgeon.
  • Places dressing.
  • Maintains accurate, legible and confidential records. Completes documentation pertinent to patient medical record.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.



  • Accredited Program Required: Surgical Technology.
  • Accredited Program Required: Certified First Assistant. 
  • Required: Completion of a mentored internship with a minimum of 120 hours of clinical experience demonstrating the ability to function as a CFA.


  • Minimum of 1 year Required: Demonstrated training and minimum of one year of experience and current competence in performing CFA tasks required.


  • Required: Certified First Assistant
  • Required: Certified Surgical Technologist
  • Required Upon Hire: Basic Life Support


  • Well organized, detail oriented and self-motivated. (Required)
  • Ability to coordinate activities and work collaboratively with others. (Required)
  • Ability to execute detailed procedures with accuracy and precision. (Required)
  • Basic computer/keyboarding skills including MS Office applications. (Required)
  • Understanding of operating room protocols. (Required)

Working Conditions


  • Patient handling no greater than 35 lbs. without the use of assistive equipment and/or devices (NIOSH).
  • Ability to move around area with occasional sitting.
  • Ability to move around area with occasional sitting.
  • Frequent Manual Dexterity and Tactile Sensitivity.
  • Frequent push/ pull/ carry/ stoop/ bend/ reach.
  • Occasional Kneeling.

Environmental Conditions

  • Exposure to biohazard, body fluids and airborne particles.
  • Time spent on site in medical/hospital setting.


  • Vision and hearing required within normal limits (glasses, contacts, hearing aids permitted).
  • Ability to communicate and exchange accurate information.

PeaceHealth is committed to the overall wellbeing of our caregivers: physical, emotional, financial, social, and spiritual. We offer caregivers a competitive and comprehensive total rewards package. Some of the many benefits included in this package are full medical/dental/vision coverage; 403b retirement plan employer base and matching contributions; paid time off; employer-paid life and disability insurance with additional buyup coverage options; tuition and continuing education reimbursement; wellness benefits, and expanded EAP and mental health program.

See how PeaceHealth is committed to Inclusivity, Respect for Diversity and Cultural Humility.

For full consideration of your skills and abilities, please attach a current resume with your application. EEO Affirmative Action Employer/Vets/Disabled in accordance with applicable local, state or federal laws.

PeaceHealth requires a completed Primary Vaccine Series (e.g., 2 dose monovalent Pfizer, Moderna or Novavax series or 1 dose J&J vaccine series) or be Up to Date (receiving the most recent Pfizer/Moderna bivalent vaccine/booster) for COVID-19 vaccination prior to their start date. PeaceHealth has a medical and religious exemption request process for those that are unable to receive the COVID-19 primary vaccine series due to medical/religious reasons. For caregivers that will be working in Oregon there is a personal vaccine exemption form that may be requested.

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