Certified First Assistant

Surgical Services - 206210 Winchester, Virginia Full-Time

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  • Entity: Winchester Medical Center
  • Shift: Day

Who We Are

Valley Health System is a not-for-profit network of hospitals, urgent cares, physician practices, and services. Expanding across Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland, we are devoted to the health of all who call our 18-county area home.

A vital resource for healthcare, we are the region’s largest employer, a dependable community partner, and are at the leading edge of clinical innovations.

We are looking for passionate, innovative, and caring people who will each bring their unique skills and perspectives to our workplace.

What You Will Do:

The CFA is an allied health professional who works under the supervision of a surgeon to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of invasive surgical procedures, ensuring that the operating room environment is safe, that equipment functions properly, and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety. The SA-C or CST-FA works under the direction and supervision of the surgeon, provides assistance with preoperative skin preparation, positioning of the patient, draping, hemostasis, operative site exposure, tissue handling, use of instrumentation, suturing, cleansing of surgical area and application of dressings, and other duties, as requested by the surgeon. They possess expertise in the theory and application of sterile and aseptic technique and combine the knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures, and implementation tools and technologies to facilitate a physician’s performance of invasive therapeutic and diagnostic procedures.

What You Will Bring:


Associates in Science preferred

2 years - Healthcare/Medical - Allied Health CST Experience- Strongly Preferred
2 years - Healthcare/Medical - Surgical Services Experience in surgical area- required
Two years CST experience preferred.

Certification & Licensures
Certification as Surgical Assistant or CST-FA required within 6 months of hire date
BLS Certification (Basic Life Support) - American Heart ‘Healthcare Provider’ (HCP) - AHA approved required *
Registered in state of VA as first assistant preferred
Certified by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA), the National Surgical Assistant Association (NSAA) or the American Board of Surgical Assistants (ABSA).
Registration in first assistant role in State of Virginia within 6 month of hire date is strongly preferred.
* New hires must have American Heart Association (AHA) appropriate certification prior to completion of orientation.

Demonstrates knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span, possesses the ability to assess data reflective of the patient's status and interpret the appropriate information needed in order to provide care for the age group of patients served.
Demonstrates ability to provide exposure, hemostasis and other technical functions that help the surgeon carry out a safe operation with optimal results for the patient.
Demonstrates ability to perform diversified roles, services, or functions.
Competent to provide care using the cognitive, physical, emotional and chronological stages of human growth and development
Must have a reliable means of phone communication with hospital
Required to work a minimum of 2080 hours annually at VH
Works in partnership with the RN circulator, CST, and Surgeon in providing the most reliable care of our patients. Maintains a professional attitude at all times and looks for ways to improve departmental processes. Responsible for continuous education in their role and maintains certification as a surgical assistant or CST-FA.

What You Will Get:

At Valley Health, we believe everyone is a caregiver, and our goal is to create an environment where our caregivers thrive physically, financially, and emotionally. In addition to a competitive salary, our most popular benefits for full-time employees include:
• A Zero-Deductible Health Plan
• Dental and vision insurance
• Generous Paid Time Off
• Tuition Assistance
• Retirement Savings Match
• A Robust Employee Assistance Program to help with many aspects of emotional wellbeing
• Membership to Healthy U: An Incentive-Based Wellness Program

Valley Health also offers a health savings account & flexible spending account for childcare, life insurance, short-term and long-term disability, and professional development. In addition, several perks come with working for the largest employer in the region, such as discounts to on-campus dining, and more.

To see the full scale of what we offer, visit valleyhealthbenefits.com.

Exclusions apply

We celebrate, support, and thrive on our differences for the benefit of our employees, our patients, and the communities we serve.
We are neighbors caring for neighbors, and our goal is always to help those we serve get well, feel well, and stay well.


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Physical Demands
16 A Medical Practitioner