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RN First Assistant Full Time Days

Job ID: 2005038155 Date posted: 08/31/2021 Facility: Desert Regional Medical Center
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We know it takes a special person to be a nurse, and we are committed to providing our nurses with an enriching and rewarding environment. We provide the resources, tools and support our employees need to serve our patients and customers in the best way possible — so we can provide the right care, in the right place, at the right time, and do so with compassion.

  • Days
  • No travel

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I feel like I'm rewarded in many ways. Just the time that I get to share with patients and learn who they are - I feel like that's a gift to me.”

- Elizabeth Vernon, RN


  • Medical
  • Paid Time Off
  • Dental
  • 401(k)
  • Tutition
  • Life and

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Full Time, 10 hour, Days
Desert Regional Medical Center is a 385 bed acute-care hospital classified as a stroke receiving center and level 2 trauma facility with an innovative , patient centered and evidence-based Rehabilitation Services Department. Our compassionate team provides a wide range of inpatient and outpatient services, including acute care rehabilitation, joint replacement & spinal surgery, neurosurgery, ICU, Telemetry, step-down care, skilled nursing, as well as outpatient therapy, hand and lymphedema clinics.

General Duties:

The Registered Nurse First Assistant (RNFA) is a perioperative nurse who may function as an assistant to the surgeon in the operating room during surgical procedures. The RNFA performs first assistant behaviors according to standardized hospital policies. In addition to first assisting, responsibilities may include circulating, scrubbing and other duties as assigned.

Department Specific Duties:

•Demonstrates ability to perform all RNFA duties specific to Cardiothoracic surgery.
•Submits annual performance review by physicians in a timely manner.
• Demonstrates ability to perform additional responsibilities in the Cardiac OR such as circulating, scrubbing and
•HOB duties.
•Demonstrates ability to accurately pull case carts.
•Maintains clinical competence by assisting on surgical procedures
•Participates in the call rotation
•Participates in preoperative assessment and planning for selected surgical patients
•Recognizes safety hazards and initiates appropriate preventative and corrective actions
•Provides exposure through appropriate use of instruments, retractors, suctioning, and sponging
•Handles and dissects tissues in collaboration with the surgeon
•Clamps blood vessels, coagulates bleeding points, ligates vessels, and performs other procedures in collaboration with the surgeon
•Sutures muscle, fascia, subcutaneous, and skin tissue in collaboration with the surgeon
•Places drains as surgically indicated



•Graduate of an approved school of Nursing, and posses a current California RN license

•Certified as a perioperative nurse (CNOR) required
•Completion of an approved/accredited RNFA course, including the completion of the required internship hours
•Proficient in perioperative nursing practice as both scrub and circulating nurse with diversified operating room experience.
•Current American Heart Association BLS Certification (maintain current at all times).
•Current Advanced Cardiac Life Support ACLS Certification (maintain current at all times).
•Effective verbal and written communication skills to communicate with people on all levels and able to maintain positive working relationships with patients, families, and co-workers inter- and intra-departmentally.
•Possess active listening skills.
•Demonstrates knowledge of current nursing theory and practice.
•Compassionate, non-judgmental patient caregiver and advocate.
•Must be able to tolerate physically and mentally demanding work.
•Possesses audible, visual, and manual acuity necessary for maintaining patient safety.
•Completion of mandatory programs to meet TJC standards is a job requirement.


Job: Surgical Services
Primary Location: Palm Springs, California
Facility: Desert Regional Medical Center
Job Type: Full-time
Shift Type: Days
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