RN First Assist, CRNFA

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  • Lower Keys Medical Center Lower Keys Medical Center

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  • Full Time

Job Description

Evaluates perioperative patients and plans, implements and documents surgical nursing care. Performs surgical procedures under supervision of a surgeon. Functions in a scrub and circulating nurse role. Relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals. Performs a variety of tasks. A wide degree of creativity and latitude is expected. Typically reports to a manager or head of a unit/department. Requires an associate's degree, certification as a registered nurse first assistant (CRNFA), certification in perioperative nursing (CNOR), and at least 2 years of operating room experience. Familiar with standard concepts, practices, and procedures within a particular field.

Dreaming of living in paradise? Want to join a team delivering unmatched patient care? Enjoy leading an incredible team? If so, we have the perfect role for you!

What We Stand For: Lower Keys Medical Center is a comprehensive regional healthcare resource committed to the delivery of consistent quality services in a safe and fiscally responsible manner that meet the needs of patients, physicians, employees and our community; and to the maintenance of an environment that encourages individual development, teamwork and pride with compassion and respect for each person.

What We Do: Lower Keys Medical Center (LKMC) is a 167 bed, full service, Joint Commission accredited, outstanding, acute care medical facility with a

  • 24/7 emergency room
  • 24/7 laboratory
  • 24/7 radiology services
  • 24/7 specially equipped medical transport helicopter

LKMC has a partnership with the world class medical facility--Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, FL--for the cardiac services and other advanced care it provides.

LKMC is also proud to be the only hospital in the Florida Keys that offers labor and delivery services. We also offer physical therapy in Key West using a multi-joint strength system, in addition to other innovative systems and equipment for customized rehabilitation.

LKMC is fully accredited by the State of Florida and the gold standard, The Joint Commission.

Why You Want to Be a Part of It: When someone joins the Lower Keys Medical team, they aren’t just joining another hospital; they become part of something so much larger. We believe 1 minute wasted on a job you’re miserable in is 1 minute you could be doing something incredible that you actually believe in. Our company culture is collaborative, invigorating and above all, facilitates unmatched patient care.

What Does an {C} Do?: As an CRNFA with Lower Keys Medical Center, you will spend your day…

  • Maintaining a culture of safety using safety tools consistently
  • Using surgical count adjuncts and following count policies
  • Functioning not only as an CRNFA, but also as a circulator and scrub as needed
  • Maintaining a sterile conscience
  • Using multiple pieces of OR equipment and Surgical instruments according to the manufacturer’s instructions for use
  • Knowing sterility requirements and using resources for all equipment and supplies
  • Participating in all phases of the Safe Procedure Review
  • Functioning in the advanced role as an educator and clinical specialist in the perioperative setting
  • Practicing as a first assist under the direct supervision of the surgeon/LIP using a unique set of surgical skills, i.e. suturing, retracting, and other skills per credentialing
  • Assisting in the set-up of the OR room verifying all needed supplies and equipment are in the room and functioning properly
  • Assisting with the proper positioning, prepping and draping of the patient per the surgeon/LIP preferences

What’s In It For You?: Joining the LKMC team gives you an unmatched experience of being a part of something much larger, growth potential, full benefits package, competitive salary, etc.

Which Qualifications Do You Need?: In order to set you up for success, you need the basics of…

  • Licensed as a Registered Nurse
  • Certified in Perioperative Nursing
  • Holding a certificate from and successfully completed a recognized program (A recognized program addresses all content of the Association of Operating Room Nurses, Inc. Core curriculum for the registered nurse first assistant and includes one academic year, defined as 45 hours of didactic instruction and 120 hours of clinical internship, or its equivalent of two college semesters.  
  • Current CRNFA certification,
  • Current BLS
  • Current ACLS and PALS or NRP or obtained within 6 months of hire
  • Being credentialed by through the Medical Staffing Department for appointment, reappointment and for granting, renewing and revising your clinical privileges
  • Adherence to The Florida Nurse Practice Act and the Scope of Nursing 

Lower Key Medical Center is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.


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