Surgical First Assist

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  • Northwest Houghton Hospital

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  • Full Time

Job Description

Position is Full Time working in the Main ORs at the Northwest Houghton Hospital in Tucson, AZ
$$$ sign on bonus for eligible experienced Certified Surgical First Assists  ( CSFA - CSA - SA-C or RNFA )

The Main OR at Northwest Medical Center Houghton opened in 2022 and features 4 surgical suites.  Join a team of surgical professionals who are performing new cutting edge procedures and taking great care of our patients.


NEW benefits offered for STUDENT LOAN REPAYMENT - up to $10,000 for Surgical Techs & First Assists working full time! Ask a Recruiter about these great benefits! 

The Surgical First Assist functions as a First Assistant or as an additional assistant to the surgeon, within scope of practice. Provides scrub and/or circulating nurse services within scope or practice in the operating room during surgical procedures and assists surgical team, as needed, in any other capacity. 

Assists the surgical team during operative procedures, anticipating needs of surgeon. Functions as assistant to surgeon, as evidenced by  retracting tissue and exposing the operating field during operative procedures,  providing homeostasis during surgical procedures and assisting in closure of incisions. Some of the duties of a surgical first assist include - Assists in preparing rooms with appropriate instruments, sutures, supplies and equipment.  Assists with opening of sterile supplies.  Assists in moving, positioning, prepping, and draping patients for surgical procedures. 

Position Qualifications/Minimum Requirements

Required Education: 

Successful completion of Accredited Surgical First Assistant (RNFA, CFA, or CSA) program required.  



Required:  Two (2) years OR experience as Surgical Tech, First Assistant or RN. 

Preferred:  One (1) year First Assistant experience


Certification / Licensure 


CSFA, CSA * RNFA or SA-C - First Assist certification and American Heart Association (AHA) BLS

Preferred:  ACLS  

*For RNFA unrestricted Arizona RN license, CRNA certification, BLS and ACLS Required

CRNFA to be completed within 9 months of employment.


Credentialing requirements as part of Medical Staff Services application -

Must be able to provide documentation of 100 cases / case logs as a first assistant in the past 2 years

Must be able to provide NPI # and current references 

Must maintain competency through continuing education as required by the certifying agency


Northwest Medical Center Houghton is a 52-bed, full-service hospital serving Tucson's east side. With a cath lab, labor and delivery unit, intensive care and neonatal intensive care units, full lab and radiology services and four operating rooms supporting a broad array of specialties, Northwest Medical Center Houghton holds plenty of opportunity for applicants. Whether caring for patients at the bedside or supporting the hospital in a non-clinical role, we're excited to build a team who can really make an impact on our community. NMC Houghton is accredited by The Joint Commission and is an equal opportunity employer: race, gender, disability and Veteran status, and VEVRAA Federal Contractor – priority referral Protected Veterans requested.


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