Covenant Health

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CST First Assistant
Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center
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Certified Surgical Technologist First Assistant, Surgery

Full Time, 80 Hours Per Pay Period, Day Shift


Position Summary: With directed delegation, assists the surgeon throughout the entire surgical procedure. The surgeon may allow the surgical first assistant to tie or cauterize vessels, muscle, or fat under their immediate direction or observation; the surgical first assistant may close the skin with suture or staples and place dressings. It is the surgeon’s responsibility to verify the acceptability and appropriateness of the closure.


Minimum Education: None specified; however, must be sufficient to meet the standards for achievement of the below indicated license and/or certification as required by the issuing authority.


Minimum Experience: Must have previously worked as a Surgical Technologist (CST or Non-Certified CST). Experience performing certified surgical technologist duties in an operating suite sufficient to meet the experience requirements mandated by one of the certifying bodies indicated below.


License/Certification: Must have and maintain one of the following certifications:

  • Certified First Assistant (CSFA) by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA);
  • Certified Surgical Assistant (CSA) by the National Surgical Assistants Association (NSAA).







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