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SSM Health First Assist in Richmond Heights, Missouri




  • Uses surgical instruments skillfully in ways consistent with their design and purpose as directed by the surgeon. Provides exposure of operative site through use of retractors and other instruments and through suctioning and sponging.

  • Sutures skillfully all varieties of tissue with the appropriate suture materials and suturing techniques. Handles all variety of tissue appropriately to reduce potential for injury or compromised blood supply.

  • Anticipates and plans individualized care based on advanced knowledge of the surgical procedure and anticipates unexpected patient and surgeon needs.

  • Prepares equipment, supply and resource needs based on an individualized plan of care. Re-evaluates and modifies resource needs as needed.

  • Demonstrates knowledge and skills necessary to perform all aspects of a variety of surgical procedures. Implements a plan of care that incorporates physician prescribed treatments, nursing assessments and diagnostic data in a manner that is prioritized, timely, and integrated with the plan of care. Utilizes critical judgment to analyze patient assessment data to develop an appropriate plan of care.

  • Performs in a variety of surgical specialties as needed.

  • Demonstrates competence in delegation, problem solving, conflict resolution, and team building. Evaluates care given by team members and gives feedback. Effectively supervises team members and maintains accountability for standard of care provided. Acts as a resource to other team members.

  • Demonstrates and maintains knowledge and skills necessary to meet physical, psycho-social, spiritual, cultural, and age appropriate needs of each patient.

  • Organizes and utilizes time efficiently. Demonstrates appropriate prioritization. Maintains an organized work environment.

  • Demonstrates the ability to work collaboratively on a team. Demonstrates positive interpersonal relationships with patients, significant others, multidisciplinary team members and co-workers.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Associate's degree or Clinical Certification


  • Three years' experience

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