RN First Assist - Operating Room - Wyandotte - Fulltime Rotating shift

2112034 Requisition #

Registered Nurse First Assistant (RNFA) works under the supervision and direction of the operating surgeon and in collaboration with the health care team members, to carry out technical behaviors that assist the surgeon in performing a safe operative procedure. If Certified RNFA, the national certification is to be maintained according to the national organizations criteria. A copy of the national certification documentation will be maintained in the employees file.

The RNFA / CRNFA possesses a working knowledge of operating room procedures with respect to attire, infection control and is familiar with individual requirements and recommended practices of regulatory compliance. The RNFA / CRNFA perform other surgical team duties, such as, scrub/circulate/turnover and other duties as assigned when not functioning in the role of the first assistant. As a member of the HFHS staff, daily assignments will be made based on departmental need.

The RNFA / CRNFA must have the ability to anticipate the needs of the surgeon, other team members and the patient, with respect to the requirements of a particular surgical procedure. Has procedure knowledge related to normal /abnormal anatomy; ability to anticipate and provide for potential complications; confirms that instrumentation is appropriate for patient age and size. Reports directly to the OR Director / Manager and/or assigned specialty team leadership. The daily contact with medical, residents, administrative, nursing support staff and vendors will be collegial, professional and in accordance with HFHS customer service and service excellence standards.


The RNFA must have acquired the necessary knowledge, judgment and skills specific to the expanded role of RNFA Clinical practice. Intraoperatively, the RNFA practices at the direction of the surgeon and does not concurrently function as a scrub nurse.

Current Michigan RN license.

Certification as a CRNFA is desired from the Competency Institute and Credentialing (CCI). A RNFA who is not certified upon hire will have 1 year from date of hire to complete the certification. All staff within the current job description will continue to perform in the job classification and known as a RNFA.

The CRNFA is a perioperative RN with (3) years experience as a registered nurse who has successfully completed a RNFA program (didactic and clinical requirements) that meets Competency and Credentialing Institute (CCI) and Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN) educational standards, has successfully completed the CRNFA exam from CCI and is certified as a Certified Nurse Operating Room (AORN).

BCLS and ACLS certification required and must be maintained per hospital policy.


       Under the leadership of President and CEO Wright L. Lassiter, III, Henry Ford Health System is a

       $6 billion integrated health system comprised of six hospitals, a health plan, and 250+ sites

       including medical centers, walk-in and urgent care clinics, pharmacy, eye care facilities and

       other healthcare retail. Established in 1915 by auto industry pioneer Henry Ford, the health system

       now has 32,000 employees and remains home to the 1,900-member Henry Ford Medical Group, one

       of the nation’s oldest physician groups. An additional 2,200 physicians are also affiliated with the

       health system through the Henry Ford Physician Network. Henry Ford is also one of the region’s  

       major academic medical centers, receiving between $90-$100 million in annual research funding and

       remaining Michigan’s fourth largest NIH-funded institution. Also an active participant in medical

       education and training, the health system has trained nearly 40% of physicians currently practicing

       in the state and also provides education and training for other health professionals including nurses,

       pharmacists, radiology and respiratory technicians. visit HenryFord.com.


       Whether it's offering a new medical option, helping you make healthier lifestyle choices or

       making the employee enrollment selection experience easier, it's all about choice.  Henry

       Ford Health System has a new approach for its employee benefits program - My Choice

       Rewards.  My Choice Rewards is a program as diverse as the people it serves.  There are

       dozens of options for all of our employees including compensation, benefits, work/life balance

       and learning - options that enhance your career and add value to your personal life.  As an

       employee you are provided access to Retirement Programs, an Employee Assistance Program

       (Henry Ford Enhanced), Tuition Reimbursement, Paid Time Off, Employee Health and Wellness,                 and a whole host of other benefits and services.  Employee's classified as contingent status are not         eligible for benefits.    

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        Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer Henry Ford Health System is

        committed to the hiring, advancement and fair treatment of all individuals without regard to

        race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, size, height,

        weight, marital status, family status, gender identity, sexual orientation, and genetic information,

        or any other protected status in accordance with applicable federal and state laws.

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