Surgical Assistants

Surgical Assistants

Assist surgeons during surgery by performing duties such as tissue retraction, insertion of tubes and intravenous lines, or closure of surgical wounds. Perform preoperative and postoperative duties to facilitate patient care.

Key Competencies * Self Control * Dependability * Attention to Detail * Integrity * Stress Tolerance * Concern for Others * Adaptability/Flexibility * Cooperation * Achievement/Effort * Persistence

Representative Tasks * Monitor and maintain aseptic technique throughout procedures. * Verify the identity of patient or operative site. * Maintain an unobstructed operative field, using surgical retractors, sponges, or suctioning and irrigating equipment.


Professional Scientific & Technical Services, Government,

Job Family Healthcare Practitioners and Technical

Sample Job Titles Assistant-at-Surgery, Certified First Assistant (CFA), Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Certified Registered Nurse First Assistant (CRNFA), Certified Surgical Assistant (CSA), Certified Surgical First Assistant (CSFA), Certified Surgical Technician, Clinical Assistant, First Assistant, Gastrointestinal Technician (GI Technician), Operating Room Assistant, Operating Room Technician, Registered Nurse First Assistant (RNFA), Surgery Technician, Surgical Assistant, Surgical Assistant-Certified (SA-C), Surgical First Assistant, Surgical Medical Assistant, Surgical Scrub Technician (Surgical Scrub Tech), Surgical Services Assistant, Surgical Technician (Surgical Tech).