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MUSCP - Surgical Assistant - Surgery: Cardiothoracic Surgery

Medical University of South Carolina

Medical University of South Carolina

Charleston, SC, USA
Posted on Thursday, June 15, 2023
  • R-0000010307
  • Charleston, South Carolina
  • Healthcare Support
  • Clinical & Research Support Services
  • Full Time

Job Description Summary

The Department of Surgery, Division of CT Surgery is actively recruiting for a Surgical Assistant.


University Medical Associates (UMA) Only Employees and Financials

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CC001068 COM SURG CT Adult Cardiac Surgery CC

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Job Description

Entity/Organization: MUSC Physicians (MUSCP)

Hours per week: 40

Scheduled Work Hours/Shift: Monday - Friday, Nights, Weekends. Rotating shifts.

Pay Basis/FLSA: Salaried/Exempt

Job Responsibilities:

  • Function as First Assistant in all aspects of Cardiac surgical procedures.
  • Harvest the Greater Saphenous Vein or Radial Artery via an Endoscopic or open technique.
  • Suturing of all surgical wounds using accepted techniques, or as directed by the attending surgeon. Insertion of required tubes, lines, drains including arterial, venous, chest drains or Intra Aortic Balloon Pumps (IABP), as directed by surgeon. Removes IABP or chest tubes when appropriate.
  • Confirms with the surgeon and all members of the surgical team, the correct patient and operative site(s) through a "time out" procedure. Identifies unsafe patient care practices, and assumes responsibility for intervention. Serves as a clinical expert and educator to nurses and those who come to learn. Assists with the orientation of new coworkers and Physician Assistants with regard to Endoscopic Vein Harvesting and first assisting. Provides direct patient care when necessary during emergent situations.

Physical Requirements:

Continuous requirements are to perform job functions while standing, walking and sitting. Ability to bend at the waist, kneel, climb stairs, reach in all directions, fully use both hands and legs, possess good finger dexterity, perform repetitive motions with hands/wrists/elbows and shoulders, reach in all directions. Ability to be qualified physically for respirator use, initially and as required. Maintain 20/40 vision corrected, see and recognize objects close at hand and at a distance, work in a latex safe environment and work indoors. Frequently lift, lower, push and pull and/or carry objects weighing 50 lbs (+/-) unassisted, exert up to 50 lbs of force, lift from 36” to overhead 25 lbs. Infrequently work in dusty areas and confined/cramped spaces.

Additional Job Description

Minimum Training and Education: Must have BS degree from an accredited College or University. Must have a minimum of 3-5 years experience in a Cardiac Surgical setting.

Licensure, Certifications, Registrations: Certification as a surgical assistant by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.

If you like working with energetic enthusiastic individuals, you will enjoy your career with us!

The Medical University of South Carolina is an Equal Opportunity Employer. MUSC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, age, sex, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, protected veteran status, family or parental status, or any other status protected by state laws and/or federal regulations. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment based upon applicable qualifications, merit and business need.

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