Surgical Assistants


Also called : Certified First Assistant (CFA), Certified Registered Nurse First Assistant (CRNFA), Certified Surgical Assistant (CSA), Certified Surgical First Assistant (CSFA), Certified Surgical Technician, Gast

What they do


Assist in operations, under the supervision of surgeons. May, in accordance with state laws, help surgeons to make incisions and close surgical sites, manipulate or remove tissues, implant surgical devices or drains, suction the surgical site, place catheters, clamp or cauterize vessels or tissue, and apply dressings to surgical site.

On the job, one would


    KNOWLEDGE


    • Medicine and Dentistry
      Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

    • Customer and Personal Service
      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • English Language
      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Biology
      Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

    SKILLS


    • Active Listening
      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Speaking
      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    • Critical Thinking
      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.

    • Monitoring
      Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

    • Reading Comprehension
      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.

    ABILITIES


    • Oral Comprehension
      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Arm-Hand Steadiness
      The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

    • Finger Dexterity
      The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.

    • Near Vision
      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    • Oral Expression
      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    PERSONALITY

    People interested in this work, will do well at jobs that need;

    • Self-Control
      Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.

    • Attention to Detail
      Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.

    • Dependability
      Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.

    • Integrity
      Job requires being honest and ethical.

    • Stress Tolerance
      Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high-stress situations.

    • Concern for Others
      Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.

    • Adaptability/Flexibility
      Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.

    • Cooperation
      Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

    • Achievement/Effort
      Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.

    • Persistence
      Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.

    Related Occupations

      TECHNOLOGY

      • Medical software

      • Office suite software

      • Presentation software

      • Spreadsheet software

      • Word processing software

      EDUCATION AND TRAINING

      • Preparation

        Medium Preparation Needed

      • Education

        Training in vocational schools or an Associate deg

      • Experience

        Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations.

      • Jobtraining

        Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers.

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