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Full-Time Surgical Tech First Assist (UPMC Jameson)

  • Job ID: 150767774
  • Status: Full-Time
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • Hours:
  • Shift: Day Job
  • Facility: UPMC Jameson
  • Department: Operating Room
  • Location: 1211 Wilmington Avenue, New Castle PA 16105
  • Union Position: No
  • Salary Range: $22.95 to $38.11 / hour


UPMC Jameson is hiring a full-time Surgical Tech First Assist to join the Operating Room Team! This full-time role will work day shift, 8- hour or 10-hour shift lengths. This position will have rotating weekends, holidays, and on-call requirements. This a regionalized position that will travel between UPMC Jameson and UPMC Horizon - Shenango Valley. Candidates with surgical experience, CST, and FA certification are encouraged to apply!


We are currently offering NEW STARTING RATES AND SIGN-ON BONUSES for all full-time Surgical Technologist positions! The amount of the sign-on bonus is dependent upon your years of Surgical Technology experience. Don't miss out - Apply today!

0-1 years of experience:

2-year commitment: $10,000
3-year commitment: $12,000

1-2 years of experience:

2-year commitment: $12,000
3-year commitment: $17,000

2+ years of experience:

2-year commitment: $15,000
3-year commitment: $25,000


The Certified Surgical First Assistant provides aid in exposure, hemostasis, closure, and other intraoperative technical functions that help the surgeon carry out a safe operation with optimal results for the patient. In addition to intraoperative duties, the Certified Surgical First Assistant also performs preoperative and postoperative duties to better facilitate proper patient care. The Certified Surgical First Assistant performs these functions during the operation under the direction and supervision of the surgeon and in accordance with hospital policy and appropriate laws and regulations. Responsible for performing a variety of procedures or may specialize in a surgical specialty where appropriate. Performs responsibilities of a Surgical Technologist as needed or required.



  • Prepare patients for surgery by wash, shave, and ensure aseptic incision sites. May transport patients to the operating room, help position them on the operating table, and cover them with sterile surgical drapes.
  • Demonstrate excellent communication skills and collaborates with the surgeons, specialty team members and other departments. Serve as a resource for staff and other disciplines. Identifies process improvement opportunities and assists in implementation.
  • 3. Utilizing appropriate techniques to assist with hemostasisA. Permanent(1) Clamping and/or cauterizing vessels or tissue(2) Tying and/or ligating clamped vessels or tissue(3) Applying hemostatic clips(4) Placing local hemostatic agents
  • Assume responsibility under the direction of the Clinician for all repairs, ordering and maintenance of supplies, equipment, lasers and instrumentation related to the specialty service. Assist the Clinician in supervising the use of supplies and equipment for patient care and safety in all procedures.
  • Competencies will include the following:(1) Fracture tables(2) Head stabilizers(3) Body stabilizers(4) C-arm extensions(5) Any other equipment neededG. Upon completion of the procedure, the patient shall be evaluated for anypossible damage from positioning which will include assessment of theskin. The abnormal condition shall be reported to the surgeon andtreatment and documentation shall be carried out.
  • Support cost containment in the use of materials and equipment.
  • 2. Providing visualization of the operative site by the following:A. Appropriate placement and securing of retractors with or without paddingB. Packing with spongesC. Digital manipulation of tissueD. Suctioning, irrigating, or spongingE. Manipulation of suture materials (e.g., loops, tags, running sutures)F. Proper use of body mechanics to prevent obstruction of the surgeon?s view
  • 1. Positioning the patientA. The surgeon shall convey the exact position that will give the bestexposure for the surgical procedure. The surgical assistant will carry outthis order. Consideration will be given to the patient?s comfort and safety.B. Points of pressure shall be padded: elbows, heels, knees, eyes, face, andaxillary region.C. Circulation shall not be impaired. (A tourniquet may be required for someprocedures.)D. Nerve damage shall be guarded against.E. The temperature of the patient should be discussed with the anesthesiapersonnel and methods employed to maintain the desired temperaturerange.F. The surgical assistant shall be familiar with common positions related tothe surgical procedure and will be able to use the equipment necessary toprovide the position.
  • Close all wound layers (fascia, subcutaneous and skin) as per surgeon?s directive. Be familiar with different sutures and suturing techniques to provide desired outcome.
  • Demonstrate initiative in problem solving as related to patient and technical issues that contribute to the improvement of the Operating Room function and operation.
  • A. Utilizing running or interrupted sutures with absorbable or nonabsorbablematerial of wound layers, including muscle and fascia.B. Utilizing subcuticular closure technique with or without adhesive skinclosure stripsC. Closing skin with method per surgeon?s directive (suture, staples, etcD. Postoperative subcutaneous injection of local anesthetic per surgeon?sdirective
  • B. Temporary(1) Applying tourniquets and demonstrating awareness of theindications/contraindications for use with knowledge of sideeffects of extended use(2) Applying vessel loops(3) Applying noncrushing clamps(4) Applying direct digital pressure4. Participating in volume replacement or autotransfusion techniques as appropriate5. Utilizing appropriate techniques to assist with closure of body planes
  • 6. Selecting and applying appropriate wound dressings, including the following:A. Liquid or spray occlusive materialsB. Absorbent material affixed with tape or circumferential wrapping.C. Immobilizing dressing (soft or rigid)7. Providing assistance in securing drainage systems to tissue



Completion of a formal surgical technician program offered by a community or junior college, vocational school, university, hospital or the military. Graduate of an accredited Surgical First Assist ProgramCurrent certification as a Certified First Assist (CFA through the National Board of Surgical Technologist and Surgical Assistants)3 years of current Operating Room experience preferredAdvanced knowledge of at least 2 surgical specialists with 1 year experience in selected specialty desired.Requires full range of motion, manual and finger dexterity and eye-hand coordination. Advanced knowledge and skill in major operative surgical specialties performed. Advanced knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and potential complications for procedures performed. Advanced knowledge and skill of aseptic surgical techniques used in the preparation of materials, supplies, and equipment for various surgical procedures and suturing.Ability to anticipate and recognize physician?s needs and changes that requires unplanned or unanticipated interventions and responds appropriately

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
Cert Surgical TechnicianCert First Assist through NBSTSA or ABSA to be obtained within one year of hire/transfer dateBasic Life Support (BLS) for Heathcare Providers

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) OR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Certified Surgical First Assist
  • Certified Surgical Technologists (CST) OR Tech in Surgery-Certified (TSC)
  • Act 31 Child Abuse Reporting with renewal
  • Act 33 with renewal
  • Act 34 with renewal
  • Act 73 FBI Clearance with renewal

  • UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

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Individuals hired into this role must comply with UPMC’s COVID vaccination requirements upon beginning employment with UPMC. Refer to the COVID-19 Vaccination Information section at the top of this page to learn more.

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