Jan 26, 2021

Registered Nurse, Surgical First Assist, Cardiac Operating Room

  • Emory Healthcare
  • Atlanta, GA, USA

Job Description

Registered Nurse, Surgical First Assist, Cardiac Operating Room

St. Joseph's Hospital
Campus Location
Atlanta, GA, 30342
Campus Location
SJH Operating Room
Job Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Number
Job Category
Standard Hours
40 Hours


Emory Healthcare nurses are redefining CVOR care.

At Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital, you will join a team that is setting the pace for surgical care to advance medical discoveries and outcomes on behalf of our patients.

We perform over 1,200 cases per year encompassing all facets of cardiothoracic surgery such as coronary bypass, root replacement, complex repairs of the aorta and aortic valve, VADS, and robotics. As an early adopter of robotic assisted surgery in 2002, we have performed over 3,000 mitral valve surgeries with a 98% repair rate, leading the world in volume and outcomes. Our robotic program includes mitral valve, myxoma, tricuspid valve, congenital defects and robotic coronary artery bypass grafting. Our thoracic surgery program is a leader in robotic surgery performing total esophagectomy, lobectomy, wedge resection and other surgeries on the chest. We are a mentor site for training and advancement of cardiac and thoracic robotic assisted surgery. This and our team sets us apart from other programs in the country. Click here to learn more about how we integrate science and caring to change the face of health care: http://news.emory.edu/stories/2016/12/saint_josephs_murphy_world_record/.

Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital is Atlanta's longest-serving hospital and has been recognized as a Magnet hospital since 1995. In 2019, it became the first community hospital in the world to earn six consecutive Magnet designations. Today, the 410-bed, acute-care facility is recognized as one of the top specialty-referral hospitals in the Southeast. Emory Saint Joseph’s is a leader among all Georgia hospitals and is part of the Emory Healthcare system, Georgia’s only health system with four Magnet®-designated hospitals.

As a nationally recognized academic health system, we promote the ongoing professional and personal development of our employees. We believe in recognizing the contributions of our people with a highly competitive benefits and compensation package, with pay based on experience and clinical specialty. We are seeking an experienced CVOR RNFA to join our team. If you are an experienced CVOR first assist, we invite you to consider advancing your career at Emory Healthcare.

We’re defining a new standard of care for humankind. Are YOU ready to join us?



  • Assists attending surgeon, surgical resident and/or physician's assistant during surgical procedures including retraction, hemostasis, suctioning, suturing, suture organization, bone graft harvests, wound management and other assistance as necessary.
  • Assists in opening and closing the patient's spine.
  • Harvests and prepares bone graft for spinal fusion.
  • Assists in spine procedures including anterior cervical disectomy/fusion, posterior cervical fusion, anterior thoracic/lumbar decompression/fusion, posterior thoracic/lumbar decompression/fusion, and insertion of spinal instruments.
  • Assists in opening and closing surgical wounds.
  • Performs debridement of primary and secondary closure of muscle flaps.
  • Preps, positions, catherizes, and drapes patients and assists in exposing and suturing wounds.
  • Assists in management of patients during emergency situations.
  • Maintains confidentiality, patient privacy, and operation room standards.
  • Works with manager to formulate plan for professional development.
  • Attends educational in-services as appropriate.
  • Participates in professional activities and organizations to maintain knowledge of current trends, practices, and developments.
  • Complies with and adheres to departmental policies and procedures in accordance with state, federal, and organizational guidelines. Performs other related duties as required.


  • All nurses employed in roles requiring an unencumbered nursing license must have a valid, active license or temporary permit approved by the Georgia Licensing Board.
  • Successful completion of the Emory Surgical Assistant training program or a Registered Nurse/Physician's Assistant nationally certified as an Registered Nurse First Assistant.
  • BLS and Healthcare Provider certifications required.


20-50 lbs; 0-33% of the work day (occasionally); 11-25 lbs, 34-66% of the workday (frequently); 01-10 lbs, 67-100% of the workday (constantly); Lifting 50 lbs max; Carrying of objects up to 25 lbs; Occasional to frequent standing & walking, Occasional sitting, Close eye work (computers, typing, reading, writing), Physical demands may vary depending on assigned work area and work tasks.


Factors affecting environment conditions may vary depending on the assigned work area and tasks. Environmental exposures include, but are not limited to: Blood-borne pathogen exposure Bio-hazardous waste Chemicals/gases/fumes/vapors Communicable diseases Electrical shock , Floor Surfaces, Hot/Cold Temperatures, Indoor/Outdoor conditions, Latex, Lighting, Patient care/handling injuries, Radiation , Shift work, Travel may be required. Use of personal protective equipment, including respirators, environmental conditions may vary depending on assigned work area and work tasks.