Job Description

Certified First Assistant

Cancer care is all we do

Hope in healing

Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA®) takes a unique and integrative approach to cancer care. Our patient-centered care model is founded on a commitment to personalized medicine, tailoring a combination of treatments to the needs of each individual patient. At the same time, we support patients’ quality of life by offering therapies designed to help them manage the side effects of treatment, addressing their physical, spiritual and emotional needs, so they are better able to stay on their treatment regimens and get back to life. At the core of our whole-person approach is what we call the Mother Standard® of care, so named because it requires that we treat our patients, and one another, like we would want our loved ones to be treated. This innovative approach has earned our hospitals a Best Place to Work distinction and numerous accreditations. Each of us has a stake in the successful outcomes of every patient we treat.

Job Description:

Hours: Mon - Fri 6:45am - 3:15pm, must be flexible, occasional OT

Job Summary

Certified First Assist (CFA) responsibilities include, but are not limited to assisting with cleaning, shaving, and positioning patient on operating room table. The Certified First Assist prepares surgical instruments before and after procedure, keeping count of surgical instruments with the Registered Nurse (Circulator).  They will monitor all members of the surgical team in order to maintain a sterile field during each procedure.  The CFA passes instruments and retracts tissues to help visualize the area of the patient where surgeons and surgical assistants are working. Operates suction machines, diagnostic equipment, and learns operation of new instrumentation dependent upon specialty.  The CFA assists with procedures by providing appropriate methods of wound exposure/closure, functions as a surgical technologist when needed or when the needs supersede the surgical assist needs and is available to work when and as needed to provide adequate coverage for the patient care needs of the surgical services department.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 2-year associate degree or experience as an OR Tech required

  • Certification from a certified first assist education and training program

  • Illinois licensure as a first assist

  • CPR card required


We win together

Each CTCA employee is a Stakeholder, driven to make a true difference and help win the fight against cancer. Each day is a challenge, but this unique experience comes with rewards that you may never have thought possible. To ensure each team member brings his or her best self, we offer exceptional support and immersive training to encourage your personal and professional growth. If you’re ready to be part of something bigger and work with a passionate, dynamic group of care professionals, we invite you to join us. 

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