Registered Nurse First Assist - RNFA - Operating Room - full time

Ephrata, PA | Nursing | Tracking Code: DRNFAfull

Position Summary:

Full time (72 hours biweekly)



General Summary:

Under the direct supervision of the surgeon, performs a variety of duties in the operative treatment of surgical patients.  Intraoperatively, practices at the direction of the surgeon and does not concurrently function as a scrub nurse.  Assesses the patient preoperatively and develops a nursing care plan based on assessment.   Assists in positioning, skin preparation and draping of the patient.  Uses surgical instruments skillfully in ways consistent with their design and purpose.  Evaluates the patient postoperatively and participates in discharge planning.  Performs other medical services as required.

Duties and Responsibilities:


 1 Provides primary surgical assistance to the surgeon during the operative procedure.

 2 Assesses the patient preoperatively and develops and communicates a patient plan of care based on assessment.

 3 Assists in positioning, skin preparation, and draping of the patient.

 4 Provides hemostasis, wound exposure, handles tissue appropriately to reduce the potential for injury, sutures tissue, and applies dressings to the wound under the direction of the surgeon.

 5 Uses surgical instruments skillfully in ways consistent with their design and purpose.

 6 Assists in transporting the patient postoperatively.

 7 Communicates information to the post anesthesia care unit.

 8 Communicates information to the family as appropriate.

 9 Evaluates the patient postoperatively and participates in discharge planning.

Required Skills

Associate's Degree required

2 - 3 years of perioperative nursing experience in both a scrub and circulating role required

Registration and current RN license in PA

CRNFA certification or acquire within 18 months of eligibility

BCLS certification

CNOR certification

ACLS certification

Successful completion of an RNFA program that includes a didactic and at least 120 hours of clinical component

Similar Opportunities

Why WellSpan Health?

WellSpan Health is an integrated health system that serves the communities of central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland. The organization comprises a multispecialty medical group of more than 1,500 physicians and advanced practice clinicians, a regional behavioral health organization, a home care organization, eight respected hospitals, more than 19,000 employees and 170 patient care locations. WellSpan is a charitable, mission-driven organization committed to exceptional care for all, lifelong wellness and healthy communities. We are committed to transforming the health of the communities we serve and to educating the next generation of clinicians, staff and leaders.

Employment Benefits

  • Sign-on incentives for new employees (click here for details)
  • Medical, dental and vision insurance
  • Life and accidental death insurance
  • Supplemental life insurance
  • Retirement savings plan
  • Paid time off (PTO)
  • PTO bridging
  • Short-term disability
  • Educational assistance
  • Forgivable loan
  • Flexible spending
  • Credit union
  • Employee recreational activities
  • Childcare
  • Complimentary medicine discounts

Diversity & Inclusion

Know, Respect, Include

WellSpan Health believes that diversity includes all the human characteristics that make each of us similar as well as different. We strive to make every person feel welcomed, respected and valued, while creating a safe and inclusive environment where we all have the individual freedom to express our uniqueness in a respectful manner.

WellSpan Health is an equal opportunity employer. Employment selection and related decisions are made without regard to sex, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, color or any other protected class. WellSpan Health does, however, have a tobacco-free/nicotine-free hiring policy.

Quality of Life

Lancaster City was the capital of Pennsylvania from 1799 to 1812. Today, Lancaster County includes a vibrant downtown business district, desirable suburban neighborhoods and sprawling agricultural farms. Life in Lancaster County offers affordable housing, options for higher education, a thriving arts and cultural community, historical attractions, parks and recreational resources, an independent professional baseball team, fine dining and more. When visiting Lancaster, one can't help but recognizing the influence of the Pennsylvania Dutch — farm-to-table and beyond.

Conveniently located in southcentral Pennsylvania, Lancaster is within an easy commute to major cities and has ready access to public transportation. Residents can find local employment in healthcare, tourism, public administration, manufacturing, and both professional and semi-professional services. (Patient population: 535,000)