The Surgical Assistant (SA) assists the surgeon/physician in the performance of surgical procedures. The SA has an understanding of human surgical anatomy; has developed surgical skills such as suturing, the proper use of surgical instrumentation, and proper positioning of surgical patients. The SA possesses a working knowledge of the principles of aseptic technique, and perioperative policies and procedural guidelines. The SA must have knowledge of surgical procedures and the ability to anticipate the needs of the surgeon. The SA will work in a multi-specialty perioperative setting that includes general surgery, orthopedic surgery, neurological surgery, spinal surgery, ENT/radical neck surgery, gynecological surgery, urology surgery, cardiovascular surgery, thoracic surgery, vascular surgery, trauma surgery, plastic surgery, colon-rectal surgery, and pediatric surgery.
Graduate of a Surgical Assistant Program with relevant operating room experience within the past 3 years, OR
Mayo Clinic Surgical Assistants hired prior to 10/1/2019 will be considered if a graduate of a school of practical nursing or graduate of a surgical technician program with 1 or more years of experience in a Surgical Assistant or equivalent role within the past 3 years.
Certified as a Certified Surgical Assistant (CSA) through the National Commission for the Certification of Surgical Assistants (NCCSA) or as a Certified Surgical First Assistant (CSFA) through the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA), preferred.
Adapts to unpredictable situations within the perioperative setting. Proven ability to communicate with a variety of people in a direct, empathetic, and articulate manner. Demonstrates patient-centered and customer focused communication skills. Ability to work independently and as a team member with minimal supervision.
License or certification
Maintains current Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers from one of the following programs: American Heart Association or American Red Cross.
Mayo Clinic Surgical Assistants hired prior to 10/1/2019 must have and maintain an active LPN license by applicable state requirements, if relevant.
Education, experience and tenure may be considered along with internal equity when job offers are extended. The minimum pay rate is $28.23 per hour.
Hours / Pay period
72 hours every two week pay period
8-10 hour day shifts. On call weeknights.
On call weekend and holiday rotation.
Eau Claire, with a metro area of 163,000 is home to the 11,000 students at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. Strong schools, low crime rate, and a reasonable cost of living may be expected. With an abundance of outdoor activities, The city also serves as the retail center for west central Wisconsin and the major metro area of Minneapolis/St. Paul is 90 minutes away. Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire is recognized as a Best Hospital in Northwestern Wisconsin and within the top 10 for Hospitals in Wisconsin (U.S. News & World Report, 2019-2020).
Nursing, Surgical Services
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