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Surgical Assistant

Req #:  102903
Facility:  Christ Medical Center
Department:  Clinical Support
City:  Oak Lawn
Posting Budget Status:  Day/PM
Shift Type:  Full Time - Permanent
Posting FTE:  1


Advocate Christ Medical Center is part of Advocate Health Care, one of the nation’s leading health care networks. A not-for-profit, 749-bed, premier teaching institution with more than 1,200 affiliated physicians, Christ Medical Center is one of the major referral hospitals in the Midwest for a number of specialties, including cancer care; cardiovascular services; heart, kidney and lung transplantation; neurosciences; orthopedics; and women’s health. The hospital provides emergency care for more than 100,000 patient visits annually and has one of the busiest Level I trauma centers in Illinois.



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  • Day/PM  Shift - 2- 12 hour shifts 0645-1915; 2-8 hour shifts 0645-1515; Call every 4th weekend


To assist the surgeon in the performance of any surgical procedure, working under the surgeons direction. This position will need to recognize the needs and behaviors of a variety of age groups of patients treated, i.e., understand child growth and development, normal patterns of adolescent behavior and look for signs of normal aging prior experience with various age groups is preferred.



  • Provide first or second assisting for specified surgical procedures as needed and assigned for patients of all ages.
  • Provide assistance in preparation for surgical procedures utilizing aseptic technique.
  • Provide assistance in preparation and maintenance of sterile O.R. environment utilizing aseptic techniques.
  • Ensure that appropriate equipment and supplies are available and functional for the O.R. suite.



  • Certification as Surgical Assistant
  • Minimum of 2 years experience as a Surgical Assistant Knowledge of surgical anatomy, physiology and operative technique related to the specific operative procedures in which the S. A. assists
  • Knowledge of emergency procedures and demonstrated proficiency
  • Ability to operate electrosurgical cautery machine to cauterize blood vessels
  • Highly effective verbal communication skills are required. Ability to learn and use computer systems in order to manage patient information
  • Ability to demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the patient population(s) served
  • Ability to demonstrate knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span and ability to assess data reflective of the patient's requirements relative to his or her population~specific and age specific needs
  • CPR Certification
  • Must be willing to work with exposures to body fluids,waste and chemicals, radiation, hazardous materials, anesthesia gases and life threatening diseases
  • On~call availability (nights, weekends, holidays)
  • Rotating shifts
  • Flexibility to deal with changing environments
  • Ability to respond quickly to emergencies
  • Work in a high stress situations
  • Ability to respond to fire and other codes (e.g., evacuate patients.)
  • If position has direct patient care or direct patient contact the following lifting requirement supersedes any previous lifting requirement effective 06/01/2015. Ability to lift up to 35 pounds without assistance. For patient lifts of over 35 pounds, or when patient is unable to assist with the lift, patient handling equipment is expected to be used, with at least one other associate, when available. Unique patient lifting/movement situations will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.




About Advocate Health Care


Advocate Health Care, named among the nation’s Top 5 large health systems based on quality by Truven Analytics, is the largest health system in Illinois and one of the largest health care providers in the Midwest. Advocate operates more than 250 sites of care, including 12 hospitals that encompass 11 acute care hospitals, the state’s largest integrated children’s network, the state’s largest emergency and Level I trauma network, one of the area’s largest home health care companies, and the region’s largest medical group. Advocate Health Care has 4 teaching hospitals and is a not-for-profit, mission-based health system affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the United Church of Christ.

Nearest Major Market: Chicago