Benefits of Surgical Assistants to Hospital Administrations
Decrease Costs & Increase Revenue!
Now more than ever, hospitals are faced with serious budgetary issues that
translate into layoffs and rising costs for operations and procedures.
One way to get "more done with less" for hospital administrators
is through ACE's market-leading
Surgical Assistant Program. Training your surgical technologists and nurses to first assist in surgery
decreases costs and increases revenue because your offer your current
staff members with career advancement, which reduces attrition.
In addition, the training they receive adds value to your surgeons so it's
harder for another hospital to tempt them away from you. New surgeons
are attracted to your hospital because of this value-added service. This
boosts your ability to recruit new surgeons.
Other benefits reaped from our budget-friendly Surgical Assistant Program include:
- Revenue from assistant's cases by relying on our new and unique proprietary
- Happier surgeons
- Reduced liability for surgeons and the hospital
- Reduced possibility surgical errors
- Increase Joint Commission compliance
- Increased Operating Room utilization
The Dangers of First Assisting Without Training & Certification
Your hospital's financial health is at risk in this sue-happy society.
Your surgical technicians and nurses must regularly first assist from
time to time, but if they lack the appropriate training and certification
to first assist, this can be a problem. For example, many hospitals record
them on the Op Report as second scrub instead of first assistant. This
is problematic in medical/legal terms. A smart lawyer could use this information
to weaken or destroy your defense in a malpractice case. He could claim
the OR record was falsified to cover up the fact that a person was assigned
to first assist who wasn't trained and certified for it.
By turning to ACE Surgical Assisting
, you no longer have to worry about any liability issues by properly training
your staff to first assist through our surgical assistant program.
This will allow you to:
- Continue to assign your staff without fear of adverse consequences
- Accurately record the first assistant as the first assistant, not as the
- Your staff will qualify upon graduation for the national ABSA first assistant
certifying exam to become an SA-C (Surgical Assistant – Certified),
on our dime
- Prepare your staff for high-level surgical performance.
Who is qualified to enroll?
In order to qualify for enrollment to our ACE Surgical First Assistant
Program, enrollees must also meet one of the following requirement categories:
- RN's with two years of OR experience and scrub proficiency
- Surgical technologists with proof of graduation from a civilian or military
Surgical Tech Program
- Surgical Technologists who were trained on-the-job. They must provide proof
of high school graduation (or GED equivalency), at least two years of
scrub experience in the OR, and proof of completion of the basic OR sciences
- Nurse Practitioners (NP), Physician Assistants (PA), Medical Doctors (MD
foreign and domestic), and Osteopathic Doctors (DO). It is preferable,
but not required, that these professionals have scrub experience in the OR.
In addition, enrollees must provide two letters from surgeons recommending
them to the program. We do not discriminate based on race, sex, religion,
ethnic origin, or disability. Our online Basic OR Sciences may also be
the perfect refresher course for those who have been out of school for
a long time or are nervous about heading back to the OR.
Offering Alternative Certification for OR Nurses Interested in Advancement
If your OR Nurses have an associate degree in nursing or diploma nurses,
they must meet numerous requirements in order to become Certified RN First
Assistants (CRNFA), such as going back to college to earn a bachelor's
degree and getting 2,000 hours of documented first assisting experience,
to name a few. Not only does it take a lot of time, it can also be very
costly. ACE is proud to offer OR nurses the alternative of becoming a
Certified Surgical Assistant (SA-C) instead.
In fact, many BSN's choose ACE for assisting training even though they
are closer to meeting the CRNFA eligibility requirements for the following reasons:
- They still will be required to sit for the CNOR
- They still have to get 2,000 hours of assisting experience before they qualify
- Most CCI accepted programs have very little hands-on training to prepare
them for the OR.
ADN's and diploma nurses are welcome without the added burdens of earning
a CNOR and going back to university (CNOR and a BA degree are welcome
but not required). They'll be immediately eligible upon graduation
to sit for the ABSA certifying exam and earn the nationally recognized
and prestigious SA-C title.
Have more questions? Contact us today for more information.
To learn more about how the ACE Surgical Assistant Program can benefit
your staff, please
contact us for more information.
Our Surgical Assistant Program is approved by the American Board of Surgical
Assistants (ABSA). We also offer a
six-day Surgical SkillLab™ for those on your staff who don't need to take the complete Surgical
Assistant Program but could brush up on their skills.