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Cleveland Clinic RN First Assist Cardiothoracic Surgery in Canton, Ohio

Join Cleveland Clinic today at Mercy Health Center in Canton, Ohio. At Mercy Health Center, you will work with talented caregivers to supply world-class care. As an organization dedicated to the well-being of both employees and patients, Cleveland Clinic has been named one of the country's Best Workplaces in Health Care. We are committed to serving the community and treat our patients as family on a day-to-day basis.

A Cardiothoracic RN First Assistant (RNFA) in the OR assists in providing surgical nursing care and treatment to a specified group of patients. This role fulfills one of the most vital programs to Cleveland Clinic and its history by contributing to the open-heart team.

The ideal future caregiver is someone who:

  • Is hardworking, motivated and eager to learn.

  • Can adapt to change.

  • Is a team player.

This is an excellent opportunity for someone who is looking to grow within their career. This department offers continuing education and support certification opportunities. In addition, this department provides flexible scheduling for caregivers to ensure work-life balance.

At Cleveland Clinic, we know what matters most. That's why we treat our caregivers as if they are our own family, and we are always creating ways to be there for you. Here, you'll find that we offer: resources to learn and grow, a fulfilling career for everyone, and comprehensive benefits that invest in your health, your physical and mental well-being and your future. When you join Cleveland Clinic, you'll be part of a supportive caregiver family that will be united in shared values and purpose to fulfill our promise of being the best place to receive care and the best place to work in healthcare.


  • Assesses patient pre- and post-operatively from phase II anesthesia recovery thru discharge. Performs initial and ongoing nursing assessments.

  • Establishes a coordinated plan of care in collaboration with the health care team.

  • Monitors progress of hospitalized patient, assisting with discharge planning.

  • Initiates CPR and other emergency measures as required.

  • Focuses on cost-effective ways to maximize wellness, prevent illness, disability and disease.

  • Functions as a RN-first assist in tissue handling, providing exposure, using instruments, suturing, providing hemostasis and closing tissue and skin in operative setting.

  • Administers medications and treatments as ordered by physician.

  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Completion of Registered Nurse First Assist course required.


  • Current state licensure and Registered Nurse (RN).

  • Certified Nurse Operating Room (CNOR) certification required.

Complexity of Work:

  • Requires critical thinking skills, decisive judgment and the ability to work with minimal supervision.

  • Must be able to work in a stressful environment and take appropriate action.

Work Experience:

  • Minimum three years current clinical experience in the operating room or perioperative area.

Physical Requirements:

  • Requires full range of motion; manual and finger dexterity and eye-hand coordination.

  • Requires standing and walking for extensive periods of time.

  • Requires corrected hearing and vision to normal range.

  • Requires some exposure to communicable disease or bodily fluids.

  • Medium Work - Exerting 20 to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or 10 to 25 pounds of force frequently, and/or greater than negligible up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects. Physical Demand requirements are in excess of those for Light Work.

Personal Protective Equipment:

  • Follows standard precautions using personal protective equipment as required.

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Cleveland Clinic Health System is pleased to be an equal employment employer: Women / Minorities / Veterans / Individuals with Disabilities