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Surgical First Assistant Interview Questions

30 Surgical First Assistant Questions and Answers by on December 22nd, 2018

Darby Faubion has been a Nurse and Allied Health Educator for over 20 years. She has clinical experience in several specialty areas, including pediatrics, medical-surgical, critical care, and hospice.

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Working in surgery requires a great deal of attention to detail and often multi-tasking. What do you do to help keep yourself from becoming overwhelmed?

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Surgical First Assistant Interview Questions

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    Working in surgery requires a great deal of attention to detail and often multi-tasking. What do you do to help keep yourself from becoming overwhelmed?

      How to Answer

      Managing the care of a patient in a surgical setting requires the ability to multitask and ensure all details are checked and double-checked. In a surgical first assistant interview, discuss your understanding of the importance of maintaining detailed records, performing multiple assessments and handling instruments and performing procedures efficiently and accurately.

      Answer Examples

      Darby's Answer

      "I am very detail-oriented. One of my strengths as a surgical first assistant is to manage multiple medical tasks with the highest degree of excellence."

      Darby's Answer

      "I have learned to recognize the things that may cause me to feel overwhelmed and try to address them before a situation gets out of hand. For example, I always like to make sure that all physician orders are clear before I begin a shift and report anything that seems to be out of order or any changes in patient status as they occur. Attention to detail, such as these examples, helps my team be sure that a patient is stable enough to go into surgery. Also, this keeps things from piling up and leaving me to feel overwhelmed later on."

      Darby's Answer

      "Being a surgical first assistant does require the ability to multitask while handling situations that may create stress. I feel it is important to know our own personal strengths and weaknesses. For instance, I am very detail oriented and always write very detailed notes regarding everything I do for a patient. I like to make sure that I know what the patient goals are with regard to the procedure he is scheduled to have and make sure that I have a mental list of what needs to be done and in what order. It makes most situations less overwhelming."