Nurse II (First Assistant)

Post #
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Operating Room
Full-time; Variable
Roswell Park offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.
Description of Duties

The Nurse II (First Assistant) functions under the supervision of the surgeon who is being assisted. The Nurse II (First Assistant) performs first assistant responsibilities in accordance with state scope of practice requirements, assesses the patient preoperatively and develops a nursing care plan based on the assessment, and assists in the positioning, skin preparation and draping of the patient. They also provide hemostasis and wound exposure, handle tissue appropriately to reduce the potential for injury, suture tissue and apply dressings to the wound under the direction of the surgeon, and use surgical instruments skillfully in ways consistent with their design and purpose. The Nurse II (First Assistant) assists in transporting the patient postoperatively, communicates information to the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU), communicates information to the family as appropriate, and evaluates the patient postoperatively according to the nursing care plan and participates in discharge planning as proscribed.


Applicants must have a License to practice as a Registered Nurse in the State of New York; and Certification as a Certified Nurse Operating Room (CNOR); and Certification in Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) and Advanced Life Support (ALS). They must also have Graduation from an accredited school of nursing and the equivalent of two years of full-time perioperative experience; and Successful completion of an RNFA program that meets the “AORN standards for RN first assistant education programs” which is the equivalent to one academic year of formal post-basic nursing study. The preferred candidate will have one year of experience as a RNFA.  

 Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at

Applicant Instructions

Applicants must reference the Posting # when applying for this position.

Interested applicants may apply by uploading a cover letter and resume below in Microsoft Word or PDF format.