Job Description

Employment Status:
Full time
Job Function:
Clinical Professional
127001 Physician Assistants-Mgmt
Shift Hours / Days:
Monday- Friday, Days
Hours / Pay Period:

We Fight Cancer: Care That Never Quits®

Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA®) delivers an extraordinary patient experience we call Patient Empowered Care®. We deliver state-of-the-art, high quality care through an integrative model where a team of experts puts patients at the center of their own care. Every day, you will help patients win the fight against cancer. Every day is challenging and rewarding beyond your imagination.

A Culture of Teamwork, Empowerment & Development

CTCA provides Stakeholders with exceptional support and easy access to a wide range of tools and resources they need to bring the best of themselves, every day. Our benefits, wellness, and compensation programs lead the market. We provide extensive training and career development opportunities that encourage professional and personal growth—it is a point of pride. We empower our Stakeholders to deliver the highest standard of care, which we call the Mother Standard®.

Job Summary/Purpose:

Surgical Advanced Practice Nurses (APN) are registered nurses who have acquired the formal education, extended knowledge base and clinical skills to practice in an advanced role as a credentialed member of the medical staff and direct health care provider. Nurse Practitioners are authorized to practice by the State Board of Nursing in the state of practice via their advanced practice education, licensure, board certification in a specialty area and other additional skills for which they have been prepared through post-graduate education and training. In addition, Certified Registered Nurse First Assistants (CRNFA) who have acquired the necessary education, knowledge, judgment, certification, and skills, to practice as a RNFA, may assist the surgeon during surgical procedures. The CRNFA is not authorized to independently perform a surgical procedure which is the primary purpose of the surgery, or to perform organ transplants.  Along with consultation with the attending surgeon, the APN provides professional surgical services, within the scope of services as determined by the Arizona State Board of Nursing, the Western Regional Medical Center (WRMC) medical staff rules and regulations and the WRMC administrative direction. The APN serves as a leader and role model for professional development of peers and others. The APN will work collaboratively with other health care professionals.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Performs APN/First Assist duties in the OR and/or clinic with complete knowledge of the disease process and whole patient care scenario, including, but not limited to: positioning, preparation and draping of the patient; tissue manipulation; utilization of tying and suturing materials; drain/tube insertion; deep and superficial wound closure; application of internal devices and any other autonomous duties or procedures delegated by the attending surgeon.
  • Performs non-anesthesia minor surgical procedures without in-room supervision.
  • Meets the specific needs of the attending surgeon and maintains the technical skills necessary to handle a broad range of procedures including, but not limited to: colorectal (including robotic cases), breast, plastic (including microvascular cases), orthopedic, gynecologic (including robotic cases), head & neck, thoracic (including robotic cases) and urologic (including robotic cases) services.
  • Consults, collaborates and communicates well with the surgeon and other consulting medical providers, and healthcare professionals such as hospitalists, intensivists, pain management, cardiologists, respiratory therapists, physical/occupational therapists, nurses, etc. in order to meet the needs of the patients.
  • Evaluates diagnoses and treats illnesses and injuries in the clinic, pre-op area, inpatient wards and internal medicine clinic.
  • Evaluates care and orders and interprets appropriate labs, special studies (i.e. radiographic studies), IVs, diet, and therapeutic interventions as required
  • Educates and counsels patients.
  • Performs comprehensive and problem-focused histories and physical examinations, including in the clinic, pre-op area, inpatient wards and internal medicine clinic.
  • Prescribes schedule II, III, IV or V controlled substances as defined in the federal controlled substances act of 1970 (P.L. 91-513; 84 Stat. 1242; 21 United States Code section 802) and prescription only medications.
  • Writes orders as indicated for pre-operative, intraoperative, post-operative and clinical follow up care and completes documentation in a timely fashion.
  • Ability to navigate the clinical information systems as needed to perform job duties. Knowledge and proficient with how to document patient orders, history and physicals, and review applicable imaging and surgical information systems.
  • Strictly adheres to the Universal Protocol, while performing the role of Surgical First Assistant in the operating suite under the direction of the attending surgeon and/or while performing other medical procedures.
  • Translate research and other forms of knowledge to improve practice processes and outcomes.
  • Develop new practice approaches based on the integration of research, theory, and practice knowledge.
  • Assume complex and advanced leadership roles to initiate and guide change.
  • Advance practice through the development and implementation of innovations incorporating principles of change.
  • Communicate practice knowledge effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Apply skills in peer review to promote a culture of excellence.
  • Anticipates variations in practice and is proactive in implementing interventions to ensure quality.
  • Analyze clinical guidelines for individualized application into practice.
  • Disseminate evidence from inquiry to diverse audiences using multiple modalities.
  • Translate technical and scientific health information.
  • Analyze organizational structure, functions and resources to improve the delivery of care.
  • Collaborate in planning for transitions across the continuum of care
  • Provide the full spectrum of health care services to include health promotion, disease prevention, health protection, anticipatory guidance, counseling, disease management, palliative, and end-of-life care.
  • Educate stakeholders and family to provide culturally and spiritually sensitive, appropriate care.
  • Collaborate with both stakeholders and family to achieve optimal care outcomes

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Registered Nurse, Advanced Practice Nursing Degree is required
  • Registered Nurse Practitioner License in the State of AZ is required
  • Three years’ experience (minimum) Surgical subspecialty or commensurate training/experience is required
  • ACLS/BLS is required
  • Registered Nurse First Assist is required
  • Strong background in surgical experience including suturing and laparoscopy required
  • Thorough knowledge of anatomy and physiology is required
  • DaVinci Robotic Experience and Oncology Experience are preferred

The Best Place to Work

We call ourselves Stakeholders because we all have a stake in the care and success of every patient. Today, CTCA Stakeholders deliver healing and hope to patients fighting complex and advanced cancer in Atlanta, GA, Chicago, IL, Philadelphia, PA, Phoenix, AZ and Tulsa, OK.  Each of our hospitals earned a Best Place to Work distinction and receives numerous accreditations that celebrate our culture of clinical quality, innovation, high performance and wellness.

Beyond The Resume, What We Look For

We select people with talent—people who thrive in an environment of continuous improvement. We are creative and resourceful problem solvers. We are inventors and innovators. As a CTCA Stakeholder, you make the difference in the life of a patient.

Do you see yourself working with a passionate team in a dynamic, high growth environment?  Visit  to begin your journey.