Surgical center nursing assistant - Salary and Career
Nursing technicians and assistants

Surgical center nursing assistant - Career description, activities, functions and salary

They perform technical nursing activities in public and private companies such as: hospitals, clinics and other medical care establishments, boats and homes, they work in surgery, therapy, childcare, pediatrics, psychiatry, obstetrics, occupational health and other areas. They provide patient care, ensuring their comfort and well-being, administering medications and performing surgical instrumentation tasks, properly positioning the patient and the instruments. They organize the work environment and give continuity to the shifts. They work in accordance with good practices, standards and biosafety procedures. They carry out records and prepare technical reports. They perform activities and carry out actions to promote family health.

How much does an Surgical center nursing assistant earn

A Surgical center nursing assistant earns between $1.267 and $3.779 per month, with an average monthly salary of $1.893 and a median salary of $1.672 according to an Averwage.com salary survey along with to data of professionals hired and fired by companies in the labor market.

Our research is based on the salaries of 56.368 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).


Salary ranges for the Surgical center nursing assistant

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 1.893 22.711 473 10
1º Quartile 1.267 15.201 317 7
Median Salary 1.672 20.060 418 9
3º Quartile 2.882 34.585 721 15
Higher Salary 3.779 45.349 945 20


Professional job categories

  • Middle level technicians
    • middle-level technicians in the biological, biochemical, health sciences
      • technicians of the science of human health
        • nursing technicians and assistants

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Main workplaces

Nursing technicians and assistants they work in hospitals, clinics, social services, or even at home. They are salaried employees, with a formal contract, or work on their own, providing temporary services in clinics or residences. They are organized as a team, working under the permanent supervision of a nurse or another member of the higher-level health team. They work in closed environments and with shifts, or confined in a vessel, in the case of the health assistant (maritime navigation). Exception made to professionals working in family health, who, according to a specific ordinance, work eight hours a day. It is common for them to work under pressure, leading to a stressful situation. In some activities, they may be exposed to biological contamination, toxic material and radiation.


What does it take to work in the field of Nursing technicians and assistants

Admission to technical occupations requires certification of skills or a technical course in nursing (middle level). For nursing assistants, basic education and professional qualification courses are required with a minimum of four hundred class hours, which can reach fifteen hundred. The possibility of continuing the qualification will depend on the completion of high school. Currently, there are technical courses in nursing, organized modularly, with intermediate outputs for the qualification of nursing assistants. The entry requirement for these courses is complete high school, with the philosophy of continuing education, which makes it possible for the assistant to reach the technical level, by completing new modules of professional training.


Functions and activities of Surgical center nursing assistant

Nursing technicians and assistants must:

  • communicate;
  • organize work environment;
  • give continuity to shifts;
  • promote mental health;
  • providing patient care;
  • administer prescription medication;
  • assist technical team in specific procedures;
  • work with biosafety and security;
  • provide patient care;
  • assist the technical team in specific procedures;
  • care for the patient;
  • working with biosafety and security;
  • demonstrate personal skills;
  • promoting family health;
  • working with biosafety and safety;
  • work with biosafety and safety;
  • care patient;
  • promote family health;
  • administer prescribed medication;
  • perform admission procedures;
  • perform surgical instrumentation;
  • provide patient assistance;

  • Activities

    • change position in bed;
    • use personal protective equipment (ppe);
    • request the presence of other professionals in the surgical center;
    • promote comprehensive care;
    • define actions according to local priorities;
    • record events and procedures performed;
    • forward material for exams;
    • vaccinating yourself;
    • check the sufficiency of equipment, surgical material and compresses;
    • demonstrate ability to listen;
    • replace material in the operating room;
    • check quantity of psychotropic drugs;
    • check amount of psychotropic drugs;
    • list patient's belongings;
    • introduce nasogastric and vesical catheter;
    • sanitize patient;
    • perform tests and exams;
    • coordinating the care of users;
    • demarcate behavioral boundaries;
    • help the patient to eat;
    • label medical prescription (bed, name and patient record);
    • proceed to inhalation therapy;
    • write down surgery expenses;
    • demonstrate fine motor skills;
    • changing dressings;
    • calculate medication dosage;
    • check sterilization result and validity;
    • inspect each patient;
    • prepare a patient report;
    • check route of administration;
    • activate security team;
    • ready the patient for examination and surgery;
    • arrange clothes;
    • check the number of surgical compresses;
    • follow protocol in case of contamination or accident;
    • report adverse drug effects to the physician;
    • watch for temperature and patient reactions in transfusions;
    • notify diseases, injuries and situations of local importance;
    • beware of adverse effects of products;
    • exchange technical information;
    • participate in the management of supplies;
    • install induced power;
    • make beds;
    • identify partners and resources available in the community;
    • position electric scalpel plate;
    • identify users' needs;
    • limit patient circulation space;
    • using personal protective equipment (ppe);
    • participate in team evaluations;
    • participate in public health campaigns;
    • provide consumables;
    • participate in continuing education activities;
    • inspect validity of materials and medicines;
    • check patient and belongings (drugs, alcohol, etc.);
    • recommend abstaining from decisions during mental breakdown;
    • define territory of action;
    • demonstrate understanding;
    • call doctor in case of complications;
    • pass instruments to the surgical team;
    • care for the body after death;
    • participate in case discussion;
    • check received medications;
    • administer chemotherapy products;
    • caring for the body after death;
    • disinfect devices and materials;
    • assist in patient resuscitation;
    • aspirate orotracheal and tracheostomy cannula;
    • demonstrate ability to provide humanized care;
    • implement prescribed therapeutic activities;
    • stimulate the patient to express feelings;
    • mark type of contamination of hamper and garbage;
    • demonstrate persuasiveness;
    • serving users in ubs, homes or community spaces;
    • apply enema (intestinal wash);
    • prevent suicide attempts and risk situations;
    • introduce yourself by placing the patient in the environment;
    • check quantity and functionality of material and equipment;
    • tag patient belongings;
    • collect material for exams;
    • contain patient in bed;
    • count the number of compresses, material and instruments before and after surgery;
    • contain sharps for disposal;
    • stimulate patient to express feelings;
    • stimulate patient expression;
    • apply ice pack and wet and dry heat;
    • install blood products;
    • wash hands before and after each procedure;
    • monitor serum and medication administration time;
    • assist the team in invasive procedures;
    • stimulate patient (active and passive movements);
    • make personal belongings available to patient (identity preservation);
    • carry out disease prevention and curative actions;
    • vaccinate yourself;
    • organizing health promotion groups;
    • provide linen;
    • interpret skin tests;
    • organize medications and materials for patient use and nursing station;
    • perform an active search for local situations;
    • measure patient (weight, height);
    • providing concurrent and terminal cleaning;
    • identify medication to be administered (bed, name and patient record);
    • educate family about mental illness;
    • accompany patient in medication intake;
    • forward material to the operating room;
    • monitor patient progress;
    • place side rails on the bed;
    • check quantity of implant parts;
    • arrange clothes;
    • punch venous access;
    • demonstrate empathy;
    • identify groups, families and individuals exposed to risks;
    • preventing against adverse effects of the products;
    • seal the operating room;
    • protect bony prominences;
    • register intake;
    • record medication administration;
    • control periodic examinations of employees;
    • wearing;
    • demonstrate understanding;
    • recommend disembarkation of sick and injured person;
    • to be responsible for all care provided to the enrolled population;
    • supply the team's demands;
    • give lectures;
    • perform trichotomy;
    • paramentar-se;
    • remove patient;
    • registering activities in information systems;
    • record intercurrences and procedures performed;
    • updating registration information;
    • encouraging community participation;
    • organize medications and materials for patient and nursing use;
    • administer incompatible medication separately;
    • position patient for surgery;
    • massage patient;
    • perform antisepsis;
    • control vaccine administration;
    • protect patient during crises;
    • stimulate vesico-intestinal function;
    • dismiss the sick or injured employee and crew from work;
    • participate in planning activities;
    • prepare patient for medication;
    • perform blood glucose tests;
    • record complications and procedures performed;
    • inspect facilities and workers;
    • transporting clothes and materials for purge;
    • control water balance;
    • discard contaminated material;
    • mapping area of operation;
    • resolve pending issues (drugs, dressings, exams, referrals, fasting, among others) ;
    • demonstrate attention ability;
    • inspect cardiopulmonary arrest cart (pcr);
    • advise family and patient;
    • control vital signs;
    • get vaccinated;
    • package sharps for disposal;
    • remove the patient;
    • administer incompatible medications separately;
    • conduct patient to social activities;
    • prepare prescription medication;
    • mark type of hamper and garbage contamination;
    • sterilize instruments;
    • offer bedpan and parrot;


    Sectors that hire Surgical center nursing assistant the most in the job market

    • hospital care activities
    • service activities in emergency room and hospital units for emergency care
    • long stay institutions for the elderly
    • temporary labor lease
    • outpatient medical activity with resources for performing complementary exams
    • clinical laboratories
    • outpatient medical activity restricted to consultations
    • health plans
    • other human health care activities
    • health management support activities




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