A Registered Nurse First Assistant (RNFA) is a nursing professional who renders direct patient care as part of the preoperative role by functioning as first assistant to the surgeon, and who assesses, plans, implements, coordinates, monitors and evaluates patient care activities.
Practices an expanded role of preoperative nursing and has acquired knowledge and skills and judgment necessary to assist the surgeon through organized instruction and supervised practice. Interprets diagnostic studies, promotes positive health behaviors and skills through education and counseling.
Graduate of an accredited school of nursing
Completion of an approved/accredited RNFA course, including the completion of the required internship hours
Two-five years experience in the operating room. Proficient in preoperative nursing practice as both scrub and circulating nurse with diversified operating room experience
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