RN First Assistant
NURSING X 458.1
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This program provides students a thorough grounding in principles and learn the intricate skills necessary to assume responsibilities in scrubbing, draping, retracting, exposing, clamping, ligating, and suturing.
What you can learn.
- Registered Nurses (RNs) and Nurse Practitioners (APRNs) can further their surgical and operating room careers as RN First Assistants (RNFA)
- Acquire strong foundation in principles and intricate skills necessary in scrubbing, draping, retracting, exposing, clamping, ligating, and suturing
- Understand the RNFA role, implementation of standardized procedures, hemostasis, wound healing, and closure
- Understand principles of surgical emergencies, general surgery, urologic surgery, gynecologic surgery, anesthesia, and pharmacology
- Attend 52 hours of lecture and laboratory plus a required independent preceptorship (120 hours)
- Understand and prepare for the requirements for licensing exams
About this course:
The RN First Assistant (RNFA) Program consists of 52 hours of lecture and laboratory plus a required independent preceptorship. Practicing surgeons, clinical professionals, and perioperative nurse specialists provide participants with the knowledge and techniques essential for assuming the responsibilities of the RNFA. The RNFA's role is diverse, involving closed relationships with both surgeon and patient. Students receive a thorough grounding in principles and learn the intricate skills necessary to assume responsibilities in scrubbing, draping, retracting, exposing, clamping, ligating, and suturing. Topics include introduction to the RNFA role, implementation of standardized procedures, hemostasis, wound healing and closure, surgical emergencies, general surgery, urologic surgery, gynecologic surgery, anesthesia, and pharmacology. Required preceptorship: Preceptorships are arranged by the participants and vary in length dependent upon individual learning needs; requirements are reviewed during the first class. Students must successfully complete the preceptorship before receiving the certificate of completion. For more information go to the RN First Assistant Program Website.
Prerequisites for acceptance into the program:
- Bachelor's degree
- RN license
- Two years of operating room experience in scrubbing and circulating
Board Certified/or eligible APRNs are also accepted into the program. Perioperative OR nursing experience is preferred.
For APRNs who do not hold two years’ of operating room experience, please sign up for our one-day program, Basic Concepts and Skills of Perioperative Nursing for the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), designed to clinically prepare you to function in the surgical arena. APRNs must also obtain national certification prior to the certificate of completion.
Preceptorships are arranged by the students for completion of the required 120 hours. The requirements for the preceptorship will be reviewed during the first class session. Successful completion of the preceptorship is required prior to the certificate of completion being awarded.
- Malpractice insurance must be obtained before beginning preceptorship
- Basic life support provider certificate must be obtained before certificate of completion is awarded
- CNOR must be obtained before certificate of completion is awarded.
1. Click the "Apply Now" button. You will be prompted to create a Student Account and Profile in order to complete the application.
2. Complete the application and pay the $100 application fee.
As part of the application, you will be asked to attach the following documents in PDF format:
- RN license
- Evidence of a baccalaureates degree in a related field
- Curriculum vitae/resumé noting two years of operating room experience in scrubbing and circulating
- Two letters of reference on official hospital letterhead from supervisors or surgeons knowledgeable about your competencies
Once you have been accepted into the program, you will receive an email with instructions for paying the course fee, along with a packet of information on textbooks, supplies and equipment, and a hotel list of accommodations near the classroom. Please verify acceptance prior to making travel arrangements and purchasing required texts.
Application is Required
Students must apply and be accepted before enrolling in the program.
Spring 2020 applications due by April 10