First Assist without an RNFA program

  1. Hello everyone, I've looked and looked and haven't found an answer to my question. I am wondering if it is possible to be a first assist without going through a first assistant program. I know that sounds like a stupid question but after talking to a first assist following a C-section, she informed me that she had no additional training after BSN. She had been hired by the OB at the womens clinic that performed the surgery. I could be remembering her answer wrong but I would have bet that's what she said. I would love to go through a CRNFA program but there are non in my area. Thanks for any info!
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  3. by   Dodongo
    Quote from ballzyard
    Hello everyone, I've looked and looked and haven't found an answer to my question. I am wondering if it is possible to be a first assist without going through a first assistant program. I know that sounds like a stupid question but after talking to a first assist following a C-section, she informed me that she had no additional training after BSN. She had been hired by the OB at the womens clinic that performed the surgery. I could be remembering her answer wrong but I would have bet that's what she said. I would love to go through a CRNFA program but there are non in my area. Thanks for any info!
    Your chances of getting a job as a first assist without any training is beyond slim to none. Even as an RNFA it is going to be more difficult if you are not an NP.

    There aren't any programs in my area either so I attended one a few hours away. My program was distance so I only had to go to campus for a week and the rest was on my own at home - including clinical rotation. I think most programs are set up this way.

    Do an RNFA program.
  4. by   ballzyard
    I definitely plan to do one but an additional source of my confusion is within the admission requirements of some CRNFA programs. For example, Rochester School of Nursing RNFA programs lists as an admission requirement a letter of recommendation supporting the applicants proficiency in first assisting. It sounds like one can have RNFA experience before enrollment in one of these programs. RN First Assistant Course | University of Rochester School of Nursing

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