RNFA programs

  1. 0 Hi!

    I am an NP wanting to do a RNFA program. I have looked at the NIFA program and it looks good. The UCLA course seems OK but less detailed than the NIFA course. Anybody have experience with RNFA programs who could give some advice?

    Thanks!

    Ana
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    From 'oregon'; Joined Mar '06; Posts: 24; Likes: 3.

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  3. Visit  suzanne4 profile page
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    Do you have OR training? To do the C-RNFA program, that is sponsored by AORN, requires that you have at least two years of OR experience, as well as hold the CNOR title.

    The issue is not the program itself, you will be getting most of your experience at the OR table under a preceptor, but what are you planning to do with the training?
  4. Visit  anapurnas profile page
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    Hi!

    Thanks for your help! Actually, for APNs who are certified, the 2 years of OR experience are waived as is the CNOR certification requirement. So, as an APN with a Masters, you can take a RNFA course without that experience (see CNOR website). This is likely due to the high use of APN/PAs in the OR by the specialist surgeons they work with (such as my case). I am wanting to take the course for my own education, not as a requirement.Of course, the course requirements for graduation don't change for APNs, just the requirements for being able to take the course.

    Do you have any opinions about the quality of various programs?

    Thank again!
  5. Visit  anapurnas profile page
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    To clarify more:

    I do not need to be a certifiedRNFA. I am just curious about the courses, not getting nationally certified.

    thanks!
  6. Visit  RockieSis profile page
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    Check out SW Florida College in Tampa area. Much more economical, and approved by AORN. My friend went many years ago and has done very well with her career. I am considering it myself. Other than a packet of information I do not know anything else about the program.
    Good Luck. From what I understand it is a commitment!
    RockieSis
  7. Visit  JR816 profile page
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    All right guys, need more clarification. What is a RNFA and what is a AORN? I'm a first year student. (still learning the ropes)
  8. Visit  suzanne4 profile page
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    RNFA is a Registered Nurse First Assistant in the OR.
    AORN is the Association of Operaring Room Nurses
    CNOR is the Certificatio exam that you can sit for once you have two years of OR experience.
  9. Visit  suzanne4 profile page
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    Quote from anapurnas
    Hi!

    Thanks for your help! Actually, for APNs who are certified, the 2 years of OR experience are waived as is the CNOR certification requirement. So, as an APN with a Masters, you can take a RNFA course without that experience (see CNOR website). This is likely due to the high use of APN/PAs in the OR by the specialist surgeons they work with (such as my case). I am wanting to take the course for my own education, not as a requirement.Of course, the course requirements for graduation don't change for APNs, just the requirements for being able to take the course.

    Do you have any opinions about the quality of various programs?

    Thank again!
    If you are not going for the Certification, do you have any OR experience at all? Most of the Certification classroom programs are only a week or so in length, because you get all of your time in while you are precepting, and most already have OR experience and quite a bit of it. Same thing when I got my RNFA. The issue is that you need a training program that will cover all aspects of the OR from the beginning of the process.

    Look for a program that is going to have an excellent didactic program, as well as excellent clinical facilites for you to do your initial preceptorship at. And make sure that you have preceptor that likes to teach. Other than than, I can't recommend a specific program or programs for you. The ones that I am familar with are for nurses that already have their CNOR, etc.
  10. Visit  jer_sd profile page
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    I finished the NIFA course in 2001, I recomend it. I have also completed two NP programs and the didactic material in the RNFA course was challanging but enjoyable but very different from NP courses. THe RNFA focused on procedures and supporting the MD rather than making your own choices.

    I worked in radiology special procedures and was able to take the CNOR which I did near the end of the program. I passed without a problem due to the course material in the RNFA course. It coveres a lot of the info you will need to have an introduction to the OR.

    Jeremy
  11. Visit  sirI profile page
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    here is an article from medscape regarding apns as rnfa that you might find interesting:

    http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/499689

  12. Visit  charcole profile page
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    I am a APN working with a surgeon for about four years now. My prior background was as an OR nurse where I had on the job training as a surgical assistant and practiced in that role for 7 years. Anyway, now one of the hospital states I need to produce a certification as a RNFA or CSA or they will suspend my surgical priviliges. I was wondering if anyone has ever had this happen and how can it be resolved within 30 days.
    charcole
  13. Visit  bruinbear profile page
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    Hello! Would anyone happen to be a past resident of the UCLA Operating Room (OR) New Graduate program? I was recently accepted and would love to talk to someone who has been through the program! Thanks so much!!!


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