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how do I become a surgical NP?

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by eab333 eab333 (New) New

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I am currently an operating room nurse (circulate and scrub). 

I am contemplating travel nursing as an OR nurse and also down the road surgical NP (see patients and assist in surgeries)
What is the pathway for this?

I was recently accepted to a masters FNP program. Would this suffice?

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NRSKarenRN has 40 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Vents, Telemetry, Home Care, Home infusion.

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Family Nurse Practitioner /FNP is an outpatient role.  Acute Care NP would be more suitable for inpatient role. 

I'm familiar with Delaware County Community Colleges RN First Assistant in Surgery Program --been around over 35 years has good info re education requirements + courses: https://www.dccc.edu/academics/academic-divisions/allied-health-emergency-services-nu   Their 6 credit certificate program is hybrid online with 5 days on campus; Graduates eligible for RNFA Certification Exam.  

AORN has list of approved RNFA programs and resources along with position statement on NP RNFA  delineates the definition and educational requirements for the APRN who functions in the perioperative environment, including the preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative patient care areas. .https://www.aorn.org/guidelines/clinical-resources/rn-first-assistant-resources

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mcjobson has 7 years experience as a ADN, BSN, LPN, RN and specializes in Cardiovascular.

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Hi, I'm in the adult/gero acute care program at the University of Michigan. I would definitely do an acute care program and not FNP or primary care. 

You can get your RNFA, but it is not necessary. I know NPs at the University of Michigan hospital who have their own OR time and perform procedures without a physician. None of them have their RNFA certification. However, getting your RNFA will definitely give you skills that go beyond what you will learn in the acute care program and better set you up for getting a job that you want post-graduation.

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