Are any of you a Registered Nurse First Assistant

  1. Are any of you a Registered Nurse First Assistant

    -if so can you provide some information
    -where did you do your schooling
    -are you practicing RNFA or RN role only
    -is money better than RN
    -what are your hours like
    -any info. would be appreciated
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  3. by   karenG
    exactly what is a registered nurse first assistant? sorry but not heard that term before!

  4. by   Sarah, RNBScN
    They are RN's who assume different responsibilities than those of a scrub nurse. S/he provides support to the surgeon at the operating site by assisting (ie: prep pt, position, suturing, clamping, etc)...under the direction of the surgeon.

    Must have 5 yrs. exp. in OR prior to apply for the certificate course. It is less than a year re: theory but many hours (OR) for clinical hours.

    Only been in Canada since 1993-4. Not many that I know of who are practicing. British Columbia Institue of Technology has the course (BCIT).