justine_ferren_cnor_crnfa RN

Surgical First Assist - CVOR and L1 Trauma

Experienced Surgical First Assistant with focus in High-Risk Cardiovascular Surgery. Also takes call for L1 Trauma Surgery .


About justine_ferren_cnor_crnfa

justine_ferren_cnor_crnfa has 10 years experience as a RN and specializes in Surgical First Assist - CVOR and L1 Trauma.

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  1. justine_ferren_cnor_crnfa

    RNFAs, what experience did you have prior to becoming a RNFA?

    @crownsk - I completely appreciate the position you're in. I started as a staff nurse in the Operating Room, but strictly in the circulating role. I had experience prior as a CST. I think a lot of my luck in obtaining a scrub nurse role on our cardia...
  2. In the 15 years since obtaining my BSN, I started as a CVICU Nurse and then transitioned into the Operating Room. Woven in between, I obtained my MSN (AGACNP-BC), CNOR / CRNFA Certifications, and then my DNP. Throughout my clinical and educational jo...
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    Parkland Nurse Residency February 2023

    @lmib2 - Congrats! I can't wait to meet you. Please let me know if you have any questions on the interview process for the OR path at Parkland. I completed the residency and received a full-time offer after to scrub in the trauma O.R.
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    The Patient-Provider Barrier in High-Risk Surgery

    Setting the Stage - The Riskiest Cases As a perioperative nurse who serves in a First Assist role on our high-risk cardiovascular surgery team at a top-tier institution, we often get patients who have been refused surgical intervention at other f...
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    CVOR vs general OR

    @Rose_Queen You definitely seem like you thrive in L1 Trauma more and probably got to scrub-in, especially during PEA operative resuscitation attempts!
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    CVOR vs general OR

    Hi Rose - Did you scrub and circulate during your time in CVOR? Which did you prefer? Marathon cases?
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    Parkland Nurse Residency February 2023

    @lmib2 - I believe it's for the Feb-2023 cohort - I am one of the Scrub FA preceptors - really look forward to meeting you. Feel free to msg me.
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    Parkland Nurse Residency February 2023

    @lmib2 I heard the Operating Room Residency track acceptances went out and have been received.
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    Any Parkland OR residency nurses out there!

    @elizabeth11 - I completed the Parkland OR Residency and it was phenomenal. It offers a really good variety of cases and opportunities to both scrub and circulate. Having experience scrubbing L1 Traumas at Parkland is amazing experience that will tes...
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    Career path in the OR- Am I doing this right?

    @Hannah96 - I have been a perioperative nurse my whole career and am now a DNP CRNFA and Lead First Assist for our high-risk cardiac teams. I went from BSN to MSN (ACNP) to DNP. Feel free to message me!
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    CVOR vs general OR

    @Jeffster I have been in the CVOR as a DNP RN First Assistant for the past 3 years. I scrub-in with our dedicated high-risk CV team that does our most challenging cases (re-do's, open aortic surgery, any cases requiring DHCA, or where STS risk profil...
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    CVOR First Assist Needing Surgery

    Thank you, Rose. You are exactly right. I've first assisted on CABGs for 3 of our O.R. nurses and while we tried to show that emotional barrier to preserve objectivity, there is no question that it was not just another case for the team. Unfortunatel...
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    CVOR First Assist Needing Surgery

    Have any of the O.R. nurses out there been operated on by their colleagues (or perhaps the very team they work with)? As a Marfan's patient, I am scheduled for a complex Bentall redo for an aortic arch aneurysm - high-risk and will require a long per...
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    Late career switch to OR nurse?

    @RNandMBA- I loved reading your post. The Operating Room is definitely 'a calling' and we need more nurses in our rooms who have a passion for this very specialized type of nursing! As a relatively new First Assist (who started in the OR after gettin...
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    Operating on a co-worker?

    Wow - it did not go well. 15+ hours and could not wean her off cpb.