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RNFA - Any particular specialty?

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by RxCowbell RxCowbell (New Member) New Member

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Anyone know if there are certain specialities that utilize RNFA more than others? Ortho? Cardiovascular? Bueller?

Thanks!

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Rose_Queen is a BSN, MSN, RN and works as a Staff nurse educator.

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You are going to find this varies greatly from facility to facility. Up until a few years ago, we did not have any first assistants. If a surgeon wanted one, they either had the lone PA/NP in the group join them in the OR or a second surgeon. Then we brought on a few first assists. Then the surgeon groups pretty much hired a PA/NP for each surgeon, so we are phasing the first assists out.

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Thank you! I appreciate the wisdom.

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UndecidedRNBSN has 1 years experience as a BSN and works as a Urology First Assist.

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At the hospital I work at in MN, all surgeons have a first assist. General surgery shares a PA who occasionally assists, but definitely not on a daily basis. 

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