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About the Registered Nurse (RN) First Assistant Program

The Registered Nurse (RN) First Assistant Course is developed for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) who function as a surgical first assistant (i.e. assistants to the Surgeon in the operating room/OR). The course is designed to provide students with foundational knowledge of the peri-operative process and is based on the guidelines set forth by the Association of Peri-operative Registered Nurses.

This program consists of two 3-credit graduate level courses. The courses will focus on both the theoretical principles as well as the application in both the simulation and clinical setting. A focus on the role of the registered nurse first time assist will provide the basis for maximizing patient outcomes.

What are the course details?

The first Registered Nurse (RN) First Assistant Course is offered as a blended course which includes 3 live classes and weekly online modules. The second course is focused on the application to the clinical setting. 

What are the course topics?

Registered nurses taking the training course will cover the following topics:

  • Advanced technology
  • Anesthesia care/pain management
  • AORN standards, practices, and guidelines
  • Biohazard and infectious waste
  • Care of patient: surgical procedures
  • Emergency scenarios
  • Environmental safety
  • Exposure techniques
  • Hemodynamic monitoring
  • Holistic care
  • Interprofessional communication
  • Nutrition
  • Patient positioning and draping
  • Principles of asepsis
  • Radiation safety
  • Role of RNFA/professional issues
  • Surgical complications
  • Surgical dressings
  • Suture selection
  • Wound classifications

What are the course practicum requirements?

Before beginning the practicum, the following documentation is required: 

  • Updated Immunization Record
  • Recent Flu Shot
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Proof of current BCLS certification
  • Current RN license
  • Must be a Nurse Practitioner

Registration for this course opens in June, 2019. Please fill out the form above if you have any questions or would like to stay receive notification when courses open up!