THE RNFA PROGRAM
St. Elizabeth Healthcare’s Perioperative Institute, in affiliation with Northern Kentucky University, offers The Registered Nurse First Assistant (RNFA) Program based on the Association of PeriOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) Core Curriculum. This program provides RNs and APRNs with the preparation necessary to assume the role of the first assistant in operative and invasive procedures.
The program is a combination of didactic online course and a three-day in-person session. The online portion emphasizes surgical anatomy and procedures. The in-person session combine classroom instruction on laboratory experience specific to the role of the RNFA – tissue handling, providing exposure, suturing techniques and instrument handling.
The clinical internship requires 130 hours of direct intraoperative care under the supervision of a surgeon mentor. The internships are arranged by the participant. Six college credits received from NKU and a certificate of completion from St. Elizabeth will be awarded when all requirements are met
The program will be held at:
St. Elizabeth Edgewood
1 Medical Village Drive
The campus is nine miles from the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport and has several nearby hotels for overnight accommodations.