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By Tammy Richards

What is an RNFA?

RNFA stands for Registered Nurse First Assistant

An RNFA is an experienced perioperative (operating room) nurse who has acquired additional education, knowledge and judgement, along with advanced technical skills to function effectively as an assistant to the surgeon throughout a patient's perioperative (surgical) experience.

The RNFA functions collaboratively with the surgeon and operating room team to perform a safe operation with optimal patient outcomes.

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Reference: AORN (2002). AORN Position Statement: Revised AORN Official Statement on RN First
Assitants. Standards, Recommended Practices & Guidelines. Denver: AORN, 143-144.

Jane Radey RN RNFA CPN(C)

Chair, ORNAO RNFA Interest Group

jradey@vianet.ca