NSG 488 - Registered Nurse First Assistant Theory and Practice
3 credits ( 3 didactic hours )
- Students must meet all pre-admission requirements for RNFA education as outlined by AORN (available upon request)
- Must be concurrently registered with NSG 489
- This course is the first in a three-course specialty sequence for Registered Nurse First Assistant (RNFA) students. This course is designed to provide the student with a comprehensive understanding of the perioperative process, building upon knowledge of anatomical structures and physiology, indications for surgical intervention, assisting considerations, and evaluation of postoperative patient outcomes. Students will synthesize the three dimensions of Socialization Theory, professional socialization, organizational socialization, and role socialization, as it pertains to the role of the RNFA. Emphasis will be placed on knowledge specific to the role of the RNFA in the management of patients across the preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative phases. This course will also provide an in-depth analysis of the legal, regulatory, and professional issues associated with the role of the RNFA. This course may be taken as an elective in the RN to BS and the master's programs. It is also open to non-matriculated students. Minimum of 50 clinical hours will be obtained.