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Ellen Bencken
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Ellen Bencken, RN,BSN,CNOR 

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IDAHO ADMINISTRATIVE CODE IDAPA 16: DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND WELFARE TITLE 03: DIVISION OF WELFARE CHAPTER 14: RULES AND MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR HOSPITALS IN IDAHO 11-93-35 07. Surgical Staff. The surgical staff of a hospital shall consist of the following personnel: Effective Date: (10-14-88) a. A registered nurse with experience in operating room techniques who acts as supervisor; and b. Sufficient numbers of personnel to assure there is a registered nurse serving as circulating nurse for each separate operating room where surgery is being performed;



» Registered Nurse First Assistants (RNFAs)

Reimbursement: None

Definition: None

Scope: Idaho State Board of Nursing, IDAPA 23.01.01, Rules of the Idaho Board of Nursing, 402 – Licensed Professional Nurse Functioning in Specialty Areas. b. Surgical First Assistants. A surgical first assistant is a licensed professional nurse who, under direct supervision, assists the operating surgeon. i. Nurses acting as surgical first assistants may not concurrently serve as scrub or instrument nurses. ii. A licensed professional nurse first surgical assistant in cardiovascular surgery may harvest saphenous veins after completing additional educational instruction acceptable to the board and supervised practice under direct supervision of the operating physician.

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