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First Assisting (RNFA)

The Registered Nurse First Assistant (RNFA) is a perioperative registered nurse who functions in an expanded role or an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN). functioning as a first assistant. The RNFA role is recognized within the scope of nursing practice by the nurse practice acts in all 50 states.

AORN Position Statements Related to First Assisting

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Guidelines for Perioperative Practice


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