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Definition: Vermont State Board of Nursing, Advisory Opinions, October 1998, Registered Nurse First Assistant. The RN First Assistant at surgery collaborates with the surgeon in performing a safe operation with optimal outcomes for the patient. The RN first assistant practices perioperative nursing and must have acquired the necessary specific knowledge, skills, and judgment.

Scope: Vermont State Board of Nursing, Advisory Opinions, October 1998, Registered Nurse First Assistant. A Registered Nurse First Assistant serves as a part of perioperative nursing practice. First assisting is an intra-operative skill as well as a delegated medical function. The first assistant must be able to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate patient care, as well as, perform specific intraoperative skills. It is the opinion of the Vermont State Board of Nursing that the role of the First Assistant is within the scope of practice of the RN provided: 1. the RN has received appropriate education which emanates from a recognized body of knowledge 2. the RN meets the criteria established by the Association of Operating Room Nurses (AORN) and is certified as an RN First Assistant. 3. the RN has demonstrated adequate knowledge and skill in performing the role 4. the RN has demonstrated continuing competency in performing the role 5. the agency/facility has established policies and procedure regarding the role of first assistant 6. guidelines for emergency situations are well established …

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