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October 21, 2010                                                                                           Vol. 3, No. 10
In This Issue
Grad in the Spotlight: Carolina Stone
Infection Prevention Week
Perioperative Nurses Week
Costs & Benefits: Nurse Turnover and Retention
NIFA's Growing
Just for Fun
NIFA's Favorite Links
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From the Editor 

Hi folks! Things are hopping at the NIFA office and, of course, in the world of surgery.

Just as we were putting the final touches on this newsletter this week, we received word about a just-released Colorado study showing that, despite efforts to eliminate wrong-site or wrong-patient surgery,Julie Lancaster it is still occurring far too often. (Occurring even once would be too often, but you know what I mean.) Read the news report here. A good reminder why checklists and taking "time out for every patient, every time," are so important.

We hope you enjoy this month's issue.
Julie Lancaster, Editor
red arrow  Graduate in the Spotlight

Carolina StoneName: Carolina Stone
Credentials: RNFA
Student Status:
Graduated from NIFA's RNFA program July 2009
City and State: Dallas, TX
Current Job: RNFA, Medical City Hospital, Dallas

Path to Becoming an RNFA:  I decided to become a nurse at the request of my father. I graduated from the University of Santo Tomas (Manila, Philippines) with a bachelor's degree in Nursing. I emigrated to the United States in the mid '80s, obtained my RN license, and have been working since. My husband and I have two children in college and one in private high school. I took the RNFA course in November 2008 in Dallas and I started my internship with Dr. Brenda Draper (plastic surgeon) and Dr. Christopher Bell (bariatric/general surgery) in March. I finished the course on July 16 and started working as an RNFA on July 17, the following day. It has been a pleasant and fulfilling experience.
red arrow News: International Infection Prevention Week, Oct. 18-22

We're right in the middle of International Infection Prevention Week, October 18-22.  AORN (Association for PeriOperative Registered Nurses) joins APIC (Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc.) in inviting member nurses to local events as well as a series of webinars on topics such as Eliminating SSIs and Advances in Wound Care. Although the week is halfway over, don't worry; the webinars will be archived for later viewing.

Click here for AORN's summary of the events.
red arrow News: Perioperative Nurses Week, November 8-14
Periperative Nurses Week
Perioperative Nurses Week 2010 takes as its theme, "The Freedom to Speak Out." AORN wants nurses worldwide to feel empowered to speak up and speak out in support of patient safety in the OR.

Click here and scroll down to see AORN's List of Top Ten Ideas to Celebrate PNW.
red arrow Costs and Benefits of Nurse Turnover and Retention

Hospitals and clinics struggle with the issue of nurse turnover, weighing the costs and benefits of retaining nurses against the costs and benefits of bringing in new, sometimes less experienced nurses at lower pay rates.

In The Costs and Benefits of Nurse Turnover: A Business Case for Nurse Retention, from the Sept. 07 issue of the Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, authors Cheryl Bland Jones, RN, PhD, FAAN, and Michael Gates, RN, PhD, tackle the issue and lay some groundwork toward determining the economic value of nursing.
red arrow NIFA's Growing!

From now through mid-November, please pardon the noise when you call us! We're building six new offices at our Centennial, CO, headquarters. Last weekend some of the Education Department came in to see their new digs:

NIFA office construction
From left:  John Kekos, Nancy Kekos, Eric Johnson, Dave Schubert, Candace Connelly, Dan McGrath and Doug Collier. At front: Alyra.

Notice a new face in the left column (and above, just behind and to the right of Alyra)? Candace Connelly has joined the NIFA staff and will be at the helm of the NIFA Hot Line. She will happily answer your questions or direct you to the person you need to talk to. 

Emily HaasMany thanks and "Ciao for now" to Emily Haas, who has been talking to many of you as our Hot Line staff person for the past several years. We will miss Emily (andIndia India, her faithful bring-your-dog-to-work Fridays buddy).

Emily is now attending nursing school full-time. We wish Emily and India the best!
red arrow RNFA Tip

Take care of your own body when you're working with patients. Click to watch the ANA's (American Nursing Association) Safe Patient Handling 3-minute video.
red arrow Just for Fun

The Laryngospasms is a musical group comprised of practicing Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists who create and perform medical parodies. Next time you need a laugh, check out their video, "Waking up is hard to do." 
red arrow NIFA's Favorite Links

Here are five of the most-in-demand sites for our students, prospective students and grads. Enjoy!

AORN Legislative Map
RNFA Scope of Practice 
ACS List of Cases that Require an Assistant at Surgery
AORN Perioperative Bookstore
AORN's RN Circulator Hospital Legislation Map
AORN Educational Partner
Disclaimer: The views expressed in this newsletter are strictly those of their respective authors and do not necessarily represent the views of NIFA. NIFA does not give any express or implied warranty as to the
accuracy of statements made by our contributors and does not accept any liability for error or omission. It is the responsibility of all perioperative personnel to work within and adhere to their facility bylaws and individual state scope of practice.
NIFA logo with college capThe National Institute for First Assisting (NIFA) is the nation's leader of distance learning RNFA programs. NIFA students receive over 34 hours of simulated skills hands-on lab training at our 3-day SutureStarXpress Workshops (or over 54 hours of simulated skills hands-on lab training at our 6-day SutureStar Workshops). NIFA's RNFA programs are CCI-accepted and meet all standards as set forth by the AORN for formal RN First Assistant programs, taking Perioperative Nurses and NPs to expert levels in the expanded role of Registered Nurse First Assistant.