NIFA National Institute of First Assisting

The Nation’s Perioperative Trainer.

RNFA – Nation’s largest RN First Assistant (RNFA) training program for NPs and RNs in surgery.

NISE™ – Nurse In Surgery Essentials (NISE™) is the only ABSNC accredited circulating nurse training program.

NIFA National Institute of First Assisting

The Nation’s Perioperative Training Programs

RNFA – Nation’s largest RN First Assistant (RNFA) training program for NPs and RNs in surgery.

NISE – Nurse In Surgery Essentials (NISE™) is the only ABSNC accredited circulating nurse program.

RN First Assistant - RNFA

NIFA’s RNFA program is for student who currently have their CNOR (or will be CNOR-eligible and obtain CNOR before completion), have a current unrestricted RN license and hold at least a Bachelor’s degree. Additionally, RNFA students must be currently working full-time or part-time in perioperative nursing.

Gain the edge and advance your skills even further by attending our renowned SutureStar™ Workshops.

Nurse in Surgery Essentials - NISE

NIFA’s NISE program is intended to give RNs the foundations to succeed in the perioperative setting and ultimately in NIFA’s RNFA program.  NISE students must have an active RN license and be employed in the perioperative setting.

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Every month, NIFA collaborates with experts to offer educational RNFA webinars giving students and graduates the knowledge they need to succeed in an ever changing industry.

SutureStar™ Workshops

Obtain up to 30 times more hands on training by attending one of NIFA’s RNFA SutureStar™ Workshops.

NIFA is the only RNFA training that offers the following classes, guaranteed to take you to the front of the line:

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Laparoscopic Labs

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Endoscopic Vessel Harvesting (EVH) Labs

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Total Abdominal Hysterectomy (TAH) Labs

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Transverse Colon Resection Labs

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Cesarean Section Labs

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ORIF of the Femur Labs

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Carotid Endarterectomy Labs

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Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Repair Labs

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RNFA Reimbursement Seminar

Students get all of this hands-on training all while having a great time in fantastic locations throughout the country!

We’ve Been Educating RNFAs For Over 25 years

NISE PROGRAM

Learn more about NIFA’s accredited perioperative training program for RNs.

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RNFA PROGRAM

Learn more about the RNFA program recognized by all 50 State Boards of Nursing.

APRN RNFA Program

Learn more about the RNFA program recognized by all 50 State Boards of Nursing.

Upcoming Workshops

View the schedule for NIFA’s upcoming 3 and 5 day SutureStar™ Workshops.

Newsletters

We strive to provide only relevant information relating to this everchanging field.

Graduate Testimonials

Don’t take our word for it that we offer the best RNFA education in the industry, here’s what our grads say:

“Being an RN First Assistant has opened many doors for me and allowed me to better myself personally and professionally. I specialize in orthopedics and am very happy where I am in life.”

NIFA RNFA Graduate

“I have gained a greater understanding of what my perioperative patients experience. I have a broader role in the care of my patients. I have greater opportunity for professional achievement and monetary gain.”

NIFA RNFA Graduate

“Yes! I am more engaged in my nursing career than ever before. I am looked to by surgeons to help their cases go smoother and more successful. Also, the pay increase has been helpful.”

NIFA RNFA Graduate

Want to see what others say?

In March of 2020, we asked our graduates how RNFA bettered their life (even during Covid 19). Click the written testimonial button below to see some of the responses submitted within 24 hours. 

Additionally, we gathered videos from students who shared some of their experiences with NIFA in the video testimonials.

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RECOGNIZED BY ALL 50 BONs

RNFA program meets all the standards as set forth by the AORN.

Accepted by the Competency and Credentialing Institute (CCI) since 1998.

Online RNFA PROGRAM

The online didactic portion addresses all the modules of the AORN Core Curriculum for RN First Assistants.

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Home studies represent approximately 48 hours including preparation for the hands-on training portion

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3 or 5 Day SutureStar™ Workshop

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140-hour surgical internship arranged at their own facility

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