NIFA Afterhour Webinars

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There are multiple motivating factors as to why one pursues becoming a recognized Registered Nurse First Assistant (RNFA). We all know that RNFAs make more, are more marketable, flexible, and have the exciting opportunity of being in the “circle of trust” of their surgeons. We also know there will be professional questions you will want answered for many months to come relative to professional opportunities and experiences. With our new “Afterhour Webinars” you can join in with other RNFA students from across the country for live video seminars. Every month for 12 months, the nation’s leading RNFAs and industry related professionals will discuss everything RNFA from A to Z.


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Dean Parsons, RN, BSN, CNOR, CRNFA, RNAS-C

Director, NIFA SutureStar™ Workshops

In addition to working as a real-world, full-time RNFA, Dean has been the active SutureStar Workshop Director for NIFA over the past 8 years. Dean has over 28 years of first assisting experience in most all service lines; ‘everything from head to toe.’ At the workshops, Dean’s personal goal is to help every NIFA student master the skills of the nation’s top assistants. Dean is on the Board of Directors for the National Assistant at Surgery Certification (NASC) and is currently Chair of the Pilot Review Committee for the maintenance of the national CRNFA credential. Dean’s talking points will touch-on:

      • Scrub in/Handwashing
      • Sterile Technique
      • Gowning
      • Gloving
      • Basic draping
      • What are the simple skills of the nation’s top RNFAs
      • How to go from simple skills to expertise levels
      • How to apply those skills in complex settings
      • How to shine for surgeons in all service lines

AUG 30, 2021
7:30-9:00PM EST

Dr. Glenn Geelhoed, MD, AB, BS, MA, DTMH, MPH, MA, MPhil, EdD, ScD, FACS

Professor of Surgery George Washington University (GWG), Professor of International Medical Education GWG, Professor of Microbiology and Tropical Medicine GWG

Glenn received his BS and AB cum laude from Calvin College and MD cum laude from the University of Michigan. He completed his surgical internship and residency through Harvard University at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital Medical Center. To assist in developing further volunteer surgical services in underserved areas of the developing world, Glenn completed masters degrees in international affairs, epidemiology, health promotion and disease prevention, anthropology, and a philosophy degree in human sciences.

Discussion: Healthcare to the world’s bottom billion!

Notable awards and appointments:

      • Humanitarian of the Year, GEORGE Magazine
      • Volunteerism Award for International Outreach, American College of Surgeons
      • Faculty Distinguished Service Award, George Washington University Medical School
      • Inductee, Academie de Chirurgie de Paris
      • Past President, Washington Academy of Surgeons
      • Traveling Scholar, James IV Association of Surgeons
      • Senior Fulbright Scholar

See this brilliant surgeon orator present at Calvin College in 2011

    SEPT 7, 2021
    7:30-9:00PM EST

    Carissa Homme, PhD

    Senior Manager of Test Development and Certification, CCI

    Carissa Homme, PhD, is the Senior Manager of Test Development and Certification at the Competency and Credentialing Institute (CCI) in Denver, Colorado. CCI is a nonprofit certification leader in the perioperative nursing community. Carissa oversees exam development, maintenance, volunteer coordination, and customer care for the CNOR, CSSM, CNAMB, and CNS-CP credentials. Carissa has published and presented at the national level on certification and research topics. She holds both a PhD and MS from the Colorado School of Mines and a BS from the University of Wyoming.

      Kellie Anderson

      Credentialing & Volunteer Specialist, CCI

        • Kellie Anderson is the Credentialing & Volunteer Coordinator at Competency and Credentialing Institute (CCI) in Denver, Colorado. CCI is a nonprofit certification leader in the perioperative nursing community. Kellie’s main role is to coordinate volunteers in all stages of test development, as well as assisting in exam development, maintenance, and customer care of the CNOR, CSSM, CNAMB, and CNS-CP credentials. She holds a BSS from the Tennessee Technological University.

      Julia Johnson

      Executive Director, NASC

        • Julia Johnson is the Executive Director of National Assistant at Surgery Certification (NASC). NASC offers two certifications for RNFAs. RNAS-C certification is for the new RNFA, while CRNFA certification requires 2,000 hours of practice as an RNFA. Julia holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Northern Arizona.

              • Benefits from certification
              • Eligibility requirements for RNFA certification
              • Obtaining and maintaining RNFA certification

      SEPT 13, 2021
      7:30-9:00PM EST

      Kimberly Jones MSN-Ed., RN, CNOR, RNFA

      Director of Education, College Division, NIFA

      Kimberly Jones MSN-Ed., RN, CNOR, RNFA is the Director of Education, College Division, for NIFA as well as Director of the only ABSNC accredited introduction to the OR course in the nation – Nurse In Surgery Essentials (NISE). Kimberly serves as an Adjunct Instructor for the BSN program at Eastern Illinois University and is a member of several National Organizations such as AORN, ASPAN, and ANPD. Kimberly has served on the CNOR Test Development Committee for CCI and is a current CNOR coach.

          • Navigating an online RNFA course
          • Testing/ Remediation
          • Case logs and documentation
          • Reviewing the grade report

      SEPT 20, 2021
      7:30-9:00PM EST

      Dr. John Russell, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, AGACNP-BC, CCRN, RNFA

      Program Director, NIFA APRN RNFA Program

      Dr. Russell is a practicing nurse practitioner in cardiothoracic surgery, a NIFA graduate and now the NIFA APRN RNFA Program Director. His expertise includes complex surgical patient care, invasive acute care procedures including EVH, central line and art lines, chest tubes, thoracentesis, and hemodynamics. John works as an adjunct professor for multiple APRN nursing programs throughout the nation and is the CEO of Skills On Point, LLC, and president of Mission Skills Inc, a public charity for medical training for medical missions.

          • Introduction to the O.R. as an APRN
          • How your skill levels affect your employment
          • How billing works for procedures and RNFA vs APRN RNFA billing
          • Negotiating your RNFA training based on billing plans

      SEPT 27, 2021
      7:30-9:00PM EST

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