April 2022 • Volume 16, No. 4

From the Editor

April is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month. Testicular cancer is a topic we haven’t focused on before in this newsletter, but it is the leading cancer in men aged 15-44.

The National Cancer Institute estimates that 9,910 new cases will be diagnosed in the U.S. this year, and 460 men will die of the disease in 2022. Worldwide, cases of testicular cancer have more than doubled in the last 40 years, with incidence varying considerably in different geographical areas. There are effective treatments for most stages of the disease, but self-examination is encouraged for early detection. 

In this issue we’ll connect you to some resources and news on this topic. Our Student in the Spotlight is Katie Strickland, RN, Creedmoor, NC.

And read on for jobs we’ve assembled for you, along with NIFA’s favorite links.


Julie Lancaster, Editor

Testicular Cancer Resources


San Antonio surgeon performs new robotic surgery on testicular cancer patients, allowing faster recovery

In more complicated cases where the disease has spread, the only option used to be a serious open surgery, but a robot is now changing that, getting these young patients back on their feet faster.

Read more . . .

What are the differences between prostate and testicular cancer?

Prostate and testicular cancer both relate to the male reproductive system. While some people may confuse them, they are separate conditions that have different risk factors, symptoms, and outcomes.

Read more . . .


Left-sided Laparoscopic Retroperitoneal Lymph-Node Dissection for a Non-Seminomatous Testicular Tumor.
Watch Video…




Advanced Testicular Cancer in a Teenager-Tips and Tricks for Radical Orchiectomy
Watch Video…




Open Retroperitoneal Lymph Node Dissection.
Watch Video…




Student Spotlight: Katie Strickland


Student Status
Current student in NIFA’s RNFA program

City & State
Creedmoor, NC

Current Position
Director of Clinical Operations, Triangle Orthopaedics Surgery Center

Where did you get your RN degree?
Piedmont Community College, Roxboro, NC

How did you come to choose perioperative nursing?
I knew when I finished nursing school I either wanted to be in the ER or OR. The orthopedic practice I worked for had an opening at their hospital for an OR nurse and the nurse manager offered me a job as a new grad.

What is one technique or RNFA trick you’ve learned from NIFA that you will use for life?
Two-handed ties.

What is the scariest moment you’ve ever seen at the table?
The scariest moment for me was when we had just performed our first hysterectomy and the patient’s BP dropped. We realized that she was still bleeding and had to re-open. There was so much blood, laps and sutures being opened, and I was terrified because it was out of our “norm.” We got the bleeding stopped and the patient did great.

How do you feel having your RNFA will impact your life/career?
Having my RNFA will allow me to continue to grow in my career by helping our surgeons and the intra-operative process more proficiently while still maintaining patient safety.

Just a reminder that NIFA is offering live, online video seminars several times a month. Join in with other RNFA students and graduates from across the country to talk with NIFA staff and and other experts about such topics as navigating the online RNFA program, how your hospital can bill for your first assisting services, credentialing questions, and how to obtain and maintain a “Dream Job” as an advanced practice nurse. See the current month’s schedule

Jobs Front

Click here for the RNFA job postings we’ve collected for you this month.

NIFA – Office Hours

Monday-Thursday, 8:00am – 5:00pm
Friday, 8:00am – 4:00pm

Practice Resources

Here are several of the most-in-demand sites for our students, prospective students and grads:

MD Edge Surgery News: Specialty News and Commentaries, Videos and More
RNFA Scope of Practice by State (PDF)
ACS List of Cases that Require an Assistant at Surgery, 2020 (PDF)
Perioperative Nurse Links (state nursing boards & professional associations)
APRN Nurse Links

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 scope of practice.

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