RNFA = Job Security?

Ready for some uplifting news? Last month we polled our RNFA graduates and asked how they’ve been weathering the recession – specifically, if having their RNFA has helped them with job security during these hard economic times. While some had experienced downsizing, 70% of the responses were extremely positive.  Here are just two examples:

“With fewer residents available to assist with cases, the RNFAs are very busy. Because the RNFAs can scrub, circulate, and assist, the charge nurse has more flexibility in making assignments.”

                        Joanne Niwa, NIFA RNFA Graduate

“Funny you should ask. My job here has increased in hours. Due to decreases in nursing positions our cases run longer into the afternoon and the night. . . . Other services are asking for my assistance, especially general and ortho. As I am an OR employee not a service employee it makes switching easier. . . . If anything I feel my job is more secure.”

                      Thomas LeBlanc, NIFA RNFA Graduate

Click here to read more responses from our graduates.

Julie LancasterIf you have a personal experience to share – a triumph, a tough lesson learned or a tip that might be of interest to our busy readers, please shoot an email to me at [email protected].  Even if you don’t have time to write an article, just let me know your idea and how to contact you and I’ll be glad to give you a call at your convenience.  Thanks!


Julie Lancaster, Editor
Tips for Reading CT Images
Installment 3: Computed Tomography (CT) – Chest
By Michael Sheehan, MSN, RNFA, NPC, FCCM

Michael SheehanWant to become more marketable as an RN First Assistant? Contributor Michael Sheehan, NP RNFA, encourages all RNFAs to increase their confidence and general knowledge by acquiring more skills in reading perioperative images. These skills not only make you more versatile but also improve your preparation and knowledge at the point of care, which is paramount to optimal patient outcomes.  Sheehan is quite seasoned at reading CTs and X-rays and has shared his knowledge and skill with several NPs and CNSs at his facility.
In this third installment written exclusively for our readers, Sheehan turns his focus to CT scans. He takes the reader through a series of CT chest images representing different medical conditions and suggests the questions that you might ask yourself about each one.  At the end of the article are several 3-dimensional reconstruction images based on CT technology, together with written explanations.

Read the full article here.

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News: America’s Best Hospitals

US News and World Report has announced its annual ranking of the best hospitals in the country. This year’s study – the 20th annual – considered 4,861 hospitals from the standpoint of 16 specialties (cancer, heart disease, etc.) and found 174 that were ranked in even one of those specialties being considered.  Of those, an “honor roll” of 21 hospitals scored high in at least six specialties.

Avery Comarow, the editor of the rankings, wrote in an article that appeared at MSN.com, “Unlike other rankings and ratings that grade hospitals on how well they execute routine procedures like outpatient hernia repair or manage common conditions like low-grade heart failure, the U.S. News approach looks at how well a hospital handles complex and demanding situations – replacing an 85-year-old man’s heart valve, diagnosing and treating a spinal tumor, and dealing with inflammatory bowel disease, to name three examples. High-stakes medicine.”

Click here to see U.S. News and World Report’s Honor Roll and A-Z best hospitals index, and to browse rankings by specialty.