Welcome to the NIFA Surgical E-News – a new, monthly newsletter sent to NIFA’s students, graduates, and the extended perioperative community. Please let us know what topics you’d like to read more (or less) about. If you’d like to write something to be considered for a future issue, see below.

We know you’re busy and we respect your time, so we plan to keep each issue short, useful, and to the point. Email us and let us know how we’re doing.
Julie Lancaster, Editor

Medical Mission to the Philippines

Imagine being the RNFA to a world-renowned  surgeon, assisting in more then 150 surgeries over the course of 18 days and getting to experience an exotic country and culture at the same time.

Jennifer Curran, RN, CNOR, CRNFA, and NIFA instructor, accompanied Dr. Glenn Geelhoed, Professor of International Medicine at George Washington University, and other team members on a medical mission to the southern Philippines. The trip was sponsored by Medical Ministry International in Allen, Tex.; NIFA underwrote Jennifer’s participation.

6-Goiter_patient“I lost count of how many goiters were done on the first day of surgery, but we had three tables going at once,” says Curran, who works as a self-employed CRNFA in Savannah, Ga.

“Along with [huge] goiters, we did cleft palates, cleft lips, hydroceles, and hernias. These patients wake up with a smile on their faces and lots of thank yous and hugs!”

Read the whole story: Medical Mission – Jennifer Curran – 1-24-08


Would you like to know what is going on in your state affecting RNFAs — on a legislative basis?

It’s easy! Just go to the legislative map at the AORN site and click on your state to see current laws and regulations plus the latest legislative developments concerning perioperative nursing and surgical safety.

AORN’s Director of Government Affairs does a wonderful job of keeping this site up to date. It’s a great resource.

And, if you have any state news you would like to share with our readers, please send it to us!

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