October 21, 2019

RNFA Program

Become a formal RNFA recognized by all 50 State Boards of Nursing


The new RN FirRNFA_onest Assistant (RNFA) Educational Standards by the Association of PeriOperativeRegistered Nurses came out in December of 2013, requiring the completion of a formal, accredited college, RNFA Program for all perioperative nurses and APRNs practicing in the expanded role of first assistant at surgery.

NIFA® has partnered with three colleges and their accredited nursing programs making it the nation’s largest trainer of RNFAs, leading to the CRNFA® exam. Add that to our 3 and 6 day SutureStar™ Workshops, and it’s easy to see why NIFA enrolls up to 70% of all RNFA students each year.



4 more reasons to register for a RNFA SutureStar™ RNFA_twoWorkshop today

  • At three in the morning, in the middle of a complex surgery, a surgeon wants a highly skilled and competent RN First Assistant, not an unprepared student. Mastery of surgical skills is the ultimate measure of a successful RNFA. In the late 90’s, the National Institute of First Assisting (NIFA) recognized this problem and developed training programs for experienced, perioperative Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners that raised the bar in RNFA training.
  • According to the 2018 AORN Salary Survey, RNFAs receive 13% more (relative to base pay). With up to 30 times more hands-on training than others, NIFA’s SutureStar Workshops guarantee to have you performing at expert levels before seeing your first patient in an RNFA Program’s clinical internship. It just makes sense that when you add NIFA training to your portfolio, you’ll do even better and be even more in demand!
  • NIFA is the only RNFA training that offers the following classes, guaranteed to take you to the front of RNFA_threethe line:
    • Laparoscopic Labs
    • Endoscopic Vessel Harvesting (EVH) Labs
    • Total Abdominal Hysterectomy (TAH) Labs
    • Transverse Colon Resection Labs
    • Cesarean Section Labs
    • ORIF of the Femur Labs
    • Carotid Endarterectomy Labs
    • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Repair Labs
    • RNFA Reimbursement Seminar

    See our SutureStar™ Workshops

  • Your success as an RNFA is directly commensurate with the amount of hands-on training you receive now. That’s why, since 1997 NIFA’s given this guarantee: you will master the skills of the nation’s top RN First Assistants or we will retrain you free of charge. See the NIFA difference by requesting our new brochure today!

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