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Professional Nursing Seminars RN First Assistant Program

Want to learn how to become an RN First Assistant from someone who has years of experience in first assisting and teaching RNFAs? Want to get all the essentials and not pay for extra modules and CEs? This course is for you!

This Registered Nurse First Assistant program is designed to provide the experienced perioperative nurse with the advanced preparation necessary to assume the role of first assistant. This program is based on the AORN's Core Curriculum for the RNFA.

This RNFA Program stresses the importance of an expanded perioperative role for the RNFA. Your perioperative experience is used to build a foundation of knowledge that will enable you to function in the entire perioperative arena, not just the intraoperative phase. An experienced RNFA will not only instruct and guide your learning experiences, but will assist you in planning your internship with your preceptor surgeon. We have found that faculty involvement is very important to successful completion of such a comprehensive educational program. This program is accepted by CB:PN so that students may sit for the certification exam when they become eligible and choose to do so.

Taos Mountain - North View

This is one of the oldest of the RNFA Programs in the US. It began in 1985 and continues to draw students from all corners of the country. It is conducted in conjunction with Northern New Mexico Community College with sessions being held in a conference hotel in the beautiful Taos Ski Valley, a resort located in the Sangre de Cristo mountains only about 90 miles south of Colorado-New Mexico state line.

The six day on-site classes are conducted 4-5 times during the summer and fall. Class sessions run from 8 am-5 pm, Monday through Saturday. Ample evening time is given to enjoy the spectacular Taos sunsets, hiking, dining, barn dances, music concerts, shopping, etc. Some students find that their families aren't willing to stay home, and come along for a vacation! It may be fun to plan an extra day or so before or after class to visit the many tourist attractions of Taos and Santa Fe. The crisp mountain air, sunny days, and golden aspens of fall invite you to linger!

Some of Our Students

Dress is casual; we like for students to be as comfortable as possible. In fact, many choose to take a picnic lunch for a hike or chair-lift ride during lunch. Enrollment is limited to 20 students and is filled on basis of the first 20 registrants meeting application requirements.




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