The Certified Registered Nurse First Assistant (CRNFA) Exam offered by the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN) and Competency & Credentialing Institute (CCI) qualifies successful candidates as Registered Nurse First Assistant (RNFA). The exam should be taken by nurses who plan on being the First Assistant to a surgeon during surgery.
The AORN and CCI require candidates to meet certain eligibility requirements prior to applying for the exam. These eligibility requirements include the following:
* The candidate must be a licensed RN or a foreign equivalent with at least a bachelor’s degree, but preferably a master’s degree in nursing science.
* Candidates will need to have accrued 2,000 hours of nursing assistance in surgery prior to applying for the exam.
* All candidates must complete a RNFA accredited program prior to applying
Candidates can take the CRNFA exam during several month long testing windows throughout each calendar year. Members of AORN pay only $425 to take the exam while all others pay $550. The exam is comprised of multiple choice questions. Candidates will have three hours to complete the exam in its entirety. The CRNFA certification lasts for a period of five years, at which point candidates will need to recertify through continuing education credits.
Many of the questions found on the exam focus on interoperative procedures. Other questions on the exam may require knowledge of intraoperative procedures, patient safety, professional standards, and operating room procedures.
The exam is administered at computer-based testing centers located nationwide. Candidates will be able to choose a convenient testing location nearest them after being accepted.
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