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The RNFA works collaboratively with the surgeon to produce positive
outcomes for the patient.
· Many operative procedures require a surgical assistant.
· A shorter operation correlates with improved patient outcomes*.
· The shortage of general practitioners that traditionally function
as the assistant during surgery has facilitated the introduction
of the RNFA as a viable alternative. In some instances, the family
physician chooses not to act as the surgical first assistant. Several
hospitals in Ontario have designated funding for RNFA positions
through their global budget.
· With their previous operating room nursing experience, RNFAs bring
a unique perspective to the assistant's role. Understanding the
patient's perioperative experience, coupled with specific knowledge
of a surgeon's preferences, helps to facilitate a quicker, smoother
operative experience for the patient.
· The RNFA works collaboratively with the surgeon, anaesthesiologist,
nursing, medical and auxiliary staff, and can play an important
role in the learning experiences of nursing and medical students.
The RNFA works collaboratively with all health care workers to provide
high quality, consistent perioperative care.
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Annete (1989). Surgical Wound Healing: A Review For Perioperative Nurses. AORN
49 (2), 508.
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