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NOTICE: As of January 1, 2021, the certification method for CRNFA will be changing. The CRNFA exam will be replaced by the Professional Portfolio.

The last day to submit your application for CRNFA certification by exam is October 31, 2020. The last day to sit for the exam is December 31, 2020.

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Goal of CRNFA Certification

The ultimate goal of certification is to create a culture of patient safety and extraordinary care.  Certification benefits the entire healthcare community from the patient to the nurse to the employer or hospital administrator.

CRNFA® certification documents the validation of the professional achievement of identified standards of practice by an individual registered nurse serving in the expanded role of the registered nurse first assistant (RNFA). This voluntary recognition program acknowledges the professional achievement demonstrated when an individual registered nurse’s performance exceeds that required for competent practice in the first assistant role before, during, and after surgery.

Objectives of CRNFA Certification

  • Recognizes the individual registered nurse first assistant who is proficient in practice.
  • Strengthens conscious use of theory in assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating patient care.
  • Enhances professional growth through continued learning that results in broader knowledge and expanded skills.

Purposes of CRNFA Certification

  • Demonstrates concern for accountability to the general public for nursing practice.
  • Enhances quality patient care.
  • Identifies RNFAs who have demonstrated professional achievement in an expanded role by providing care for patients during surgical interventions.
  • Provides employing agencies a means of identifying professional achievement of an individual RNFA.
  • Provides personal satisfaction for the practitioner.