Nine members of the RNFA community met in Denver in September 2019 to serve as Subject Matter Experts on the NASC Job Analysis Committee. They were chosen for their experience and diverse backgrounds, and enjoyed getting to know each other while discussing their day-to-day responsibilities.The group worked hard for two full days, but also enjoyed breaks in the Colorado sunshine and evening dinners out together. NASC is very grateful to each member of the committee for their hard work and dedication to their profession.
The committee members who participated in the meeting in Denver were (left to right in the above photo): Dawn Whiteside, Michael Sanudo, Sharon Van Wicklin, Andrew Peckham, Amanda Stauble, Charles Ludwig, Karen Knapp, Dawn Tammen, and Sheila Stein. In addition, Barbara Budinsky participated in preliminary planning prior to the meeting.
A job analysis must be conducted periodically as part of the accreditation process for the CRNFA certification. CRNFA accreditation is due to be renewed in 2020, and conducting a formal job analysis is an important first step in renewing accreditation for the credential. A job analysis can be summarized as “a description of what people do and know when completing a job or task.”
The final job analysis report identified seven domains of knowledge of the RNFA:
NASC contracted with Dr. Manny Straehle with Assessment, Education & Research Experts (AERE) to provide the psychometric services to prepare the final job analysis report. This report will serve as a blueprint for developing program needs such as exam questions, performance-based assessments, professional development activities, and candidate eligibility criteria for the CRNFA certification.
We are excited to have completed this first step in ensuring that CRNFA remains a respected, accredited certification that attests to the knowledge, skills, and professional development of the Registered Nurse Assistant in Surgery.