course will be offered as part of a 60-point Post-Graduate Certificate in Health Science made up of two papers: Specialty Practicum (30 points) and Advanced Assessment and Diagnostic Clinical Reasoning (30 points) or equivalent paper as approved by the Programme Head.
Nurses working or wishing to work in the RNAA
role have welcomed the development of the the RNAA
certificate of proficiency paper, delivered through the Auckland University of Technology postgraduate nursing programme.
To date, experienced perioperative nurses have prepared for the RNAA
role in a variety of methods, including self-directed learning, anaesthetist mentoring and supervision, in-house training programmes, attending conferences and seminars and audit.
However the most political issue has been defining the knowledge and skills of the RNAA
. New Zealand nurses have always been able to provide assistance to the anaesthetist under a nursing annual practising certificate.
Unfortunately, nurses assisting the anaesthetist were not afforded the same opportunity, resulting in many nurses undertaking anaesthetic technician training courses or not engaging in any formal RNAA
Delegates at the 2015 PNC Annual General Meeting were updated on the progress of the RNAA
Certificate of Proficiency delivered through the post-graduate school at Auckland University of Technology (AUT).
At the Annual General Meeting of PNCNZNO on October 18, 2014, members unanimously voted and approved the Knowledge & Skills Framework for the Registered Nurse Assistant to the Anaesthetist (RNAA
) which describes the standards required by Registered Nurses working in the field of Nurse Assistant to the Anaesthetist.
Promoting the Knowledge & Skills Framework for the Registered Nurse Assistant to the Anaesthetist (RNAA
) and the Auckland University of Technology Certificate of Proficiency RNAA
paper has been a major project this year.
She explained why Auckland University of Technology (AUT) would be ideally placed to deliver this paper due to its national standing in both nursing education and anaesthetic technology education and that the RNAA
paper will appeal to Perioperative Nurses wishing to gain a portable nursing qualification through a Nursing Council of New Zealand post graduate programme.
Nurses interested in undertaking the RNAA
paper should be discussing mentorship requirements with their Nurse Manager.
* Some members of the Education Committee have been involved in the New Zealand wide discussions about the development of the RNAA
role and the introduction of a formal course for RNs wishing to be RNAAs
course provides nurses access to formal nursing education and training in their chosen field, just as many other nursing fields have.