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.
NZNO chief executive Memo Musa has been a keen supporter of the RNAA framework and postgraduate paper.
"I was motivated to apply for the RNAA paper because I felt, as a resource nurse for anaesthetics, I needed to expand my knowledge and clinical skills to be better equipped to mentor and support anaesthetic nurses.
This will change in 2015, when perioperative nurses will be able to enrol in an RNAA nursing paper at AUT (pending AUT board approval).
However, having a postgraduate specialty paper is a significant milestone in RNAA nursing history.
The certificate of proficiency paper will provide an alternative pathway for RNs to demonstrate RNAA specialty competencies.
Q8: Which educational institution will be offering an RNAA course in early 2015?
Auckland University of Technology (AUT) will be piloting a Certificate of Proficiency RNAA course (pending AUT Board approval) in early 2015.
Q9: Are there any restrictions on the RN perioperative work setting in order to enrol in the Certificate of Proficiency RNAA course?
Perioperative nurses enrolling in the RNAA course can be employed in small or large, public or private surgical hospitals.