Brian Thomas, RNFA, Registered Nurse First Assistant

Get to know Registered Nurse First Assistant Brian Thomas, who serves patients in Wheeling, West Virginia.

Brian is a registered nurse first assistant who is currently serving patients at Ohio Valley Medical Center, a 200-bed health care facility located in the heart of downtown Wheeling, West Virginia. Founded in 1890 as City Hospital, Ohio Valley Medical Center works closely with local colleges and universities to provide clinical rotations and practical instruction opportunities for healthcare providers of tomorrow.

Prior to his current endeavors, Brian worked at Wheeling Hospital from 1989 until 1991. Brian attributes his success to his mother, his father, and his high school football coach, all of whom showed him what one could achieve through hard work and dedication. 

Brian earned his nursing degree from West Virginia Northern Community College in 1989. He then went on to earn his associate’s degree in nursing from the same college in 1995. Additionally, Brian is certified in basic life support.

A registered nurse first assistant (RNFA) is a perioperative registered nurse who functions in an expanded role or an advanced practice registered nurse functioning as a first assistant. The RNFA practices expanded perioperative nursing by providing assistance to the surgeon and surgical team to facilitate quality care of patients undergoing surgical procedures. This role is recognized within the scope of nursing practice by the nurse practice acts in all 50 states.

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