CRNA and Nurse Anesthetist Programs

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CRNA and Nurse Anesthetist Programs

Nurse Anesthesia practice is a practice which begins during the preoperative period with the pre operative assessment and continues till the patient is discharged from the recovery area. It is the duty of a nurse anesthetist to interview and assess each patient which is admitted and then formulate and implement a plan of care to best meet the needs of the patient.  Throughout the peri operative period, a nurse anesthetist provides emotional support to the patient and coordinates with other health care professional to provide the best anesthetic services to the patient.

The CRNA curriculum prepares registered nurses to administer anesthesia and practice perioperative medicine. Graduates are prepared to administer a full range of anesthetic services to a wide variety of patients. Through integrated classroom teaching, clinical instruction, and patient exposure, the student develops knowledge and the clinical skills which are necessary for a safe and effective practice. The classrooms and simulations are essential for learning; the operating room is where it all comes together. Committed to evidence-based practice, the clinical coordinators and preceptors are committed to providing students with exceptional experiences. The clinical faculty in the nursing anesthesia school provides a supervised introduction to clinical experiences and mentors students as they gain independence, critical thinking, and autonomy.

There are many schools across the country which provides the master’s degree program in nurse anesthesia. Upon completing the master’s degree program in nurse anesthesia, the graduate will be able to perform the following functions:

  • Perform a detailed and complete pre anesthetic assessment obtaining a history and physical examination, reviewing laboratory data and information from the patient’s medical record
  • Develop a plan of anesthesia based on the patient’s past medical and nursing history, current status and surgical requirements
  • Implement an anesthetic plan utilizing a broad spectrum of techniques based on sound physiology and established guidelines
  • Incorporate patient safety considerations with regard to equipment check, positioning and anesthetic administration
  • Evaluate and adapt the anesthetic plan based on patient response and considerations, utilizing physiologic and pharmacologic theories
  • Demonstrate the ability to utilize a variety of anesthetic modalities including general and regional anesthetic techniques
  • Demonstrate the ability to utilize various invasive and non-invasive monitoring techniques and to interpret information obtained from them
  • Utilize effectively a variety of non-anesthetic pharmacological agents commonly used as adjuncts in anesthesia practice
  • Rapidly synthesize essential information to develop and implement a plan of anesthesia care for emergence and trauma patients
  • Develop and implement a plan of fluid and temperature management based on physiologic conditions
  • Evaluate the patient post operatively ensuring the patient safety and comfort, identifying and consulting on any anesthesia- related complications
  • Incorporate the study and evaluation of current literature into practice
  • Function as a leader and resource in the area of airway management and critical care and as a member of the cardio-pulmonary resuscitation team
  • Demonstrate the qualities of the self-directed learner, striving to add knowledge and improve practice through self critique
  • Maintain legal and ethical standards of practice, accepting responsibility for one’s own actions and judgments
  • Maintain both advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) and pediatric advanced life support (PALS) certification.

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