Nurse Anesthesia Program Objectives
Upon completion of the program, the graduate nurse anesthetist is able to:
- Articulate comprehensive knowledge and understanding of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, chemistry, and physics specific to the science of nurse anesthesia.
- Complete a comprehensive preanesthetic interview, including a health history and physical assessment.
- Develop an appropriate anesthesia care plan based on patient data and overall medical, surgical and nursing treatment plan.
- Conduct a comprehensive equipment check of the anesthesia machine and associated monitors.
- Identify and take corrective action when confronted with anesthesia equipment malfunction.
- Safely administer anesthesia to all ages and categories of patients in a variety of surgical and diagnostic settings.
- Skillfully use a variety of anesthetic agents, adjunctive medications and anesthetic techniques to provide anesthesia care.
- Administer and manage various forms of regional anesthesia.
- Analyze and interpret data obtained from anesthesia monitors and patient observation.
- Initiate and manage appropriate fluid and blood replacement therapy for patients of all ages and categories.
- Safely position the anesthetized patient to avoid intraoperative nerve injury.
- Use principles of Universal Precautions and personal protective equipment in the delivery of anesthesia care to all patients.
- Recognize and appropriately respond to anesthesia complications that occur during the perioperative timeframe.
- Function as a resource person for airway and ventilatory management of patients.
- Demonstrate a working knowledge of the role of information management in health care.
- Discuss principles of anesthesia risk management to include preventive and procedural strategies.
- Serve as an anesthesia educational resource for patients and community.
- Demonstrate integrity and ethical behavior in professional and personal interactions.
- Participate in anesthesia related quality management activities.
- Consult and collaborate effectively with members of the health care team.
- Critically evaluate research and evidence based anesthesia practices.
- Demonstrate the ability to deliver a clear and organized public presentation.
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