Certified Registered 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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