CONTACT:
School of Adult and Graduate Education
Blaney Hall 105
sage@cedarcrest.edu
610-740-3770

Stephanie B. Woodruff, DNP, MSN, CRNA
Program Director
Associate Professor
stephanie.woodruff@cedarcrest.edu

Student Nurses and Professors at work

Overview

Anesthesia Resources

What Sets Us Apart

The educational program for the preparation of nurse anesthetists is conducted as a shared responsibility between student and faculty. Students must be intensely committed to achieving their goals through a consistent demonstration of purpose, motivation, responsibility to patients and colleagues, independence of thought, creativity and professional demeanor. Faculty is committed to the responsibilities of serving as resources, facilitators of learning and professional role models. The program is committed to each student through individualized instruction and counsel.

Our primary goal is to provide the graduate student with an advanced scientific knowledge base and a comprehensive array of clinical skills that hallmark the standard of care in anesthesia practice. Our obligation to graduates is to prepare them for full participation in the delivery of anesthesia care in concert with other members of the health care team. Graduates will be competent in independent judgment as professional nurses practicing in the field of anesthesia.

Our responsibility to the community is expressed in the provision of an educational program that will prepare the nurse anesthetist to meet the health care needs of the public in a competent and ethical manner.

Our obligation to the profession is to prepare a nurse anesthetist who will serve as a valuable resource in support of the goals of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists and the advancement of the profession of nurse anesthesia.

The faculty and students of the Nurse Anesthesia Program believe that:

  1. Students enrolled in the nurse anesthesia program must be provided education of such quality that they are able to excel in the practice of anesthesia.
  2. Nurse anesthetists provide a valued and definitive role in the delivery of anesthesia care.
  3. It is the right of all individuals to receive high quality anesthesia care conducted according to recognized tenets of patient safety and respect.

The educational program for the preparation of nurse anesthetists is conducted as a shared responsibility between student and faculty. Students must be intensely committed to achieving their goals through a consistent demonstration of purpose, motivation, responsibility to patients and colleagues, independence of thought, creativity and professional demeanor. Faculty is committed to the responsibilities of serving as resources, facilitators of learning and professional role models. The program is committed to each student through individualized instruction and counsel.

Our primary goal is to provide the graduate student with an advanced scientific knowledge base and a comprehensive array of clinical skills that hallmark the standard of care in anesthesia practice. Our obligation to graduates is to prepare them for full participation in the delivery of anesthesia care in concert with other members of the health care team. Graduates will be competent in independent judgment as professional nurses practicing in the field of anesthesia.

Our responsibility to the community is expressed in the provision of an educational program that will prepare the nurse anesthetist to meet the health care needs of the public in a competent and ethical manner.

Our obligation to the profession is to prepare a nurse anesthetist who will serve as a valuable resource in support of the goals of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists and the advancement of the profession of nurse anesthesia.

BSN to DNP Nurse Anesthesia Program (NAP) Goals

The BSN to DNP NAP curriculum integrates didactic course work with hands on simulated activity for the students.  Students will start clinical during the fall of the second year.  Course objectives in each course guide the selection of learning activities and evaluation methods throughout the curriculum. Each course builds on the knowledge, skills, and abilities students developed in previous course work. Over the plan of study in the BSN to DNP NAP, students are expected to attain the following eight overarching goals:

  1. Demonstrate advanced knowledge and competence in nurse anesthesia practice in various health care setting for patients in all acuity levels.
  2. Critically examine and demonstrate the ability to apply findings from the scientific literature as a basis for informed nurse anesthesia practice.
  3. Formulate and implement physiologically sound anesthesia techniques tailored to patient physical status and age.
  4. Identify researchable problems in nurse anesthesia practice and conduct systematic evaluation of evidence.
  5. Contribute to new knowledge generation through participation in anesthesia research.
  6. Participate in the development of clinical, administrative, and educational roles for advanced practice nurses through didactic and clinical coursework.
  7. Develop collaborative working relationships with members of our community of interest including surgical and anesthesia teams to enhance patient safety.
  8. Develop and make available faculty expertise for the benefit of the local, regional national and international communities.

Nurse Anesthesia Program (NAP) Expected Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the program the graduate will be prepared to:

  1. Perform a pre-anesthetic interview and physical assessment using patient history, physical examination, review of medical records, and appropriate laboratory data.
  2. Develop an appropriate anesthesia care plan consistent with the overall medical and nursing regimen and established guidelines, utilizing appropriate principles of basic and behavioral sciences in protecting patients from iatrogenic complications.
  3. Administer physiologically sound anesthetics to patients of all ages and physical status   categories, utilizing universal precautions and the principles of general and regional anesthesia as they apply to the diagnostic, operative and physiologic condition of the patient.
  4. Perform comprehensive and appropriate equipment checks and position or supervise positioning of patients to assure optimal physiologic function and patient safety.
  5. Recognize and evaluate physiologic responses to the anesthetic, implementing appropriate action that reflects the use of sound physiologic and pharmacologic principles, referring to a physician those responses beyond the nurse anesthetist's ability to manage consistent with practice standards and policies.
  6. Use and interpret a broad variety of monitoring modalities including electronic monitors, taking appropriate action based on sound principle of anesthesia management.
  7. Evaluate the post-anesthetic course of the patient and recommend a course of action directed toward correcting any anesthesia-related complications.
  8. Serve as a resource person, team leader or team member, in the areas of acute care, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, respiratory therapy and fluid management and assist others to expand their knowledge in these areas.
  9. Perform within appropriate medical, legal, and ethical standards of anesthesia practice, accepting responsibility and accountability for own practice, recognizing personal and professional strengths and limitations, and taking appropriate actions consistent with valid self-awareness.
  10. Demonstrate active professional commitment and involvement in the state organization for nurse anesthetists, and, active commitment and involvement in quality management activities.

Program Statistics

There are no program statistics at this time since this is a new program.

 


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