Program Objectives

Upon completion of the course of study and fulfillment of the terminal objectives and other obligations of the program, students of the School of Anesthesia will have achieved eligibility to write the qualifying examination of the Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists. Through the course curriculum and clinical preparation, students will meet the following program objectives: 

1. Perform a preanesthetic interview and assessment.

2. Evaluate patient history, physical and appropriate lab and x-ray data.

3. Develop an appropriate anesthesia care plan consistent with the overall medical and nursing regime.

4. Administer general anesthesia for all ages and all categories of patients, utilizing a broad variety of techniques and agents.

5. Perform/manage regional anesthesia.

6. Use and interpret a broad variety of monitoring modalities.

7. Manage fluid/blood component therapy within the medical plan of care.

8. Recognize and take appropriate action when complications arise during anesthesia management, consistent with standards of practice and policy of the organization, and referring to a physician all problems beyond these limitations.

9. Position or supervise positioning of patients to assure optimal physiologic function and patient safety.

10. Function as a team leader/member in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and possess ACLS and PALS recognition.

11. Perform arterial punctures, interpret and take appropriate actions with reference to screening pulmonary function and blood/gas determinations.

12. Supervise and/or provide consultation for ventilatory care for patients in acute-care situations.

13. Utilize appropriate principles of basic and behavioral sciences in protecting patients from iatrogenic complications.

14. Teach paramedical personnel in area of expertise and contribute to community health care education.

15. Recognize personal and professional strengths and limitations and appropriate action consistent with valid self-awareness.

a. Accept constructive criticism,make appropriate changes, and seek appropriate personnel for advice and consultation.

b. Practice effective communication skills.

c. Promote and maintain effective interpersonal relationships.

d. Maintain an industrious and productive work standard.

e. Demonstrate understanding,compassion, and empathy.

f. Recognize own value system and refrain from imposing individual values on others.

g. Demonstrate ability to perform effectively under stress.

16. Know and function within appropriate legal requirements as a licensed professional, accepting responsibility and accountability for your own practice.

17. Participate in state and national professional organizations in preparation for active involvement.

18. Demonstrate the ability to critically assess and apply research concepts.

19. Develop and participate in anesthesia programs as a skilled educator and researcher.