Terminal Objectives

Patient Safety

  • Maintain vigilance and patient safety throughout the perianesthetic continuum.
  • Protect patients from iatrogenic complications, and utilizes appropriate precautions in infection control.
  • Position or supervise the positioning of patients to prevent injury.
  • Utilize standard precautions and appropriate infection control measures.
  • Utilize emerging health technologies.
  • Conduct a comprehensive and appropriate equipment check.

Individualized Perianesthetic Management

  • Provide care throughout the perianesthetic continuum.
  • Use a variety of current anesthesia techniques, agents, adjunctive drugs, and equipment while providing anesthesia.
  • Provide anesthesia services to patients of all ages and physical conditions for a variety of surgical and medically related procedures, including trauma and emergency cases.
  • Perform a pre-anesthetic assessment and formulates an anesthesia care plan for patient to whom he/she is assigned to administer anesthesia.
  • Administer and manage a variety of regional anesthetics.
  • Function collaboratively with a multi-disciplinary team to affect patient outcomes.
  • Deliver culturally competent perianesthetic care throughout the anesthesia experience.
  • Function as a resource person for airway and ventilator management of patients.
  • Serve as a leader or member of cardiopulmonary resuscitation team and possess current ACLS, BLS, and PALS certifications.

Critical Thinking

  • Apply theory to practice in decision-making and problem solving.
  • Provide nurse anesthesia care based on sound principles and research evidence.
  • Perform a pre-anesthetic assessment and formulate an anesthesia care plan for patients to whom they are assigned to administer anesthesia.
  • Identify and take appropriate action when confronted with anesthetic equipment-related malfunctions.
  • Interpret and utilize data obtained from noninvasive and invasive monitoring modalities.
  • Calculate, initiate, and manage fluid and blood component therapy.
  • Recognize and appropriately respond to anesthetic complications that occur during the perianesthetic period.
  • Critique and integrate scholarly research in order to improve anesthesia care.

Communication Skills

  • Effectively communicate with all individuals influencing patient care.
  • Utilize appropriate verbal, nonverbal, and written communication in the delivery of perianesthetic care.
  • Demonstrate the ability to deliver a clear and organized public presentation.

Professional Role

  • Demonstrates respect for human dignity to patients, peers, and organizations.
  • Teach others.
  • Continue commitment to lifelong learning of anesthesia through continuous professional development.
  • Function as an advocate for patients, families and communities.
  • Positively influence health care policy decision and participate in activities which influence advanced nursing roles and improve patient care.
  • Understands sound principles of anesthesia risk management to include preventive and procedural strategies.
  • Function as a registered professional nurse within appropriate professional standards, ethical and legal requirements and to accept responsibility and accountability in the delivery of patient care.
  • Participate in quality management activities and operate with budget restraints and cost effectiveness.