Terminal Objectives

Patient Safety

  • Demonstrate an understanding of clinical prevention and population health for improving the nation's health (DNP Essential VII)
  • Maintain vigilance and patient safety throughout the perianesthetic continuum.
  • Protect patients from iatrogenic complications and utilizes appropriate precautions in infection control.
  • Conduct a comprehensive and appropriate equipment check.

Individualized Perianesthetic Management

  • Demonstrate an understanding of scientific underpinnings for practice (DNP Essential I)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of clinical scholarship and analytical methods for evidence-based practice (DNP Essential III)
  • 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.
  • Function collaboratively with a multi-disciplinary team to affect patient outcomes.
  • Deliver culturally competent perianesthetic care throughout the anesthesia experience.
  • 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.

Critical Thinking

  • Demonstrate an understanding of information systems/technology and patient care technology for the improvement and transformation of health care (DNP Essential IV)
  • Apply theory to practice in decision-making and problem solving.
  • Provide nurse anesthesia care based on sound principles and research evidence.
  • Critique and integrate scholarly research in order to improve anesthesia care and patient outcomes.

Communication Skills

  • Demonstrate an understanding of interprofessional collaboration for improving patient and population health outcomes (DNP Essential VI)
  • 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

  • Demonstrate an understanding of organizational and systems leadership for quality improvement and systems thinking (DNP Essential II)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of health care policy for advocacy in health care DNP Essential V)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of advanced nursing practice (DNP Essential VIII)
  • Demonstrate personal and professional integrity.
  • Demonstrates respect for human dignity to patients, peers, and organizations.
  • 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.
  • Participate in quality management activities and operate with budget restraints and cost effectiveness.

The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice

Demonstrate an understanding of:

  1. Scientific underpinnings for practice
  2. Organizational and systems leadership for quality improvement and systems thinking
  3. Clinical scholarship and analytical methods for evidence-based practice
  4. Information systems/technology and patient care technology for the improvement and transformation of health care
  5. Health care policy for advocacy in health care
  6. Interprofessional collaboration for improving patient and population health outcomes
  7. Clinical prevention and population health for improving the nation's health
  8. Advanced nursing practice