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.

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