It is the purpose of the nurse anesthesia concentration to provide the local community and beyond with competent nurse anesthetists. The faculty also believe that the doctorally prepared nurse anesthetist will be able to lead activities that support and enhance the profession of nurse anesthesia. Historically, our students have won various awards at state and national conventions and participated in local service events to both support the community and to raise awareness of nurse anesthetists.
Each didactic course and clinical educational area has a set of objectives. Both faculty and students utilize these objectives as educational guidelines to meet the learning outcomes in the field of nurse anesthesia.
The nurse anesthesia concentration is an integral part of the College of Nursing and has embraced the College's philosophy as its own. The following competencies were developed to conform to the mission and philosophy of the University and of College of Nursing. At the completion of this concentration, the graduate will be able to:
- Integrate scholarship and clinical experience based upon evidence to support best practices of nurse anesthesia.
- Manage the complexities of anesthesia care from preoperative assessment through the post anesthesia period using all available technologies.
- Analyze issues and trends in healthcare for their impact on the practice of nurse anesthesia.
- Implement the role of nurse anesthetist to ensure continuity of care and safe effective practice.
- Implement quality improvement initiatives that conform to AANA’s Professional Practice Standards.
- Analyze the broad context or system within which nurse anesthesia is practiced.