Courses

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DNA NURSAN 2750 3 Advanced Principles of Anesthesia 3

Provides an in-depth study of specialized areas of nurse anesthesia practice. The concentration is on the theoretical basis for specific anesthesia nursing interventions and the rationale for these interventions in each area of sub-specialization. Course will focus on anesthesia for neurologic, trauma, renal, respiratory, hepatic and hematologic disorders.

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DNA NURSAN 2751 1 Team Training in Patient Safety

This course is designed to provide the student with a theoretical and practical foundation relating to human factors, crew resource management and team performance issues that impact patient safety. Information and skills gained in this course will prepare the student to function as a patient advocate in a multidisciplinary environment and implement team-based strategies designed to promote patient safety. Crisis management protocols and communication algorithms e. g., situation-background-assessment-recommendation (SBAR) will be used as examples.

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DNA NURSAN 2760 3 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist Role Seminar

This course prepares the nurse anesthetist for new areas of responsibility as a professional contributing to education, research, and advanced practice roles. Students gain experience in developing and implementing a community service project designed to promote a positive image of nurse anesthetists. Current legislative, legal and ethical issues are presented. Professional opportunities and issues are explored.

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DNA NURSAN 2780 1-3 Independent Study

Allows individual student to pursue a specific problem or area of study with faculty guidance. Examples of individual projects which may be pursued include library study focused on a specific area relevant to anesthesia nursing or clinical work in a health care delivery setting.

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DNA NURSAN 2785 1-3 Thesis

Individual instruction provides guidance in the preparation of a scholarly written report relating to anesthesia nursing. This report synthesizes the components of a research project; review of literature, methodology, presentation and discussion of findings, application of appropriate statistical measures, and conclusion.

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DNA NURSAN 2791 8 Clinical Practicum

This initial clinical course is designed to integrate with basic didactic coursework. Students will be assigned to affiliated clinical sites and anesthesia related specialty areas. Students will be introduced to anesthesia equipment, procedures, medications and the perioperative environment. Students will be required to meet or exceed level specific objectives and experiences will build from simple cases and techniques to the more complex. Clinical experience will be guided by certified registered nurse anesthetists and anesthesiologists.

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DNA NURSAN 2792 8 Clinical Practicum

This second clinical course is designed to integrate with more advanced didactic coursework with focus on pathophysiology. Students will be assigned to affiliated clinical sites and anesthesia related specialty areas. Students will be assigned to more complicated cases and will be required to meet or exceed level specific objectives. Clinical experiences will be guided by certified registered nurse anesthetists and anesthesiologists.

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DNA NURSAN 2793 8 Clinical Practicum

This third clinical course is designed to build on more advanced didactic coursework including focus on pathophysiology, applied pharmacology and specialty case management. Students will be assigned to affiliated clinical sites and anesthesia related specialty areas. Students will be assigned to increasingly complicated cases and will be required to meet or exceed level specific objectives. Clinical experiences will be guided by certified registered nurse anesthetists and anesthesiologists.

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DNA NURSAN 2794 8 Clinical Practicum

This fourth clinical course is designed to assist the nurse anesthesia student to apply concepts from didactic coursework including focus on cardiovascular, thoracic, and vascular anesthesia. Advanced airway techniques and sophisticated laboratory analysis will be included. Students will be assigned to affiliated clinical sites and anesthesia related specialty areas. Students will be assigned to increasingly complicated and specialty cases and will be required to meet or exceed level specific objectives. Clinical experiences will be guided by certified registered nurse anesthetists and/or anesthesiologists.

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DNA NURSAN 2795 8 Clinical Practicum

This fifth clinical course is designed to assist the nurse anesthesia student to apply concepts from didactic coursework including focus on neurosurgical, trauma, orthopedic, renal transplant and hepatic transplant anesthesia. Students will apply advanced principles of fluid and blood management and demonstrate the ability to treat perioperative hematologic disorders. Students will be assigned to affiliated clinical sites and anesthesia related specialty areas. Students will be assigned to increasingly complicated and specialty cases and will be required to meet or exceed level specific objectives. Clinical experiences will be guided by certified registered nurse anesthetists and/or anesthesiologists.

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DNA NURSAN 2796 13 Clinical Practicum

This sixth clinical course is designed to assist the nurse anesthesia student to synthesize content from all advanced principles courses and to become increasingly independent in their clinical practice. Students will be assigned to affiliated clinical sites and anesthesia related specialty areas. Students will be assigned to increasingly complicated and specialty cases and will be required to meet or exceed level specific objectives. Clinical experiences will be guided by certified registered nurse anesthetists and/or anesthesiologists.

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DNA NURSAN 2797 13 Clinical Practicum

This seventh clinical course is designed to assist the nurse anesthesia student to synthesize all didactic content and to demonstrate their ability to meet all program outcome criteria for clinical practice. Students will be assigned to affiliated clinical sites and anesthesia related specialty areas. Students will be assigned to all types of cases for patients across the acuity spectrum. Students will be expected to manage anesthesia with a high degree of autonomy in this clinical rotation. Clinical experiences will be guided by certified registered nurse anesthetists and/or anesthesiologists.

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HCS NUR 2800 2 Coordinating Clinical Trials

The purpose of this course is to provide individuals with a basic understanding of clinical trials research conducted in accordance with federal regulations. Aspects of clinical trials research such as regulatory requirements, informed consent, pre and post study activities, audit procedures, and budgetary issues will be covered.

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HCS NUR 2801 1-2 Coordinating Clinical Trials Practicum

The course is designed to familiarize students with roles and responsibilities of a clinical research coordinator through observation during a practicum, discussion of different types of clinical research protocols, and discussion of how these protocols are implemented in a variety of research settings. Each student selects focus area and preceptor who guides observations designed to exemplify the role of the clinical research coordinator. Each student also participates in review of research proposals in NIH funded center at the University of Pittsburgh.

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HCS NUR 2820 3 Legal Nurse Consulting

This course provides knowledge in areas of the law; the process of a lawsuit; and ethical, legal, and social issues (ELSI) related to nurse consulting and forensic nursing (FN). It is designed to provide an overview of how nursing knowledge and skills can be transferred and translated into legal nurse consulting (INC) and forensic nursing examination (FNE) practice. Approaches and methods in legal nurse consulting and forensic nursing are discussed including but not limited to screening cases, analyzing health professional malpractice cases, performing medical records review and examination, quality assurance and risk management, preparing effective written and verbal reports and abstracts, and preparing for testifying as an expert witness. Specific activities focused on the development of investigative techniques in forensic nursing examination are included. Emphasis is placed on the application of nursing skills and knowledge to questions of law and health in criminal and civil investigations and other court related issues.

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