Courses

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DNA NURSAN 3790 1.0 Basic Clinical Care-1: Introduction to Technology, Monitoring and Practice

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 basic level anesthesia technology and equipment, medications, monitoring procedures, and the perioperative environment. Experiences will begin with simple cases and techniques and build to more complex ones. Clinical experiences will be guided by Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists and/or Anesthesiologists. Clinical case conferences and ongoing assessments will be conducted to evaluate the students’ ability to apply basic didactic coursework into clinical anesthesia care.

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DNA NURSAN 3791 3 Advanced Principles of Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophysiology 1

This first course in a 2- course series is designed to help students understanding of advanced   concepts   in  Anatomy,   Physiology   and  Pathophysiology   related  to anesthesia care.  Advanced principles of patient management supported by best evidence will be applied to the clinical practice of nurse anesthesia across a variety of body systems and surgical procedures.   Students will formulate and evaluate approaches   to  anesthesia   management   in  the  presence   of  pathophysiologic conditions affecting the Central Nervous System (CNS), neuromuscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, skeletal, and immune systems.

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DNA NURSAN 3792 1.5 Basic Clinical Care 2: Basic Pre-operative, Intraoperative and Post-operative Care

This second clinical course promotes development of skills gained in NURSAN 3790 and integrates prior basic didactic content with more advanced concepts. The primary focus will be on the application of physiology and pathophysiology into anesthetic practice.  Students will be assigned to affiliated clinical sites and anesthesia related specialty areas as well as increasingly complicated cases. Clinical experiences will be guided by Certified Registered    Nurse Anesthetists and Anesthesiologists. Clinical case conferences will be conducted to assess the students’ ability to combine more advanced didactic content into patient specific perioperative anesthesia care.

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DNA NURSAN 3793 3 Advanced Principles of Anesthesia 1

This course is the first in the three-part Advanced Principles series which provides in-depth study of specialized areas of nurse anesthesia practice.  Lectures will concentrate on the theoretical basis for specific anesthesia nursing interventions and the rationale for their use in the pediatric and obstetric specialties.  Concepts related to regional anesthesia, acute pain management and chronic pain management will be reviewed.   Plans of care for pediatrics, obstetrics, patients requiring regional anesthesia and pain patients will be developed and evaluated. Current techniques and technologies related to management of regional anesthesia and pain blocks will be reviewed and reinforced with a variety of simulation experiences (hands-on, screen based, virtual).

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DNA NURSAN 3794 1.0 Evidence Based Nurse Anesthesia Practice

This course builds on knowledge and skills acquired in NUR 2000 and NUR 2011. Translation of research evidence to nurse anesthesia clinical practice is a focus. Students will critique research papers, quality improvement projects and programmatic evaluations. Students will gain an understanding of how clinical practice guidelines (e.g., American Society of Anesthesia, American Heart Association, World Health Organization, and Centers for Disease Control) are developed, evaluated and disseminated.  Differences between research projects, quality improvement projects and program evaluation projects will be explored. Students will gain an understanding of methods for integrating clinical practice guidelines into capstone projects.

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DNA NURSAN 3795 2.0 Advanced Principles of Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophysiology 2

This second course in the series is designed to review the relevant anatomy and physiology of the endocrine, renal, hepatic, gastrointestinal, (and other intraabdominal organ), immune, hematologic and genitourinary systems. Students will develop in-depth understanding of how pathophysiology involving these systems will influence anesthetic choices and management approaches. Referencing best-evidence and clinical protocols, students will describe management approaches for surgical and therapeutic procedures related to these systems. Additionally, the pathophysiology of psychiatric illness, infectious disease, cancer and obesity will be reviewed and approaches to anesthesia care in the presence of these conditions will be developed.

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DNA NURSAN 3796 3.0 Advanced Pharmacology for Nurse Anesthetists

This course provides the basis for in-depth understanding of the pharmacology of clinical anesthesia practice. Specific properties of anesthetic agents and commonly used adjunctive drugs are discussed and evaluated for appropriate application in clinical situations. Development of a comprehensive knowledge base with respect to drugs used by the Nurse Anesthetist in the clinical setting will be achieved through lecture, presentation, situational examples, and case analysis. Students will formulate specific pharmacologic plans through synthesis of a variety of concepts.

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DNA NURSAN 3797 1.5 Advanced Clinical Care 1: Pain Management, Ultrasound, Regional Anesthesia, Pediatrics and Obstetrics

This third clinical course is designed to begin integrating more advanced clinical concepts into the clinical experience. Primary focus will be on application of the principles of advanced physiology, pathophysiology and applied pharmacology to management of increasingly advanced clinical cases. Students will be assigned to affiliated clinical sites and anesthesia related specialty areas. Clinical experiences will be guided by Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists and Anesthesiologists. Supplemental clinical case conferences will focus on the students’ ability to integrate more advanced didactic content into patient specific clinical anesthesia care. Particular emphasis will be placed on discussion of approaches to pain management, regional anesthesia, obstetrics and pediatrics.

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DNA NURSAN 3798 3 Advanced Principles of Anesthesia 2

The second course in the Advanced Principles series provides in-depth study of specialized areas of Nurse Anesthesia Practice. Lectures concentrate on the theoretical basis for specific interventions and relevant research-based rationale for their use in each area of sub specialization. Planning for the anesthetic care of patients with diseases requiring cardiothoracic, pulmonary, vascular, gynecologic, genitourinary and transplant (heart and lung) procedures is the focus. Current techniques and technology related to safe management of care for patients undergoing these procedures will be reviewed.  Incorporated interactive workshops using models and mannequins will allow skill development in the areas of fiberoptic bronchoscopy, jet ventilation, Double Lumen Endobronchial Tube placement (DLEBT) and Central Venous Catheter insertion.  Skills in scientific writing for publication in preparation for Capstone project completion will be developed. 

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DNA NURSAN 3799 1.0 Directed Seminar for the BSN to DNP Student Anesthetist

This seminar based course is designed to provide the Nurse Anesthesia Program DNP Student with a strong theoretical and practical foundation grounded in Nurse Anesthesia science. In consultation with their faculty advisor, students will choose from among four different areas of focus including Nurse Anesthesia Education, Nurse Anesthesia Simulation Methods, Clinical Research for the Nurse Anesthetist and Nurse Anesthesia Administration, and nurse anesthesia policy.  The focus and content will change according to current state–of-the-art practice in Nurse Anesthesia with consideration given to faculty and student areas of interest, to include international practice in developing countries.

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DNA NURSAN 3800 1.5 Nurse Anesthetist Role Seminar

This course prepares the nurse anesthesia student for their new role as a CRNA and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse. Areas of professional responsibility and potential professional roles will be addressed including APRN, educator, military member, consultant, self-employed practitioner, CRNA clinician, leader, change agent, organizational leadership position and administrator. Licensure, accreditation, certification and educational requirements for CRNAs as APRNs will be reviewed. Pathways to active involvement in community service and legislative advocacy will be discussed and analyzed. Legal, financial, malpractice and ethical issues related to nurse anesthesia practice will be addressed.
 

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DNA NURSAN 3801 1.5 Advanced Clinical Care-2: Cardiothoracic, Cardiovascular and Vascular

This fourth clinical course is designed to assist the nurse anesthesia student  to  integrate  advanced  clinical  concepts  being  covered concurrently in the classroom with the clinical experience. Primary focus will be on specialty case management, including 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 to manage increasingly complicated and specialty cases. Clinical experiences will be guided by Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists and/or Anesthesiologists. Supplemental clinical case conferences will be conducted with focus on these specialty populations These conferences will correspond to current didactic courses.
 

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DNA NURSAN 3802 3 Advanced Principles of Anesthesia 3

The third course in the Advanced Principles series provides in-depth study of specialized areas of Nurse Anesthesia Practice. Lectures concentrate on the evidence base for specific anesthetic and surgical interventions. Anesthetic approaches and management plans for patients with traumatic injuries, burns (across the lifespan), alterations of hemostasis, hematologic disorders and neuropathology and pulmonary conditions will be reviewed.  Neurosurgical, diagnostic radiology, solid organ transplant (renal, hepatic etc.) trauma, reconstructive and plastic surgery procedures will be reviewed. Current techniques and technology related to safe management of care for patients undergoing procedures involving these areas will be examined.  Interactive workshops in managing trauma and performing invasive and non-invasive procedures will allow development of psychomotor skills in caring for burn and trauma patients.  This course will also focus on principles of scientific writing for publication

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DNA NURSAN 3803 1.5 Advanced Clinical Care-3: Neurosurgical, Trauma and Emergency

This fifth clinical course builds upon experiences gained in NURSAN 3801 and prior courses. The focus will be on demonstration and refinement of more advanced skills as well as incorporating content from concurrent didactic coursework into patient care. Students will demonstrate the ability to implement patient specific plans of care for neurosurgical, neurovascular, trauma, renal, hepatic and emergency procedures. Students  will  also  demonstrate  the  ability  to  manage complex pathophysiology. Students will gain an awareness of the broader professional roles and responsibilities of the CRNA (administrative, patient advocacy, process and patient safety evaluator). Supplemental clinical case conferences will be conducted with focus on these specialty populations and the CRNA role.

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DNA NURSAN 3804 2.0 Advanced Clinical Care-4: Synthesis of Perioperative Care

This sixth clinical course builds upon experiences gained in NURSAN 3803 and prior courses and is designed to help the student refine their knowledge base and develop increasing sophistication in practice. Students will be able to provide care for any combination of patient acuity level and complexity of procedure across the lifespan. Clinical experiences will be guided by Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists and/or Anesthesiologists. Integrated clinical case conferences will require students to present their patients and defend their plan of care with rationale based on best practices.
 

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