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The Mission of Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island School of Nurse Anesthesia is to educate safe, competent certified registered nurse anesthetists via the provision of a broad-based, comprehensive nurse anesthesia curriculum. The program's mission includes promotion of an environment which advocates critical thinking, professionalism and a commitment to life-long learning.

Program Objectives

The terminal objectives of the anesthesia specialty are to prepare nurses who are:

  1. Seekers of new knowledge by means of critical thinking, creative reasoning, and scientific investigation in anesthesia nursing practice and theory, specifically
    • Recognizes and takes appropriate actions with reference to complications occurring during anesthetic management.
    • Utilizes appropriate principles of basic and behavioral sciences in protecting patients from iatrogenic complications.
  2. Decision makers who utilize advanced knowledge in anesthesia and ethical principles in serving the needs of individuals and society, specifically:
    • Uses and interprets a broad variety of monitoring modalities including electronic monitors (e.g. electrocardiogram, arterial pressures, capnometry, pulse oximetry, central venous pressures, pulmonary artery and left atrial pressures).
    • Interprets and takes appropriate actions with reference to screening pulmonary function and blood gas determinations.
    • Evaluates the post anesthetic course of the patient including recommendation of corrective action with respect to anesthesia related complications.
  3. Clinical specialists with expertise and advanced knowledge in anesthesia nursing who function independently and collaboratively with other health team members, specifically:
    • Performs a complete and accurate pre-anesthetic evaluation of the patient by utilizing: history and physical examination, review of medical records and all pertinent laboratory data.
    • Develops an appropriate plan of anesthesia care consistent with the individual overall nursing and medical regimen of the patient.
    • Administers physiologically sound anesthetics utilizing the principles of general and regional anesthesia as they apply to the diagnostic, operative and physiologic condition of the patient.
    • Recognizes and evaluates significant physiologic responses to anesthesia and implements a course of action utilizing physiologic and pharmacologic principles.
    • Functions as a team member or leader as a resource person in areas of acute care, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, respiratory therapy and fluid management.
    • Demonstrates proficiency in advanced technical skills required for the contemporary practice of nurse anesthesia.
  4. Leaders capable of determining strategies which stimulate change in the professional and health care delivery system, and in nursing practice, education, and research, specifically:
    • Recognizes personal/professional strengths and limitations, and takes appropriate actions consistent with valid self-awareness.
    • Performs within the medical, legal and ethical standards of anesthesia practice; accepting responsibility for one's own actions as a professional member of the health care team.
    • Engages in practice to the fullest extent of capability and preparation, within the limitations of state statute and hospital philosophy.
  5. Communicators of anesthesia nursing knowledge in both oral and written forms, specifically:
    • Incorporates nurse anesthesia education and advanced practice skills into clinical practice providing quality, culturally congruent, patient care while striving for continued personal and professional excellence to advance the field of nurse anesthesia.
    • Successfully completes a thesis or passes an oral comprehensive examination.
    • Disseminates acquired knowledge through various seminars and Journal Club.
  6. Completes the self-evaluation examination.
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