Nurse anesthetists are advanced practice nurses who administer all types of anesthetic for every kind of surgery or procedure. As expert clinicians, they focus on preoperative evaluation, intraoperative management and postoperative anesthesia care.
Clinical courses for MSN nurse anesthesia students at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing provide them with the opportunity to give direct patient care, participate in staff education programs and identify clinical topics for research. Students work one on one with a clinical preceptor with expertise in nurse anesthesia. They also take part in administering general and regional anesthesia in persons of all ages. The management of emergency operations, obstetrics, pediatrics and neurosurgery are an integral part of the clinical experience. Graduates will be eligible to take the certification examination administered by the Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists.
All applicants must have either two years of recent critical care experience or one year of critical care experience with specialty certification. A critical care area is defined as one where, on a routine basis, the registered professional nurse manages one or more of the following: invasive hemodynamic monitors (such as pulmonary artery catheter, CVP, arterial); cardiac assist devices; mechanical ventilation; and vasoactive drips. In addition, one of the references in the application packet must be from a current nurse manager or assistant nurse manager.
Applicants (and all supplemental materials) for the Nurse Anesthesia Program are due by June 1 to be reviewed for admission the following year.
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