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2017-2018 Graduate Bulletin

Program in Nurse Anesthesia

College of Applied Studies

Web Page: http://pc.fsu.edu/Academics/Graduate-Programs/Nurse-Anesthesia-Program

Director: Stacey VanDyke, DNP, MSN, CRNA; Assistant Director: Robyn C. Ward, MS, CRNA; Faculty: VanDyke, Gentry, Smith.

The College of Applied Studies offers a Nurse Anesthesia Program (NAP) leading to the Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia (MSNA) degree. The graduate degree curriculum provides advanced study in anesthesiology, pharmacology, chemistry, research concepts/methods, and in intensive clinical application. The NAP’s mission is to advance the human sciences through implementing a philosophy of scientific education infused by passion, and applying clinical education and practice toward the betterment of patients in the local, national and global community. The program endeavors to motivate and instill dedication to serving public and private health systems through application of technical expertise underpinned by advanced scientific principles. The centrality of character as it manifests itself on the personal, professional, scientific, and community level is a program focal point. Exceptional clinical and didactic educational experiences are provided to students enabling the development of lifelong habits essential to continued success in the field of nurse anesthesia.

Master’s Degree Programs

Florida State University’s Nurse Anesthesia Program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA). The objective of the NAP is to educate critical care nurses in the discipline of anesthesia. Learning experiences include interactive classroom instruction, research, and individualized clinical practicum under the close supervision of certified academic and clinical faculty. Student Registered Nurse Anesthetists (SRNAs) are encouraged to collaborate with faculty on research and clinical program development. The master’s degree program is offered via an on-campus program. Students obtaining the MSNA degree from Florida State University are required to attend the program full-time and complete ninety-five semester hours or seven semesters.

Facilities

The Nurse Anesthesia Program is housed in the Bayside Building of the Panama City Campus. The main classroom has a tranquil view of the bay and has easy access to a landing with benches and a picnic table overlooking the beautiful water. The simulation lab, also housed within the Bayside Building, has over $100K in new equipment designed to simulate real clinical procedures.

The student experience is enhanced by the excellent resources available at the FSU Panama City campus. The FSU Panama City Library and Learning Center facility has 6,300 square feet overlooking the beautiful bay, including seating for 119 within a study space and a classroom. Sixty-one computer workstations and 5,200 volumes are available for student use. A full-time librarian, a qualified assistant librarian and several support staff offer a wide range of standard library services including reference services, instruction, research consultations, course reserves, interlibrary loan, and often same day service Monday through Thursday from FSU Tallahassee campus. All Panama City campus faculty and students have access to technology through the Library and Learning Center in the Holley Academic Center, computers outside the Student Affairs Offices, computer labs, and specialized academic labs. Through FSU accounts, students have internet access via wireless access points on campus.

In addition to dedicated and fully equipped classrooms on a modern campus, there are multiple approved clinical sites. One site is primary, located within a three-mile radius of the FSU Panama City campus. The remaining sites provide students the opportunity to enhance specialty training in pediatric, cardiac, obstetric, and other unique disciplines in anesthesia. All sites are contractually affiliated with FSU and permit utilization of their facilities and patient populations by the FSU nurse anesthesia graduate students to engage in clinical education within their facilities. In each facility, mutual vetting of practitioner and student occurs through formalized processes that are dependent on mutual cooperation and agreement between the facility and the University.

The program will identify a clinical coordinator at each clinical facility to coordinate student experiences within the clinical site based on individual student needs. Clinical coordinators are approved by the University and must meet the qualifications set forth by the COA.

Requirements

University Requirements

All regular requirements of the University must be met. Admission to graduate study is a two-fold evaluation process. The Office of Admissions determines eligibility for admission to the University, and the Nurse Anesthesia Admissions Committee determines admissibility to the degree program. Applicants for admission to the master’s degree program must meet the University’s minimum standard of a 3.0 upper division GPA and completion of the verbal, quantitative, and writing sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) before an application will be considered by the Program. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance for graduate study in the Program as admission is competitive. Prospective students must apply to the University and pay the University application fee before their file will be reviewed at the Program level. Applicants must submit copies of their official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended and official GRE scores from the Educational Testing Service to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Admission is for the Fall semester. There are additional requirements and procedures that are required for admission to the Program. Please see the Program Web site for full application requirements, submission dates of application materials and additional information at http://pc.fsu.edu/Academics/Graduate-Programs/Nurse-Anesthesia-Program. Final admission to the University is subject to approval by the Office of Admissions.

Program Requirements

Admission to the Florida State University Nurse Anesthesia Program is a highly competitive process and requires a face-to-face interview if invited before admission. The Program requires an individual applying for a master’s degree to hold a bachelor’s degree obtained from a United States, regionally accredited institution of higher education. A bachelor’s degree in Nursing is highly recommended but not required. Applicants from other degree areas are strongly encouraged to contact the program coordinator for more information. Applicants must also hold a current, valid, unrestricted, professional nursing license in one jurisdiction of the United States and have at least one year of recent Registered Professional Nurse (RN) experience in a critical care setting. Applicants who are accepted into the master’s degree program must have a Florida RN license by May 1st of the year of the Fall class start date.

Statement of Professional Conduct

While enrolled in the College of Applied Studies Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia graduate program, students are expected to demonstrate conduct and behavior which conforms with the Nurse Practice Act of the State of Florida, the Florida State University Student Conduct Code, Workplace Violence Guidelines, the Academic Honor Code and all other applicable rules and policies of the University. The College of Applied Studies reserves the right to refuse or discontinue the enrollment of any student whose conduct or behavior is so negative, disruptive, or destructive as to compromise the work of fellow students, the effectiveness of the faculty, and/or the ability to work positively in a collaborative environment consistent with the aforementioned policies and guidelines. Faculty members continually assess each student’s professional performance. All MSNA graduate students are evaluated continuously. Any student who, in the opinion of the faculty, fails to maintain appropriate standards, will be placed on probation or dismissed from the program after receiving written notification.

Academic Performance/Academic Honor Code

College of Applied Studies graduate students are expected to make satisfactory academic progress consistent with the University’s minimum retention standards for graduate studies. Student and faculty responsibilities for maintaining academic honesty and integrity are outlined in The Florida State University Academic Honor Code and Student Conduct Code. The Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia graduate program reserves the right to refuse or discontinue the enrollment of any student who fails to maintain the academic integrity of the program as described in these codes.

Academic Requirements

Every student will undergo a series of examinations while in the Program: verbal quizzes, reports/projects, demonstration/return demonstration, performance evaluations, discussion, written and computerized examinations, oral comprehensive examinations, Self-Evaluation Examination, and the National Certification Examination. No course for which a student receives a grade of unsatisfactory or a “B–” (2.75 quality points) or below may count toward the degree requirements of the Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia. Students in the graduate program are required to maintain a 3.0 grade point average in all MSNA coursework each semester. Failure to do so will result in the student’s placement on academic probation. During the semester in which the student is on academic probation she/he is expected to improve the MSNA GPA to a 3.0 or greater. The inability to meet this expectation will require the student to be dismissed from the program. Graduate education, and Nurse Anesthesia education in particular, is a major undertaking: academically, professionally, emotionally, and financially. Classroom, clinical time and study time average around sixty hours per week. As such, this is a full time graduate program and outside employment is not realistic and not consistent with the demands and expectations of such a program. Applicants are strongly encouraged to research all aspects of this undertaking carefully.

Reinstatement

In order to be reinstated into the MSNA graduate program after having been dismissed for academic reasons, the student is required to submit a written request for consideration of reinstatement to the graduate program director and provide written justification for reinstatement to the MSNA Appeals Committee. Upon reinstatement, the student will be expected to successfully complete a prescribed plan of study in his/her first semester while achieving a semester GPA of 3.0 or greater.

Definition of Prefix

NGR—Nursing

Graduate Courses

NGR 6002. Advanced Health Assessment (1). Prerequisite: Admission to the nurse anesthesia program. This course includes the history, physical, and psychological assessment of signs and symptoms, pathophysiologic changes, and psychosocial variations of a patient as they relate to preoperative assessment, intraoperative management and postoperative management of patients receiving anesthesia. The course provides students with the cognitive and psychomotor skills necessary to perform advanced health assessment for patients undergoing anesthesia.

NGR 6400. Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Physics (3). Prerequisites: Admission to the nurse anesthesia program and undergraduate coursework in chemistry, biochemistry, or physics. This course investigates the concepts and principles of chemistry, biochemistry and physics that are fundamental to anesthesia practice, medical equipment and operating room safety.

NGR 6404. Anatomy, Physiology/Pathophysiology I (3). Prerequisites: Admission to the nurse anesthesia program and undergraduate course work in anatomy and physiology/pathophysiology. This course presents, analyzes/evaluates anatomy, physiology/pathophysiology of the respiratory and renal systems. The course also examines fluid and electrolyte balance, abnormalities and management in the acute and chronically ill patient.

NGR 6405. Anatomy, Physiology/Pathophysiology II (3). Prerequisite: NGR 6404. This course presents, analyzes/evaluates anatomy, physiology/pathophysiology of the cardiovascular, neurological, and hepatic systems. The course also examines acid base status, abnormalities and management in the acute and chronically ill patient.

NGR 6406. Anatomy, Physiology/Pathophysiology III (3). Prerequisite: NGR 6405. This course presents, analyzes/evaluates anatomy, physiology/pathophysiology of the cardiovascular, neurological, and hepatic systems. The course also examines acid base status, abnormalities and management in the acute and chronically ill patient.

NGR 6420. Basic Principles of Anesthesia (3). Prerequisites: Admission to the nurse anesthesia program on completion of an undergraduate nursing degree. This course presents principles relevant to the practice of anesthesia: history of anesthesia, scope of anesthetic practice, documentation, preoperative patient evaluation and preparation, anesthesia technique, airway assessment and management, anesthesia delivery systems, positioning of the patient for anesthesia and surgery, effects of coexisting disease on anesthetic administration, physiologic response to anesthesia, intraoperative anesthetic management, anesthesia administration in locations outside the operating room, postoperative patient complications, postoperative patient management.

NGR 6424. Advanced Principles of Anesthesia (3). Prerequisite: NGR 6420. This course analyzes/evaluates principles relevant to acute care and the practice of anesthesia for the following specific populations: orthopedic patients, trauma patients, burn patients, ENT patients, spinal cord injury patients, patients with neuromuscular disease, chronic pain patients, patients being monitored with evoked potentials, patients undergoing organ transplant, and patients with coagulopathies. The course also explores the anesthesia techniques of neuraxial and regional anesthesia.

NGR 6431L. Anesthesia Practicum I (2). (S/U grade only). Prerequisites: Admission to nurse anesthesia program, completion of orientation with appropriate signed documentation, current medical malpractice coverage as SRNA, valid license as RN in the state of FL, and certification in BLS, ACLS, and PALS. This course allows for clinical application of principles of nurse anesthesia. Students are precepted in the perioperative clinical site. Experiences include application of skills specific to the role of nurse anesthetist. Important concepts include anatomical, physiological, pathophysiological and pharmacological principles.

NGR 6432L. Anesthesia Practicum II (6). (S/U grade only). Prerequisites: NGR 6431L, current medical malpractice coverage as a SRNA, a valid license as a registered nurse in the state of Florida, and certification in BLA, ACLS, and PALS. This course allows for clinical application of principles of nurse anesthesia. Students are precepted in the perioperative clinical site. Experiences include application of skills specific to the role of nurse anesthetist. Important concepts include anatomical, physiological, pathophysiological and pharmacological principles.

NGR 6433L. Anesthesia Practicum III (8). (S/U grade only). Prerequisites: NGR 6432L, current medical malpractice coverage as a SRNA, a valid license as a registered nurse in the state of Florida, and certification in BLS, ACLS, and PALS. This course allows for clinical application of principles of nurse anesthesia. Students are precepted in the perioperative clinical site. Experiences include application of skills specific to the role of nurse anesthetist. Important concepts include anatomical, physiological, pathophysiological and pharmacological principles.

NGR 6434L. Anesthesia Practicum IV (10). (S/U grade only). Prerequisites: NGR 6433L, current medical malpractice coverage as a SRNA, a valid license as a registered nurse in the state of Florida, and certification in BLS, ACLS, and PALS. This course allows for clinical application of principles of nurse anesthesia. Students are precepted in the perioperative clinical site. Experiences include application of skills specific to the role of nurse anesthetist. Important concepts include anatomical, physiological, pathophysiological and pharmacological principles.

NGR 6435L. Anesthesia Practicum V (10). (S/U grade only). Prerequisites: NGR 6434L, current medical malpractice coverage as a SRNA, a valid license as a registered nurse in the state of Florida, and certification in BLS, ACLS, and PALS. This course allows for clinical application of principles of nurse anesthesia. Students are precepted in the perioperative clinical site. Experiences include application of skills specific to the role of nurse anesthetist. Important concepts include anatomical, physiological, pathophysiological and pharmacological principles.

NGR 6436L. Anesthesia Practicum VI (10). (S/U grade only). Prerequisites: NGR 6435L, current medical malpractice coverage as a SRNA, a valid license as a registered nurse in the state of Florida, and certification in BLS, ACLS, and PALS. This course allows for clinical application of principles of nurse anesthesia. Students are precepted in the perioperative clinical site. Experiences include application of skills specific to the role of nurse anesthetist. Important concepts include anatomical, physiological, pathophysiological and pharmacological principles.

NGR 6437L. Anesthesia Practicum VII (10). (S/U grade only). Prerequisites: NGR 6436L, current medical malpractice coverage as a SRNA, a valid license as a registered nurse in the state of Florida, and certification in BLS, ACLS, and PALS. This course allows for clinical application of principles of nurse anesthesia. Students are precepted in the perioperative clinical site. Experiences include application of skills specific to the role of nurse anesthetist. Important concepts include anatomical, physiological, pathophysiological and pharmacological principles.

NGR 6460. Pharmacology of Anesthesia I (3). Prerequisites: Admission to the nurse anesthesia program and completion of an undergraduate pharmacology course. This course presents, analyzes/evaluates general principles of drug action, signs and stages of anesthesia, uptake and distribution of inhalation agents, and pharmacology of specific drug classes: inhalation agents, anesthesia induction drugs, opiate agonists/ antagonists, and non-narcotic agents.

NGR 6461. Pharmacology of Anesthesia II (3). Prerequisite: NGR 6460. This course presents, analyzes/evaluates pharmacology of specific drug classes: neuromuscular blocking drugs, local anesthetics, autonomic drugs, and cardiovascular drugs.

NGR 6491. Nurse Anesthesia Practice Comprehensive I (1). Prerequisite: Successful standing in the nursing anesthesia program at the end of semester four. This course is designed to measure the knowledge base and clinical competency of the nurse anesthesia student.

NGR 6492. Professional Aspects of Nurse Anesthesia (3). Prerequisite: Satisfactory academic standing within the nurse anesthesia program after semesters one and two. This course analyzes and evaluates the nurse anesthesia profession in terms of professionalism, regulation, healthcare, environment, issues, politics, and practice challenges to include by not limited to adverse outcomes in anesthesia, cultural competency, conflict management, professional issues, legality, liability, informed consent, involvement in professional associations and addiction in anesthesia providers.

NGR 6495. Nurse Anesthesia Practice Comprehensive II (1). Prerequisite: Successful standing in the nurse anesthesia program at the end of semester five. This course is designed to measure the knowledge base and clinical competency of the nurse anesthesia student.

NGR 6496. Nurse Anesthesia Practice Comprehensive III (2). Prerequisite: Successful standing in the nurse anesthesia program at the end of semester six. This course is designed to measure the knowledge base and clinical competency of the nurse anesthesia student.

NGR 6803. Research and Evidence-Based Practice I (1). Prerequisite: Satisfactory academic standing within the nurse anesthesia program after semester three. This course prepares advanced practice nurse anesthetists who are proficient in ethical utilization and clinical application of research including problem identification and evaluation to provide high quality care and improve practice.

NGR 6809. Research and Evidence-Based Practice II (1). Prerequisite: NGR 6803. This course prepares advanced practice nurse anesthetists who are proficient in ethical utilization and clinical application of research including problem identification and evaluation to provide high quality care and improve practice.

NGR 6929Cr. Clinical Correlation Conference (1). Prerequisites: Admission to the nurse anesthesia program and successful completion of each Clinical Correlation Conference course in the series. This course provides the opportunity for analysis and evaluation of current anesthesia literature through student presentations and discussion and anesthesia related guest lectures. May be repeated to a maximum of five semester hours.