School of Health Professions

DNP Program Objectives


Upon successful completion of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program-Nurse Anesthesia, the graduate should be able to:

  • Conduct and document a comprehensive and systematic assessment of health and illness parameters in complex situations, incorporating diverse and culturally sensitive approaches
  • Design, implement and evaluate therapeutic interventions based on scientific knowledge and emerging approaches to nurse anesthesia practice and healthcare delivery to promote optimal outcomes
  • Demonstrate advanced levels of clinical reasoning and judgment, systems thinking, and accountability in designing, delivering and evaluating evidence-based care to improve patient outcomes
  • Develop and sustain therapeutic relationships and partnerships with patients (individual, family or group) and other professionals (eg, transdisciplinary) to facilitate optimal care and patient outcomes
  • Guide, mentor, and support other nurses to achieve excellence in nursing practice
  • Educate and guide individuals and groups through complex health and situational transitions
  • Apply ethical principles to decision making in healthcare practices and systems
  • Use conceptual and analytical skills in evaluating the links among practice, organizational, population, fiscal, and policy issues
  • Advocate for anesthesia care and healthcare-practice change through active involvement in policy development and political processes
  • Obtain and document informed consent including risks, benefits, and anesthesia alternatives
  • Evaluate the patient's physical and psychological status identifying abnormalities that will have implications on the anesthesia care plan, including evaluation of all laboratory, radiographic, and other diagnostic test data
  • Develop and execute an appropriate anesthesia care plan based on the patient's condition and the surgical/diagnostic procedure, including effective utilization of fluids and blood products
  • Select, assemble, and maintain proper equipment, anesthetic agents, and accessories in preparation for sedation, general anesthesia, and/or regional anesthetic techniques
  • Demonstrate the ability to deliver individualized, safe and effective anesthesia care based on clinically relevant scientific principles
  • Perform physiologically sound sedation, general anesthesia and/or regional techniques to patients across the lifespan compatible with patient condition and the surgical procedure in a safe, effective, and ethical fashion
  • Identify the need for insert/employ, interpret and integrate information from a variety of monitoring modalities including electrocardiography, pulse oximetry, capnography, noninvasive and invasive monitoring (e.g., arterial blood pressure, central venous pressure, pulmonary artery pressure)
  • Implement and supervise appropriate physical positioning of the patient to ensure safety for the patient and optimum working conditions for the surgical team
  • Function within appropriate legal requirements including those arising from licensing, certifying, or institutional entities
  • Exhibit expected role responsibilities, maintaining integrity and legal/ethical standards
  • Demonstrate responsibility for own actions through continuing personal and professional growth
  • Provide leadership in organizations and systems to assure quality care delivery models
  • Use information systems and technology to improve patient care and healthcare systems
  • Analyze business practices encountered in nurse anesthesia delivery systems
  • Disseminate research evidence

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