DNAP Year 3 Course Descriptions

Allegheny School of Anesthesia Courses

GPNA 809 Clinical Practicum VI - 0 credits

Clinical practicums I-VIII facilitate the SRNA's incorporation of evidence-based theory into clinical anesthesia practice. Students will be required to design patient-specific care plans addressing pre-anesthetic preparation, intra-anesthetic management and postoperative evaluation of patients undergoing a variety of surgical procedures. While in the clinical area, SRNAs will be supervised and evaluated by CRNAs and/or anesthesiologists with staff privileges based on specific criteria outlined in the clinical evaluation tool. SRNAs will be required to record their clinical time and case types in order to fulfill the mandatory clinical requirements established by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.

GPNA 810 Clinical Practicum VII - 0 credits

Clinical practicums I-VIII facilitate the SRNA's incorporation of evidence-based theory into clinical anesthesia practice. Students will be required to design patient-specific care plans addressing pre-anesthetic preparation, intra-anesthetic management and postoperative evaluation of patients undergoing a variety of surgical procedures. While in the clinical area, SRNAs will be supervised and evaluated by CRNAs and/or anesthesiologists with staff privileges based on specific criteria outlined in the clinical evaluation tool. SRNAs will be required to record their clinical time and case types in order to fulfill the mandatory clinical requirements established by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs..

GPNA 811 Clinical Practicum VIII - 0 credits

Clinical practicums I-VIII facilitate the SRNA's incorporation of evidence-based theory into clinical anesthesia practice. Students will be required to design patient-specific care plans addressing pre-anesthetic preparation, intra-anesthetic management and postoperative evaluation of patients undergoing a variety of surgical procedures. While in the clinical area, SRNAs will be supervised and evaluated by CRNAs and/or anesthesiologists with staff privileges based on specific criteria outlined in the clinical evaluation tool. SRNAs will be required to record their clinical time and case types in order to fulfill the mandatory clinical requirements established by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.

GPNA 814 Advanced Principles of Anesthesia III - 3 credits

This course examines multiple topics which include hemostasis, coagulopathies, endocrine anatomy, and physiology including pathophysiology, extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. In addition, legal aspects of anesthesia practice will be addressed. Student-led conferences will be incorporated throughout this course based on evidence-based guidelines on topics chosen by the student. These topics vary dependent on student interest. Pre-requisites: Completion of GPNA 813.

GPNA 815 Seminar in Specialty Anesthesia Practice - 2 credits

This course will engage the student's basic anesthesia knowledge to create and apply critical thinking skills during the medical and anesthetic management of patients for a variety of surgical procedures. Guest speakers will present various aspects of advanced anesthesia theory for specific comorbidities and surgical interventions. Pre-requisites: Completion of GPNS 966.

School of Nursing Courses

GPNS 956 Nursing Informatics & Data Management - 3 credits

This course prepares advanced practice nurses in clinical practice and leadership roles as part of interdisciplinary teams that will lead the selection, implementation and optimization of health information systems that support the delivery and maintenance of quality nursing and inter-professional health care, including patient access to essential health information. The course will examine approaches to data management and analytics that are used to evaluate and improve patient care and safety, health care delivery, care management and population health initiatives. The course will explore health information technology innovations and enhancements that support the provision of health care services and clinical practice throughout communities including clinical decision support, data repositories, health information exchanges, telehealth and mobile health and continuum of care management, and patient engagement.

GPNS 958 Evidence-Based Practice II - 3 credits

This course builds on the foundational principles of evidence-based practice to enhance understanding and practice of quality care, evidence-based nursing and translational research at an advanced level. The DNP student will learn to contribute to the expansion of knowledge underlying advanced professional nursing practice through the translation of research into practice. Students will develop and refine competencies and skills in translating nursing research. Student's enhanced understanding and proficiency in translating evidence will guide them to transform the evidence-based approaches used in practice. Human subjects' research will be discussed. Finally, dissemination of clinical practice scholarship will be examined as a critical element of DNP practice. Pre-requisites: Completion of GPNS 957.

GPNS 964 Anesthesia Role Preparation I - 1 credit

This course will focus on the synthesis of role theory and the transition of the student into advanced practice. Federal legislations, professional issues, models of health care delivery and practice in the evolving health care environment will be discussed. Quality improvement and safety within Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) practice will be explored. An overview of the Consensus Model and advance practice nursing roles will be provided as well as intra and inter-professional collaboration. A general review of foundational core science concepts will be integrated. Test-taking strategies, management of test anxiety, and other test preparation activities will be reviewed in preparation for the National Certification Exam (NCE). Concepts of the Synergy Model that address patient resiliency, vulnerability and stability will be incorporated throughout the course. Pre-requisites: Completion of GPNS 813.

GPNS 965 Anesthesia Role Preparation II - 2 credits

This course will focus on the synthesis of role theory and preparing for transition to APRN practice. Liability malpractice, and professional issues in the evolving health care environment will be discussed. Health care reform models of reimbursement related to practice performance measures will be explored. Quality improvement strategies and tools will be discussed within the context of APRN practice. A general review of advanced core science concepts will be integrated. Preparation for the National Certification Exam (NCE) will be discussed, along with exam strategies, and systematic exposure to exam questions. Licensure and responsibilities at the state level will be addressed. Concepts of the Synergy Model that address patient resiliency, vulnerability, and stability will be incorporated throughout the course. Pre-requisites: Completion of GPNS 964.

GPNS 966 Anesthesia Role Preparation III - 2 credits

This course will focus on the synthesis of role theory and preparing for transitioning to APRN practice. Liability, malpractice and professional issues in the evolving health care environment will be discussed. Health care reform models of reimbursement related to practice performance measures will be explored. Quality improvement strategies and tools will be discussed within the context of APRN practice. A general review of advanced core science concepts will be integrated. Preparation for the National Certification Exam (NCE) will be discussed, along with exam strategies and systematic exposure to exam questions. Licensure and responsibilities at the state level will be addressed. Concepts of the Synergy Model that address patient resiliency, vulnerability and stability will be incorporated throughout the course. Pre-requisites: Completion of GPNS 965.

GPNS 967 DNAP Practicum I - 4 credits

This course initiates the DNAP Leadership Residency which is a key component of the DNAP program. The residency establishes practicum experiences for the DNAP student within an organization or community to complete their DNAP Project. The student participates in meaningful engagement with experts from nursing and interdisciplinary teams, with their Faculty Mentor and Residency Preceptor providing guidance and support. This experience provides each DNAP student the opportunity to engage with leadership and/or clinical staff as they design and implement initiatives which are designed to improve outcomes of care. Working with their Faculty Mentor and Residency Preceptor, the SRNA manages project implementation and response to the change process being initiated, including ethical or legal concerns. Students work within the organization to advocate and educate leaders and staff regarding the identified health or health care organization concern. Students implement the data collection and management plan through collaboration and communication with organizational support. Pre-requisites: Completion of GPNS 958.

GPNS 968 DNAP Practicum II - 4 credits

This course continues the DNAP Leadership Residency as the student works within an organization or community to complete their DNAP Project. The student participates in meaningful engagement with nursing and interdisciplinary experts within an organizational setting, with their Faculty Mentor and Residency Preceptor's guidance and support. This experience provides each DNAP student with comprehensive leadership and/or clinical experience designed to meet their professional leadership and/or practice goals. Students also explore their achievement of each of the AACN Essentials and reflect on their impact on their professional role. Students complete the requirements for graduation including: DNAP Competency Tracking Form; successful completion of the DNAP Residency hours; DNAP Portfolio; DNAP Project; and DNAP Manuscript. Pre-requisites: Completion of GPNS 967.