Kristina Milosevski, CRNA (right), discusses case management of a craniotomy for a frontal lobe tumor under the guidance of Phil Kleinschmidt, CRNA. Milosevski was a student at Michigan State University College of Nursing (MSU), Nurse Anesthesia Program, Lansing, Michigan when the photo was taken. Kleinschmidt is a member of the Sparrow Hospital anesthesia department and a preceptor for MSU students at Sparrow Hospital, Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Henry Talley, CRNA, PhD)
What to Consider Before Beginning Graduate Education: A Pilot StudyThe literature supports a general theme that college students lack metacognitive awareness about learning. This pilot study focused on a specific subset of learners: graduate students in a nurse anesthesia program. The study goals were to provide students with evidence-based information about wellness factors that influence learning. Additionally, the study provided the framework for future research.
Process Improvement: Addressing Attrition from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Nurse Anesthesia ProgramThis study examined the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Registered Nurse Anesthesia program to identify reasons for high attrition rates. This investigation indicated students who completed the program were younger, earned higher GPAs while completing their undergraduate bachelor of science in nursing, and achieved higher analytic and total GRE scores than did students who withdrew
or were dismissed. Based on these findings, a number of important changes were made in the admission process to the USUHS RNA program.
Keywords: Academic progression, attrition, military health system, process improvement, registered nurse anesthesia program.
Version: 2015;83(5):351-356.Authors: LTC John Tyler Wilson, CRNA, PhD, ANC, USA,
Susanne W. Gibbons, PhD, C-ANP, C-GNP,
CDR Kenneth Wofford, CRNA, PhD, USN
AANA Journal Course: Update for Nurse Anesthetists—Part 4—Ultrasound-Guided Ankle Blocks: A Review of Current PracticesAnkle blocks are routinely indicated for surgical anesthesia and postoperative analgesia of procedures involving the foot. Traditionally, ankle blocks have been performed by relying on landmark identification of nerves. The literature regarding the performance and efficacy of ankle blocks is inconsistent. This can be attributed to several variables, such as provider technique, differences in patient populations,
and the type and volume of local anesthetics administered. This article provides a clarifying review of current practices.