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Perianesthesia Nurse Certification – CPAN®  & CAPA®
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$299.99 USD
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Package - Video   Instructions
12 hr 5 min
Multi-disc DVD recording with electronic manual and instructions.
PESI HealthCare
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  1. Discuss the importance of critical thinking in preparing for examinations.
  2. Describe the importance of using national perianesthesia nursing standards of care to guide perianthesia nursing practice.
  3. Evaluate the pharmacodynamics/pharmacokinetics of drugs used for induction and maintenance of general anesthesia.
  4. Examine the stages of general anesthesia induction and reversal.
  5. Analyze the risks and benefits of regional anesthesia techniques.
  6. Compare the needs of special patient populations in perianethesia care.
  7. Relate the preoperative preparation process to the effects of anesthesia and surgery.
  8. Prioritize Phase I care of the post-anesthetic patient.
  9. List important discharge criteria for the Phase II post-operative patient.
  10. Identify the appropriate treatment for common post-anesthetic emergencies.
  11. Give examples of the common medications used to treat post-operative emergencies.
  12. Explore advanced monitoring techniques used in the PACU.
  • Critical Thinking & Test Taking Tips
  • ASPAN Guidelines
    • Perianesthesia Practice Recommendations
    • Ethical Practice
  • Medications for General Anesthesia
    • Sedation Drugs
    • Induction Agents
      • Hypnotics
      • Dissociative Agents
      • Alpha-2 Agonists
    • Inhalation Agents
    • Opioids
    • Neuromuscular Blocking Drugs
    • Reversal Agents
  • Stages of General Anesthesia & Reversal
    • Stage I - Anesthesia & Amnesia
    • Stage II - Delirium/Excitation
    • Stage III - Surgical Anesthesia
    • Stage IV - Overdose
    • Reversal of Anesthesia
  • Pharmacodynamics of Local Anesthetic Agents
    • Amide Agents
    • Ester Agents
    • Complications of Local Anesthetics
  • Risks & Benefits of Regional Anesthesia
    • Spinal Anesthesia
    • Epidural Anesthesia
    • Peripheral Nerve Blocks
    • IV Blocks
    • Ultrasound-Guided Nerve Blocks
  • Special Populations
    • Pediatric Patients
    • Geriatric Patients
    • Pregnant Patients
    • Obese Patients
    • Diabetic Patients
    • Asthmatic Patients
  • Perioperative Preparation Process
  • Pre-Admission Preparation
    • Effects of Timing of Surgery on PAT Process
    • Pre-Admission Testing
    • Medical, Surgical, and Anesthetic History
    • Medication Reconciliation
      • Prescription Medications
      • Herbal Preparations
      • OTC Medications
  • Preoperative Preparation
    • Physical Assessment
    • Procedural/Anesthetic Preparation
  • Phase I Care of the Post-anesthetic Patient
    • Admission Critical Elements
    • Airway Management
    • Physical Assessment
    • Standard Monitoring Techniques
    • Post-anesthetic Scoring Systems
    • Phase I Discharge Criteria
  • Phase II Care of the Postoperative Patient
    • Physical Assessment
    • Post-anesthesia Scoring
    • Control of Pain
    • Control of Nausea
    • Patient/Family Teaching
    • Transportation Concerns
    • Legal Standards
  • Post-anesthetic Emergencies
    • Hypothermia
    • Pain
    • Respiratory Complications
    • Cardiovascular Complications
    • Emergence Disorders
    • Fluid & Electrolyte Imbalances
    • Malignant Hyperthermia
  • Medications Used to Treat Emergencies
    • Oxygen
    • Cardiovascular Medications
    • Respiratory Medications
    • Sedatives
    • Anesthetic Agents
  • Advanced Monitoring in the PACU
    • Arterial Line
    • Pulmonary Artery Catheter
    • Central Venous Pressure


Nancy McGushin has been a certified postanesthesia nurse (CPAN®) since 1994. She currently serves as the Perianesthesia Nurse Educator at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, where she provides unit-based education and competency training for colleagues in the Ambulatory Surgery Unit, Preoperative Holding and Postanesthesia Phases I (PACU) settings.

Nancy worked for fourteen years in inpatient PACU settings and for nine years in preanesthesia and postanesthesia care in a free-standing ambulatory surgery center. Her nursing career also includes experience in medical-surgical and neurosurgical critical care nursing, as well as staff development and nursing management.

She is an active member of the American Society of Perianesthesia Nurses (ASPAN), a member of the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN), and an affiliate member of the Ohio Nurses Association (ONA). Disclosures:

Financial: Nancy McGushin has an employment relationship with Grand Canyon University; The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center; and Otterbein University. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Nancy McGushin is a member of the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses (ASPAN); and Association of periOperative Registered Nurses.
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Nurses/Nurse Practitioners/Clinical Nurse Specialists - Credit Expired: 3/27/2018
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Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Surgery Technicians, Surgical First Assistants