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Perianesthesia Nurse Certification – CPAN®  & CAPA®
$3,000.00 USD
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Institutional - License - 1 Year   Instructions
PESI HealthCare
CE Available:
Yes, See CE credit tab for complete continuing education details
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  1. Consider the importance of critical thinking in preparing for examinations.
  2. Suggest the importance of using national perianesthesia nursing standards of care to guide perianesthesia nursing practice.
  3. Evaluate the pharmacodynamics/pharmacokinetics of drugs used for induction and maintenance of general anesthesia.
  4. Prepare for the stages of general anesthesia induction and reversal.
  5. Analyze the risks and benefits of regional anesthesia techniques.
  6. Assess the needs of special patient populations in perianesthesia care.
  7. Characterize the preoperative preparation process to the effects of anesthesia and surgery.
  8. Prioritize Phase I care of the post-anesthetic patient.
  9. Measure important discharge criteria for the Phase II post-operative patient.
  10. Select the appropriate treatment for common post-anesthetic emergencies.
  11. Administer the common medications used to treat post-operative emergencies.
  12. Incorporate 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.
Continuing Education Credits
For U.S. and Canadian customers, CE is available for $9.99 USD per program. International CE rates may vary; please contact our Customer Service at 1-800-844-8260 for more details.

Listed below are the continuing education credit(s) currently available for this non-interactive self-study package. Please note, your state licensing board dictates whether self-study is an acceptable form of continuing education. Please refer to your state rules and regulations. This self-study package may include multiple product formats. To receive full credit, please submit the CE test for each format that has self-study materials included. To access these documents, play disc #1 in your computer.

Certificates of Successful Completion will be emailed, faxed or mailed to participants completing the post-test(s)/evaluation(s) and paying the CE fee(s).

**Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

The planning committee and staff who controlled the content of this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. For speaker disclosures, please see speaker bios.

Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists - Credit Available Until: 6/14/2021
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PESI, Inc. is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Nurses completing these self-study materials will earn 12.6 contact hours. Expires: 6/14/2021.

California Nurses: PESI, Inc. is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #:17118 for 12.5 self-study contact hours.

You will need to provide your license number to PESI. PESI must have this number on file in order for your hours to be valid.

Florida Nurses:
PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Florida Board of Nursing. Provider #: FBN2858. These materials qualify for 12.5 self-study contact hours.

Iowa Nurses: PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Iowa Board of Nursing. Provider #: 346. Nurses successfully completing these self-study materials will earn 12.6 self-study contact hours.

Copies of the evaluation may be sent to the IBON. You will need to provide your license number to PESI. PESI must have this number on file in order for your hours to be valid.

Other Professions
This self-study activity qualifies for 12.5 clock hours of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Retain your certificate of completion and contact your board or organization for specific filing requirements.

Disclaimer: **Information obtained in this course should be used within your scope of practice.
**It is your ethical responsibility to report accurate hours to your licensing board.
**All self-study participants must complete and pass (80% or better) a post-test/evaluation prior to receiving a certificate of completion. If you require a copy of the test/evaluation for CE purposes, please print at the time you take the test. Or you may call our customer service department and a copy of your test/evaluation will be emailed to you. Please allow 30-45 days.

Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Nurse Specialists