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DNP Outcome Link to AACN NDP Essentials
Integrate scientific and theoretical knowledge from nursing and other disciplines to develop, identify, evaluate, and disseminate best practices to improve health care and health care systemsI, II, V, VI
Lead organizations and systems to enhance quality and safety to improve patient, population, and organizational outcomes.II, III, IV, V, VII, VIII
Employ data analytic methods, information systems and technology to evaluate, integrate, and translate evidence to improve programs of care, outcomes of care and care systems.I, II, III, IV
Lead and influence health policy to reduce health disparities, encourage cultural sensitivity and promote access to quality care while advocating for social justice and equity at the system, state, national, and international levels.I, II, IV, VI, V, VI, VII, VIII
Provide the highest level of ethical, patient-family-centered care as a scholar in nursing specialty practice.I, III, V, VI, VII, VIII


COA Outcomes

In accordance with the COA Standard D: Graduate Standards the program demonstrates that graduates have acquired knowledge, skills and competencies in patient safety, perianesthetic management, critical thinking, communication, leadership and professional role.

The graduate must demonstrate the ability to:

Patient Safety:

  • Be vigilant in the delivery of patient care.
  • Refrain from engaging in extraneous activities that abandon or minimize vigilance while providing direct patient care (e.g., texting, reading, emailing, etc.).
  • Conduct a comprehensive equipment check
  • Protect patients from iatrogenic complications


  • Provide individualized care throughout the perianesthesia continuum.
  • Deliver culturally competent perianesthesia care.
  • Provide anesthesia services to all patients across the lifespan.
  • Perform a comprehensive history and physical assessment.
  • Administer general anesthesia to patients with a variety of physical conditions.
  • Administer general anesthesia for a variety of surgical and medically related procedures.
  • Administer and manage a variety of regional anesthetics.
  • Maintain current certification in ACLS and PALS.

Critical Thinking:

  • Apply knowledge to practice in decision making and problem solving.
  • Provide nurse anesthesia services based on evidence-based principles
  • Perform a preanesthetic assessment before providing anesthesia services.
  • Assume responsibility and accountability for diagnosis.
  • Formulate an anesthesia plan of care before providing anesthesia services.
  • Identify and take appropriate action when confronted with anesthetic equipment-related malfunctions.
  • Interpret and utilize data obtained from noninvasive and invasive monitoring modalities.
  • Calculate, initiate, and manage fluid and blood component therapy.
  • Recognize, evaluate and manage the physiological responses coincident to the provision of anesthesia services.
  • Recognize and appropriately manage complications that occur during the provision of anesthesia services.
  • Use science-based theories and concepts to analyze new practice approaches.
  • Pass the national certification examination (NCE) administered by the NBCRNA.


  • Utilize interpersonal and communication skills that result in the effective exchange of information and collaboration with patients and their families.
  • Utilize interpersonal and communication skills that result in the effective interprofessional exchange of information and collaboration with other healthcare professionals.
  • Respect the dignity and privacy of patients while maintaining confidentiality in the delivery of interprofessional care.
  • Maintain comprehensive, timely, accurate and legible healthcare records.
  • Transfer the responsibility for care of the patient to other qualified providers in a manner that assures continuity of care and patient safety.
  • Teach others


  • Integrate critical and reflective thinking in his or her leadership approach.
  • Provide leadership that facilitates intraprofessional and interprofessional collaboration.

Professional Role:

  • Adhere to the Code of Ethics for the Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist.
  • Interact on a professional level with integrity.
  • Apply ethically sound decision-making processes.

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