Date of Paper/Work

3-2013

Type of Paper/Work

Systems Change Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Department

Nursing

First Advisor

Matthew Byrne

Abstract

Clinical education is an essential component of nurse anesthesia education. The burden often falls on the staff Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) who may be ill-prepared for that role. The study, Role Development of the CRNA CE Utilizing an On-line Resource, was developed to determine whether an educational program can positively impact the perceived role of the clinical educator (CE), and whether on-line education is an effective mode of educational delivery. An on-line educational program was developed to improve the knowledge and satisfaction of the CRNA Clinical Educator. The educational program was available on-line as short learning modules allowing the CRNA to access them at convenient times through-out their day. A survey tool was used to measure knowledge and satisfaction scores before, immediately after, and two months following completion of the program. A second survey was utilized to measure satisfaction with the mode and content of educational delivery. The results demonstrated that an educational intervention had a positive significant impact on some aspects of the role development of the CRNA CE. The results also demonstrated that on-line education was an acceptable mode of educational delivery for the CRNA group. Supporting the role of the CRNA CE ensures quality clinical education of nurse anesthesia students, and ultimately safe, quality care for patients.

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