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Perianesthesia Nurse Certification Review Course

Program Information


  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

Target Audience

Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Nurse Specialists

Copyright : 06/14/2018