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Perianesthesia Nurse Certification Review Course

Nancy McGushin, MSN, RN, CNL, CPAN
12 Hours 44 Minutes
Jun 14, 2018
PESI, Inc.
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Specialty certification is a goal of many perianesthesia nurses. The CPAN® and CAPA® credentials validate clinical expertise and demonstrate a commitment to professional development and life-long learning. Many nurses, however, are unsure of how to study, and wonder if their current level of knowledge is sufficient to pass the examinations.

This seminar is designed to assist the perianesthesia nurse seeking certification in attaining the knowledge necessary to successfully pass the CPAN® and/or CAPA® examinations. Nancy McGushin, MSN, RN, CNL, CPAN, will lead you through a review of key areas of study, test-taking strategies, and critical thinking processes that will enhance your ability to formulate a successful course of study and ultimately achieve your goal of becoming a certified perianesthesia nurse.


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NOTE: Tuition includes one free CE Certificate. This online course may include multiple product formats. To receive full credit, please submit the CE test for each format that has self-study materials included. Participant will be able to print the certificate of completion after completing and passing each on-line post-test evaluation. 

Continuing Education Information: 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. If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, please contact or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of your profession.  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 profession's standards.

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.

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.

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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. Please email with your license number, include the title, speaker name and date. 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 continuing education clock hours as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your activity advertisement and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.



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Nancy McGushin, MSN, RN, CNL, CPAN, 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.

Nancy is dedicated to providing perianesthesia nurses with the knowledge they need to safely care for their patients. 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).

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Nancy McGushin is receiving a fee for speaking at today's educational activity.
Nonfinancial: Nancy McGushin has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

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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

Target Audience

Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Nurse Specialists



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