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WCNA 2022 Topic list learning objective


1.      Education and competence of nurse anaesthetists

Being a nurse in anaesthesia is a job that requires a lot of concentration and readiness to react in acute situations. The competencies of nurses in anaesthesia have increased compared to the past, which has been contributed to by continuing education.

Learning Objective:

  1. Define keypoints for nurse anestethists education in the past
  2. Explain the possible educational methods for younger colleagues
  3. Identify the current problems in nurse anestethists everyday work
  4. Analyze constructive ways to communicate with the team about nurse’s competences

2.    Nursing and research

Research helps nurses determine effective best practices and improve patient care.Nurses need research because it helps them advance their field, stay updated and offer better patient care. Information literacy skills can help nurses use information more effectively to develop their own conclusions.

Learning Objective:

  1. Explain the importance of scientific and research work in nursing
  2. Define steps in writing scientific paper in nursing
  3. Describe in which way nursing research changes everyday practice
  4. Explain the importance of using nursing research papers in education of young colleagues
  5. Identify approaches to nursing students to encourage them for research in nursing


3.    Anaesthesia equipment and technology

People undergoing anaesthesia must be carefully monitored, because medicines given to the patients affect the central nervous system, cardiovascular system, and respiratory system Anesthesia suppresses many of the body’s normal automatic functions and reflexes

Learning Objective:

  1. Explain how anesthesia reflects on patients (vital signs, body functions, heamodynamics etc.)
  2. Describe commonly used used instruments for monitoring patients during anesthesia
  3. Identify keypoints during induction of anesthesia and nurse’s interventions
  4. Define nurse’s role in preparation of equipment and materials for patients undergoing anesthesia

4.    Strategies in pain management

Effective pain control improves the individual’s state of mind and ability to move through the healing process. Some of strategies used in pain management are pain medicines, physical therapy, psychological therapy, mind and body techniques, community support groups.

Learning Objective:

  1. Recognize the pain in patient
  2. Explain how medicines work for each type of pain
  3. Explain pain pathway
  4. Describe nurse’s intervention in applying of specific medicine
  5. Identify approach to patients in pain management education

5.    Recovery room – preoperative and postoperative care

The period before a surgical procedure is called the pre-operative period, and the period after surgery is called the post-operative period. Patients must be prepared for both because surgery itself and the period of time after an operation can be stressful.

Learning Objective:

  1. Describe nurse’s role in preoperative care
  2. Identify possible risks for patients undergoing anaesthesia
  3. Analyze the importance of using surgical check-list
  4. Explain patient education in preoperative and postoperative treatment
  5. Define nurse’s role in preparation of equipment and materials for patients undergoing anesthesia
  6. Identify keypoint for establishing nurse-patient trust relationship

6.    Quality as guarantee of success

Health care quality and patient safety are deeply connected. Health care quality is a broad term that encompasses many aspects of patient care. Quality health care is care that is safe, effective, patient – centered, timely, efficient, and equitable. Providing quality health care guarantees success to health professionals and institutions.

Learning Objective:

  1. Explain affection of providing quality health care on professionals and institutions
  2. Define nurse’s role in providing quality health care for patients
  3. Identify ways of promotion of the healthcare in hospital settings
  4. Analyze benefits of provided patient – centered care
  5. Describe interventions for effective patient care

7.    Organization and leadership skills

Organizational leadership is a management approach in which leaders help set strategic goals for the organization while motivating individuals within the group to successfully carry out assignments in service to those goals.

Learning Objective:

  1. Define essential leadership skills and practices
  2. Analyze benefits of motivated employees
  3. Describe ways of dealing with crisis situations and its outcomes
  4. Identify problems and solutions for unsatisfied employees
  5. Propose team buildings

8.    Nurse anesthetists specialization programs

Certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) are advanced practice registered nurses who specialize in administering anesthesia and other pain management medications to patients in a number of medical situations, including surgery, labor and delivery, trauma stabilization and treatment, podiatry, dentistry, and palliative care.

Learning Objective:

  1. Identify CRNA nurses role in daily anesthesia
  2. Analyze competences of nurse anesthetists after graduating from specialization programs
  3. Define differences in nurse anesthetists specialization programs between USA and Europe
  4. Compare competences of nurses after given to nurses with bachelor’s degree and those after graduation from specialization programs

9.    Challenges of anaesthesia

General anesthetics bring about a reversible loss of consciousness and analgesia in order for surgeons to operate on a patient. Their use is commonplace, but how they produce their effect is still not fully understood. According to the ISSPA-recommended standards, the most significant risk factors regarding anesthesia safety are the insufficient training of anesthesiologists, the lack of monitoring equipment, and the lack of emergency medications.

Learning Objective:

  1. Describe stressors and their triggers in medical professionals working in anaesthesia
  2. Explain nurses role in preoperative and postoperative patient treatment
  3. Identify general anesthesia outcomes and further patient care


10.   Nurse anaesthesia practice

CRNAs practice in hospitals, nonoperating room anesthetizing areas, ambulatory surgical centers, and office-based settings. They provide all types of anaesthesia-related care for surgical, diagnostic, and therapeutic procedures.

  1. Describe competences of nurse anaesthetists for pain management
  2. Identify CRNAs role and legal competences in administrating medicines
  3. Define nurses documentation for patients undergoing anaesthesia used in everyday work


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