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Nurse Anesthesia Education at UCLA

August 17th, 2010

Nurse Anesthesia Education at UCLA
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Chief CRNA, Deborah Dach, in the JSEI OR with Sean Tatsuyama, senior SRNA, USC/Keck School of Medicine Program of Nurse Anesthesia

Over the years UCLA Medical Center has welcomed many nurse anesthesia students from the Kaiser Permanente School of Anesthesia for Nurses and the University of Southern California/Keck School of Medicine Program of Nurse Anesthesia.  The UCLA Department of Anesthesiology nurse anesthesia staff and physician clinical faculty give these students a wide variety of learning experiences in our various clinical sites.

Junior nurse anesthesia students from the Kaiser program may begin the clinical portion of their anesthesia education at the Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital  site.  They receive an introduction to clinical aspects of anesthesia care under the close guidance of our excellent team of CRNA instructors and anesthesia faculty.  On-line evaluations are sent to Kaiser school leadership by a lead CRNA assigned to the student each month.  Students are evaluated on case preparation, their understanding of physiology and pharmacology, demonstration of anesthesia skills, and professional behavior.  Feedback from the school may include a director site visit in order to observe a student and provide guidance so we may help them to reach the student’s monthly clinical objectives.

Charles Griffis, CRNA, Ph.D., reviewing patient information with Scott Katsche, junior SRNA, Kaiser Permanente School of Anesthesia for Nurses
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Charles Griffis, CRNA, Ph.D., reviewing patient information with Scott Katsche, junior SRNA, Kaiser Permanente School of Nurse Anesthesia

Senior nurse anesthesia students receive an outpatient-focused training at both the UCLA Medical Plaza 200 Ambulatory Surgery Center and the Jules Stein Eye Institute surgical suite.  Our teaching focus at both sites is on patient selection, varied anesthetic plans for outpatient surgical procedures, quick case turnover, and flexibility in fast paced ambulatory surgery.  For many of these students, it is a unique emphasis on interview skills, organization and efficiency in the clinical setting.

At the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, we have invited exceptional seniors to participate in an “offsite” non-OR clinical rotation, among the wide variety of anesthetizing locations for interventional procedures. These non-OR sites, away from the central support teams, are uniquely challenging educational experiences for these highly qualified students preparing for their graduation.

Shelly Anderson, CRNA, MS, instructing Daniel Ranchez, senior SRNA, USC/Keck School of Medicine Program of Nurse Anesthesia
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Shelly Anderson, CRNA, MS, instructing Daniel Ranchez, senior SRNA, USC/Keck School of Medicine Program of Nurse Anesthesia

Both the junior and senior nurse anesthesia students who rotate to one or more of the clinical sites across the UCLA Health System, have the opportunity to learn from an outstanding group of educators in their field.  The program directors and students express much gratitude for the invaluable learning experiences here.  Graduation for the senior classes of both programs takes place annually in August.  Each year our CRNA staff present an award to a student from each school who most exemplifies a professional nurse anesthetist.  At graduation these students are given a certificate of recognition from the UCLA Department of Anesthesiology, as well as a gift certificate in appreciation for their achievements during their clinical months at UCLA.



 



Debbie Dach, CRNA, MS, Principal Nurse Anesthetist

Gena Dix, CRNA, MS, Senior Nurse Anesthetist and clinical coordinator for Kaiser students rotating to UCLA.

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