Date of Award

Fall 2019

Degree Type

Doctoral Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


Leadership and Advanced Nursing Practice

Committee Chair

Dr. Mary Jane Collins

Committee Chair School

Leadership and Advanced Nursing Practice

Committee Member 2

Dr. Nina Mclain

Committee Member 2 School

Leadership and Advanced Nursing Practice


Student Registered Nurse Anesthetists entering the clinical setting must be able to recall and apply pharmacological principles learned through Nurse Anesthesia Pharmacology classes. To ensure students are prepared to perform in high-pressure environments such as the clinical setting and in stressful situations, students must have a firm pharmacological background. To determine the most effective teaching modality for nurse anesthesia pharmacology, an extensive literature review was conducted exploring pharmacological principles, high-pressure performance, the stress of new students in clinical health professions, and adult pedagogy.

A survey was created based on the survey disseminated by The University of Southern Mississippi to the 2018 Nurse Anesthesia Program Cohort who were taught nurse anesthesia pharmacology courses utilizing a video-only format. The 2020 Nurse Anesthesia Cohort who were taught nurse anesthesia pharmacology utilizing video instruction with supplemental instruction and simulation were then surveyed. The data was collected and both surveys were analyzed for common themes and differences. From this data and an extensive literature review, a best practice recommendation was created.

The data from the surveys along with the literature review and the best practice recommendation was presented to a panel of experts. Data from the panel members was gathered anonymously using The University of Southern Mississippi’s Qualtrics website assessing the panel member’s opinions on if the suggestions would be effective in teaching nurse anesthesia pharmacology, would prepare student registered nurse anesthetists for the clinical setting, if the information was of high quality, and if the proposed recommendation would benefit the Nurse Anesthesia Program.

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