Date of Award

Fall 2022

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


Leadership and Advanced Nursing Practice

Committee Chair

Dr. Stephanie Parks

Committee Chair School

Leadership and Advanced Nursing Practice

Committee Member 2

Dr. Mary Collins

Committee Member 2 School

Leadership and Advanced Nursing Practice


The purpose of this doctoral project was to create a tool to teach student registered nurse anesthetists (SRNAs) in The University of Sothern Mississippi’s (USM’s) anesthesia program about pressure control and volume control ventilator modes, and how to use them. To accomplish this goal an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) was developed. The framework used for creating this OSCE was Kolb's Theory. Kolb's Theory uses a four-stage learning cycle in which the learner encounters a new experience, reflects on the observations of said new experience, conceptualizes or modifies a concept based on this experience, and then applies their idea to the world around them (Kurt, 2020).

Kolb’s Theory was applied to this doctoral project by the learner first encountering and reflecting on the topics of pressure control and volume control modes of ventilation in didactic teaching and assigned readings. After being introduced to the material, the student could reflect on how they might use the two modes in a practice setting. The learner was then provided with a scenario to practice what was learned in a controlled environment. Lastly, the student could reflect on their performance and repeat the process as many times as needed for mastery of the concept.

A template that laid out the material that needed to be reviewed before completing the OSCE and provided a guide to evaluate the student’s performance was created. A video that reviewed the two modes and provided a scenario for practice was also produced. A survey was sent out to a group of peers to evaluate the effectiveness of the OSCE, and all participants agreed that the OSCE was beneficial to learning about and practicing the use of volume control and pressure control ventilator modes.