Date of Award

Fall 2023

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


Leadership and Advanced Nursing Practice

Committee Chair

Dr. Michong Rayborn

Committee Chair School

Leadership and Advanced Nursing Practice

Committee Member 2

Dr. Stephanie Parks

Committee Member 2 School

Leadership and Advanced Nursing Practice


The purpose of this doctoral project was to create a learning and evaluation tool on Transversus Abdominis Plane (TAP) blocks to be used by students in the Nurse Anesthesia program (NAP) at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM). Students can use this tool to help facilitate learning and skills in regional anesthesia techniques. An Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) for ultrasound-guided TAP blocks was created and evaluated by the USM NAP faculty and current second and third-year NAP students. Participants were provided with an OSCE template outlining the steps, educational resources, and equipment needed to perform a TAP block. The participants also received access to a video demonstrating how to perform the technique step-by-step. By having an OSCE available for the NAP students, the students will have a chance to practice performing a TAP block in a simulation setting before performing this procedure on a patient in the clinical setting.

The method used to evaluate this project was Qualtrics®, which is an online survey tool. Students and NAP faculty were asked seven questions that aided in assessing the effectiveness of this OSCE as an educational and self-evaluation tool. The survey results indicated that 100% of participants agreed that implementing this OSCE could benefit future student registered nurse anesthetists (SRNAs) that will have the opportunity to participate.