Date of Award

Fall 2023

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


Leadership and Advanced Nursing Practice

Committee Chair

Dr. Nina McLain

Committee Chair School

Leadership and Advanced Nursing Practice

Committee Member 2

Dr. Mary Jane Collins

Committee Member 2 School

Leadership and Advanced Nursing Practice


Ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia techniques are valuable tools for anesthesia providers to learn and implement in their practice. Two specific blocks that student registered nurse anesthetists (SRNAs) need to utilize are PECS-II and the Intrapec block for reconstructive breast augmentation and mastectomies. Teaching these blocks to SRNAs in the clinical setting may be difficult as they will be under higher pressure to perform since they will be practicing on live patients. Understanding this stress led to a review of the current Nurse Anesthesia Program (NAP) curriculum at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) and found a gap in the education, which an Observed Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) for the PECS-II and Intrapec block would fill.

Development of the OSCE was completed utilizing the current EBP. Upon completion, quantitative and qualitative data were obtained, and an overall evaluation survey provided participants the opportunity to evaluate the OSCE as a whole. While there was a slight reduction in quantitative scoring regarding the Intrapec Block, the qualitative and survey data suggest that the instructional material was effective and useful.