What criteria must a candidate meet to serve as a director on the COA?

A candidate for directorship must meet written criteria for the specific group to be represented. Nominations are solicited from the community of interest by notices posted in the AANA NewsBulletin, AANA E-ssential and by direct communication with groups and organizations such as nurse anesthesia program administrators and the AANA Board. Candidates for the nurse anesthesia […]

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How is the composition of the COA determined?

The composition of the COA represents the publics within the nurse anesthesia community of interest. The COA follows the Accreditation Policies and Procedures for the recruitment and selection of COA directors. The policies and procedures are consistent with the U.S. Department of Education and Council for Higher Education recognition requirements for accrediting agencies. […]

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What is the composition of the COA?

The COA is composed of 13 directors including 6 CRNA educators, 2 CRNA practitioners, 1 hospital administrator, 1 nurse anesthesia student, 1 university administrator and 2 public members. The composition of the COA reflects a mix of qualified CRNA educators and CRNA practitioners that is appropriate for rendering accreditation decisions regarding nurse anesthesia educational offerings […]

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What are the COA’s clinical supervision requirements?

The clinical supervision ratio of students to instructors must be coordinated to support patient safety by taking into consideration: the student’s knowledge and ability; the physical status of the patient; the complexity of the anesthetic and/or surgical procedure; and the experience of the instructor (ref. 2004 Standards – Standard V, Criterion E13 and PDS Standard […]

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What other types of clinical opportunities are important for students to obtain in order to promote their development as competent, safe nurse anesthetists?

All accredited nurse anesthesia programs are required to develop clinical curricula that provide students with opportunities for experiences in the perioperative process that are unrestricted and promote their development as competent, safe nurse anesthetists (ref. 2004 Standards – Standard III, Criterion C17 and PDS Standard E.9). Clinical curricula are to prepare graduates for the full […]

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