How are “clinical hours” defined?

Clinical hours are defined in the Glossary of the 2004 Standards and PDS. Clinical hours include time spent in the actual administration of anesthesia (i.e., anesthesia time) and other time spent in the clinical area. Examples of other clinical time would include in-house call, preanesthesia assessment, postanesthetic assessment, patient preparation, operating room preparation, and time […]

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How do students obtain clinical experiences outside the regular clinical schedule to meet the call experience requirement?

Standard III, Criterion C19 (2004 Standards) and Standard E.10 (PDS) require programs to provide “opportunities for students to obtain clinical experiences outside the regular clinical schedule by a call experience or other mechanism.” Call experiences are planned clinical experiences outside the normal operating room schedules. Assigned duty on shifts falling within these hours (e.g., 3-11PM, […]

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What are some examples of nurse anesthesia students being employed as nurse anesthetists by title or function?

Standard V, Criterion E8 (2004 Standards) and Standard G.8 (PDS) require the program to forbid the employment of nurse anesthesia students as nurse anesthetists by title or function. The clinical education of nurse anesthesia students should be primarily focused to benefit the education of the students. Students’ clinical assignments should be primarily based on their […]

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