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The mission and vision for this fellowship is to teach excellent and safe nurse anesthesia care for all children and provide a supportive and structured environment where post graduate CRNA will:
Gain the skills necessary to provide comprehensive, compassionate, quality pediatric anesthesia care.
Develop skills that will sustain a lifelong commitment to learning and self-evaluation.
Adhere to the highest of ethical and professional standards.
Each CRNA fellow will be assigned a CRNA mentor. Monthly meetings and evaluations will support clinical excellence and program progression. Mentors are a source of support for the transition into practice.
To ensure a robust clinical experience the following are minimum clinical case requirements to complete the program. The goal of the case requirement is expertise with pediatric anesthesia techniques. Specific case requirements - 10 neonates, 100 children under 2 years old, 15 emergency cases, 20 advanced airway/ ENT procedures, 300 patients with an ASA score of 3 and greater, 10 fiberoptic intubations, 10 ultrasound guided vascular access, 2-month clinical rotation in the division of cardiac anesthesia.
Over the 12-month program this didactic curriculum engages the fundamentals of pediatric nurse anesthesia expertise. While clinical experiences will vary in timing, the modular self-paced curriculum supports clinical growth throughout the year. The self-paced curriculum is a robust combination of lectures, articles, selected textbook readings, and multidisciplinary shadow experiences throughout the hospital. It is designed to enhance and supplement the ongoing professional development and clinical growth which accompanies the first year of clinical practice.
Academic Career Growth
Institutional podium presentation and submission of an abstract to regional or national meeting. CRNAs who are interested will have the opportunity to participate in research or receive mentoring to initiate research inquiry.
CRNA fellows will support a QI project – ideally in a leadership role. DNP education provides CRNAs with the skill set to implement quality improvements. These skills will continue to be honed throughout the fellowship. CRNAs are encouraged to find a gap in practice which is of interest to them and support a QI initiative for improvement and publication.
Graduate of a COA CRNA accredited nurse anesthesia program, active NBCRNA certification as a CRNA, doctoral degree required (DNP, PhD, DNAP, EdD etc.), current active RN and APRN CRNA Illinois licensure.