Clinical Tools Used for Evaluation of Competency Levels and Expectations of Student Registered Nurse Anesthetists by Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists & the Anesthesia Care Team Members
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Student Registered Nurse Anesthetist (SRNA) evaluations are an important component of clinical competency and requirements set by the Council on Accreditation (COA). A literature search clearly identified a lack in the development and use of a standardized universal clinical evaluation tool for anesthesia programs throughout the country. The purpose of this study was to survey clinical preceptors on their views of the current Daily Progress Report Evaluation Tool (DPRET) used to assess SRNA clinical competency based on where they are in the anesthesia program, and identify whether improving the clinical evaluation tool by including a completed didactical breakdown would lead to increased preceptor ability to assess SRNA competency levels based on the semester they are in the anesthesia program and increase preceptor understanding of what material is covered in each semester in accordance to each course number listed on the DPRET leading to an improved didactical transference into the clinical setting. Patricia Benner’s Novice to Expert Theory served as the theoretical framework for this project. A quantitative methods quasi experimental design utilizing a 4-part question survey was used for this project. Survey responses were assessed by grouping variables and analyzing them using a Pearson’s Chi Square (X²) test. Additional, analyses looked at open ended responses for additional participant clarification & explanation. A future implication of this project is the use of a revised tool assessing student didactical transference ability while identifying areas of needed reinforcement and improvement.