US Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing

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Mission Statement

The mission statement of the US Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing is to produce competent clinicians for the safe practice of anesthesia nursing. The graduate nurse anesthetist will function within medically established guidelines in time of peace, and when necessary, in time of war, civil disorder, natural disaster or humanitarian mission.

The US Army has prepared top quality Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) for over 45 years and since 1983, our graduates have earned a Masters Degree through our University based affiliations. We currently produce virtually all active duty Army CRNAs and provide specialized training in field anesthesia to ensure that our graduate nurse anesthetists are qualified to deploy in time of war, civil disorder, natural disaster or for humanitarian missions.

Program Accomplishments

Through the US Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing, students are instructed in a manner than encourages independent thought and critical decision-making during times of great stress, both physical and emotional. As the sole providers of anesthesia under many circumstances in the Army, nurse anesthetists have to rely on their skills and training, in consultation with the surgeons, to save soliders' lives.

Succesful completion of this program results in a Master of Science in Nursing degree (MSN) in Nurse Anesthesia from the Northeastern University, Boston, MA and qualification to write the Certification Examination for Nurse Anesthetists.

The Practice

Nurse anesthetists were the first professional group to provide anesthesia services in the United States and are the oldest recognized group of advanced practice registered nursing specialists. Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) are anesthesia professionals and administer 27 million anesthetics each year in the United States. CRNAs are the sole anesthesia providers in nearly 100% of rural American hospitals in some states. CRNAs work in a variety of practice settings including hospital employment, group practice, and independent contractors and in a military setting. CRNAs administer all types of anesthetics for surgical and obstetrical procedures in hospitals, clinics and offices. Anesthesia care is not only provided during surgery, but the CRNA cares for each patient individually prior to surgery and throughout the immediate postoperative period. In addition to perioperative care, CRNAs administer regional blocks for the management of acute and chronic pain. Army CRNA’s are experts in the provision of military unique field anesthesia in the austere environment. According to the Board of Registered Nursing, "the CRNA as a licensed independent practitioner, is responsible for selecting and administering the anesthetic agent, monitoring the patient's response, and selecting and administering drugs required to maintain the patient's stability during the perioperative period."

The Location

The US Army, Phase II, Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing at William Beaumont Medical Center, is located in the sunny city of El Paso, Texas. The beautiful Franklin Mountains form the backdrop of the Paseo Del Norte and the town is bordered by the famous Rio Grande. The city’s spectacular sunrises and sunsets are a great source of delight for both residents and visitors. The weather and the low cost of living are major attractions for new residents and businesses. The area provides quick access to the mountains and towns of New Mexico. The city of El Paso was ranked as the 6th safest city in the US, which makes it a great place to live and raise children.