For the first time, the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs, in Park Ridge, Ill., has accredited a post-graduate fellowship for nurse anesthetists, making Hamline (Minn.) Universitys Post-Graduate Advanced Pain Management Fellowship a part of nurse anesthesia educational history, according to a news release.
The COA is the accrediting agency for nurse anesthesia educational programs in the U.S. and its territories.
This is a defining moment in accreditation history for our profession, COA Chairwoman Kay Sanders, CRNA, DNP, said in the release. It provides new opportunities for advanced learning in a variety of areas for certified registered nurse anesthetists.
In January 2014, the COA established Standards for Accreditation of Post-Graduate CRNA Fellowships. These fellowships will provide educational opportunities for CRNAs to advance their profession. The standards support the accreditation of fellowship offerings in areas of specialty practice such as pediatrics, obstetrics and pain management, and in nonclinical concentrations such as leadership or government affairs.
The advanced pain management program at Hamline, which is a post-graduate certificate program created in collaboration with the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, gives CRNAs a higher level of pain-management skills. The program is designed to be completed in four semesters.
Accreditation of Hamlines advanced pain management program further distinguishes the curriculum as both rigorous and offering a higher level of pain-management knowledge, Hamline University administrator Keith Barnhill, CRNA, PhD, ARNP, said in the release.
Didactic and clinical components are required to complete the program for CRNAs. The didactic content includes theoretical foundation of pain imaging and radiation safety, assessment, diagnosis and referral; pharmacology, interventional pain practice, spiritual aspects of health and illness; and various non-allopathic aspects related to pain.
The curriculum will include rotation through clinical sites and provide a mentoring relationship between well-experienced pain practitioners and students seeking to expand their knowledge of pain management, according to the release.