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Seminar Detail

Certification Prep for Perianesthesia Nurses
Certification Prep for Perianesthesia Nurses

Where:   OAKLAND, CA

When:  Friday, November 22, 2013 at 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

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For more information: Call (800) 844-8260
Course Description:
Specialty certification is a goal of many perianesthesia nurses. The CPAN® and CAPA® credentials validate clinical expertise and demonstrate a commitment to professional development and life-long learning. The Magnet Recognition Program® encourages certification as a reflection of nurses' commitment to attaining the highest level of professional standards. Many nurses, however, are unsure of how to study, and wonder if their current level of knowledge is sufficient to pass the examinations.

This seminar is designed to assist the perianesthesia nurse seeking certification in attaining the knowledge necessary to successfully pass the CPAN® and/or CAPA® examinations. Nancy McGushin will lead you through a review of key areas of study, test-taking strategies, and critical thinking processes that will enhance your ability to formulate a successful course of study and ultimately achieve your goal of becoming a certified perianesthesia nurse.
Please refer to the course brochure for continuing education information.
Learner Objectives:

  1. Describe the importance of using recognized standards of care to guide Perianesthesia nursing practice.
  2. Describe the pharmacodynamics of drugs used for induction and maintenance of general anesthesia.
  3. Examine the stages of general anesthesia induction and reversal.
  4. Discuss regional anesthesia techniques.
  5. Relate the pre-admission and preoperative preparation process to the effects of anesthesia and surgery.
  6. Describe Phase I care of the post anesthesia patient.
  7. List common post anesthetic complications.
  8. Compare the needs of special patient populations in perianesthesia care.
  9. Examine the elements of certification testing.
  10. Describe the importance of critical thinking in preparing for examinations.


Nancy McGushin has been a certified postanesthesia nurse (CPAN®) since 1994. She currently serves as the Perianesthesia Nurse Educator at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, where she provides unit-based education and competency training for colleagues in the Ambulatory Surgery Unit, Preoperative Holding and Postanesthesia Phases I (PACU) settings.

Nancy worked for fourteen years in inpatient PACU settings and for nine years in preanesthesia and postanesthesia care in a free-standing ambulatory surgery center. Her nursing career also includes experience in medical-surgical and neurosurgical critical care nursing, as well as staff development and nursing management.

She is an active member of the American Society of Perianesthesia Nurses (ASPAN), a member of the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN), and an affiliate member of the Ohio Nurses Association (ONA).


Financial: Nancy McGushin has an employment relationship with Grand Canyon University; The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center; and Otterbein University. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Nancy McGushin is a member of the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses (ASPAN); and Association of periOperative Registered Nurses.
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. After attendance has been verified, pre-registered attendees will receive an email from PESI Customer Service with the subject line, “Evaluation and Certificate” within one week. This email will contain a link to complete the seminar evaluation and allow attendees to print, email or download a certificate of completion if in full attendance. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), a letter of attendance is available through that link and an adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be issued within 30 days (if your board allows). Please see “live seminar schedule” for full attendance start and end times. NOTE: Boards do not allow credit for breaks or lunch.

If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, or questions on home study credit availability, please contact cepesi@pesi.com or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

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