The Master of Science, Nurse Anesthesia program in Fresno, CA will undergo its final accreditation review on October 19th and 20th. A mock accreditation review was performed in the month of September by a private consultant, Dr. Betty Horton, CRNA, Ph.D. Dr. Horton’s mock accreditation report to the program and university administration was very positive. During her mock on-site review she also met with program faculty and administrators to discuss the process of the on-site accreditation review and answer any questions related to the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Programs (COA).
The high fidelity anesthesia simulation center has also reached completion on the Fresno campus. The simulation center models a true to life operating room suite and is outfitted with the Laerdal 3G patient simulator, anesthesia gas machine, and crisis management equipment. In addition the patient simulator is equipped with RFID technology that enables it to detect and react appropriately to medication doses and fluids that are administered by the student nurse anesthetist. There is strong evidence in the literature to prove that anesthesia students that participate in high fidelity case simulation prior to actual anesthesia delivery to patients have decreased anxiety, improved critical thinking, and well developed technical skills.