Nurse Anesthesia

Offices: 4601-4606 CPHS
Program Director: Prudentia A. Worth; 313-993-7168;

Assistant Program Director
Mary Walczyk; 4601 CPHS; 313-577-7689;

The practice of anesthesia is the process used to render a patient insensible to pain and emotional stress during surgical, obstetrical, or some diagnostic procedures. Nurse anesthesia is an expanded role which implements both nursing and medical functions to a wide patient population for surgical and procedural interventions. The required education builds upon previous nursing experiences by incorporating rigorous scientific knowledge, and applied clinical practices which include general, regional, and local anesthetics, and advanced technology in the delivery of quality and safe anesthesia. The practice of nurse anesthesia includes but is not limited to: pre- and post-operative assessment, planning, implementing, and managing total and safe anesthesia care to all patients regardless of age level and/or the acuity of circumstance. The nurse anesthetist works with a team of health care providers and in collaboration with anesthesiologist or other fully-privileged physicians or dentists. Nurse anesthetists are also members on the trauma and cardiopulmonary resuscitation teams as airway experts to secure and manage difficult airway related problems which may occur in various clinical settings.

Accreditation: The program is fully accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs. Projected future for the program is to transition to a Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice.