Position Statement 2: Phase 1 (PostAnesthesia Care Unit) as a Critical Care Unit

Position

The National Association of PeriAnesthesia Nurses of Canada (NAPANc) supports the position that this first phase following surgery for nursing care of the PeriAnesthesia client is a critical care unit where the PeriAnestheis nurse must meet the overall general competencies of the critical care nurse. The care of the client in the immediate postanesthesia care period includes, but is not limited to those clients who:

  • are unconscious, unstable and critically ill,
  • require ongoing assessment and evaluation, monitoring and intervention, (American Society of Anesthesiologist, 2012)
  • may have complex physiological and/or psychological requirements (Canadian Anesthesiologist Society, 2014)

 

*Please note: all courses or combination of courses must have critical care as a pre-requisite or critical care included in the course to be considered a NAPANc PeriAnesthesia approved course

 

The POST ANESTHETIC CARE CERTIFICATE COURSE is offered at the following institutions, listed by province:

 

Ontario:  

Conestoga College, Cambridge, Ontario:   www.conestogac.on.ca  Offered in 2014 at Credit Valley Hospital, Mississauga. 

 

Centennial College (Toronto, ON) Critical Care Nursing is a part-time critical care course that takes 2 years to complete. http://db2.centennialcollege.ca/ce/certdetail.php?CertificateCode=7910 

One mandatory component of the course is Post Anesthesia nursing. http://db2.centennialcollege.ca/ce/coursedetail.php?CourseCode=CECC-410 

 

Fanshaw College (London, ON) offers a specific course in Post Anesthesia Care Nursing https://www.fanshawec.ca/programs-and-courses/ce-courses/nrsg-1037-post-anaesthesia-care-nursing

 

Georgian College, (Barrie ON) Post Anesthesia nursing (36 hours) http://www.georgiancollege.ca/academics/part-time-studies/courses/post-anesthesia-nursing-hsci-0040

(This is an online course and is not NAPANc approved without critical care and a practicum!)

 

Okanagan College PeriAnesthesia Nursing Certificate https://www.okanagan.bc.ca/Programs/Areas_of_Study/cs/Certificates/Health/PeriAnesthesia_Nursing_Certificate.html 

(This is an online course and is not NAPANc approved without critical care and a practicum!)

 

The University of Toronto offers a one day PeriAnesthesia review course

 

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The CRITICAL CARE COURSE with a PACU COMPONENT is offered at the following institutions, listed by province:

 

British ColumbiaBritish Columbia Institute of Technologywww.bcit.ca (Select:  "Critical Care Nursing Specialty with a Post Anesthetic Recovery Option")

 

Nova ScotiaCapital Health, www.cdha.nshealth.ca

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The ANESTHESIA ASSISTANT program is offered at the following institutions:

 

Ontario:    The Michener Institute of Technology, Toronto, Ontario    http://www.michener.ca/ce/postdiploma/anesth_asst.ph

Fanshawe College, London, Ontario    https://www.fanshawec.ca/programs-and-courses/program/ana2-anesthesia-assistant/next-year

https://www.fanshawec.ca/ana2-anesthesia-assistant

 

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The NURSE PRACTITIONER OF ANESTHESIA program is offered at the following institution:

 

Ontario:   The University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario (St. George Campus only)    http://bloomberg.nursing.utoronto.ca/site3.aspx 

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