Course Description Post Anesthesia & Ambulatory Perianesthesia Certification Review Course

This 2-day review course can be used for nurses preparing to take the CPAN, CAPA certification exam or for those who would like to have a comprehensive review of periansethesia nursing. The course builds upon nursing workforce’s existing knowledge and experience in perioperative environments helping them learn the strategies necessary to successfully pass the CPAN or CAPA certification exams.



At the end of the activity, participants will be able to:

  • Describe techniques for preparing for a perianesthesia/postanesthesia certification exam.
  • Relate the surgical pathophysiological basis of various disease states to the nursing assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation necessary.
  • Identify outcome criteria and evaluation criteria used by nurses to determine effectiveness of nursing care of various perianesthesia/postanesthesia patients
  • Outline the legal, ethical and professional responsibilities inherent in being a perianesthesia/postanesthesia nurse caring for a variety of perioperative patients.


Course Topics

Topics covered include:

  • Exam Info & Test Taking Strategies
  • Fluid & Electrolyte Balance
  • Anesthesia Process/Agents Conscious Sedation
  • Perianesthesia Standards
  • Respiratory: acid-base balance, oxygentherapy, ventilator
  • Pain Management
  • Perianesthesia Emergencies: BLS, ACLS Malignant Hyperthermia


Contact Hours

13 Contact Hours Earned



Nicole Jones, MSN, RN, CPAN

Nicole M. Jones is currently pursuing her Masters in Health Sciences in Anesthesia in Pittsburgh, PA. She has held positions over her 10 years as a nurse in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit and in the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit. She has also held positions as Assistant Nursing Instructor at UPMC St. Margaret School of Nursing and Advanced Practice Nurse at UPMC St. Margaret Hospital. Nicole has been certified in perianesthesia nursing for over 4 years and has taught perianesthesia review courses for the past 3 years. Nicole has her Diploma in Nursing from UPMC St. Margaret School of Nursing. She has her BSN and MSN in Nursing Education from Waynesburg University.

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