Date of Award

Fall 5-6-2022

Document Type

DNP Project

Project Team Faculty Member

Dr. Leah Baecht

Project Team Faculty Member

Dr. Kevin Stein

Project Team Faculty Member

Dr. Rebecca Collier


SRNA, student registered nurse anesthetist, communication and feedback, adult learners, facilitators and barriers, clinical education


Student registered nurse anesthetists experience a wide variety of barriers and facilitators to their clinical education; often rotating through several clinical sites during their nurse anesthesia educational program (NAEP) tenure. Existing evidence suggests SRNAs must be proficient in seeking, accepting, and utilizing feedback from clinical preceptors (Algiraigri, 2014). Accepting constructive criticism may be challenging for SRNAs as they are highly skilled, competent nurses who are now entering rigorous NAEPs as novices. Reverting from preceptor to preceptee can be a difficult transition for SRNAs. This project aimed to identify barriers and facilitators to a successful SRNA clinical education through a literature review and survey data obtained from SRNAs across the United States. The literature review and survey results revealed a need for continuing education on adult learning theory and improved communication skills in the clinical realm.

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