Date of Award

Spring 5-6-2022

Document Type

DNP Project

Project Team Faculty Member

Dr. Whitney Heischmidt

Project Team Faculty Member

Dr. Kevin Stein

Project Team Faculty Member

Dr. Jenna Tebbenkamp


induction sequences, rapid sequence induction, typical sequence induction, RSI, induction, anesthesia, student registered nurse anesthetist, SRNA, observational learning


Safe and effective induction of anesthesia is a vital component of any anesthesia provider’s skill set. Although both typical sequence and rapid sequence induction are common procedures, much variance in technique exists among providers. Clear, standardized rubrics are an important element in teaching these skills. The purpose of this project was to update the typical and rapid sequence induction rubrics for the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Nurse Anesthesia Program with the current best practice recommendations. To utilize and reinforce observational learning, instructional videos were also created to accompany the updated rubrics. These materials were presented to the student registered nurse anesthetists (SRNAs) in the course NURS 529 - Orientation to Nurse Anesthesia Practicum prior to beginning clinical rotations. The SRNAs completed a 20-question pretest and viewed the rubrics and instructional videos. One week later, the SRNAs completed an identical posttest and overall evaluation of the educational experience. Results showed that scores improved between the pretest and posttest (78% and 89% respectively) indicating a potential gain in knowledge and skills. Survey results indicated overall buy in and acceptance of the new materials by the SRNAs. These results highlight the importance of multimodal learning in mastering critical, high-level skills such as induction of anesthesia.

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