Date of Award

Spring 5-8-2020

Document Type

DNP Project

Project Team Faculty Member

Debra Jenkins

Project Team Faculty Member

Rebecca Collier


Computer Based Learning, Neuraxial, Peripheral, Nerve Blocks, regional anesthesia, orthopedic surgery


Neuraxial and peripheral nerve blocks (PNB) have been present for many years, but recently these pain management techniques are gaining popularity as an alternative to the use of opioids. Neuraxial and PNB reduce the opioid usage during and after the surgery and improve postoperative recovery in terms of pain relief, pain-related sleep disruption, and reduction of side effects, such as nausea and vomiting. Conversely, inadequate pain management after surgery may delay surgical recovery, decreased patient satisfaction, increased length of hospital stay, increased readmissions and healthcare costs (Patacsil, McAuliffe, Feyh, & Sigmon, 2016).

Perioperative nurses are instrumental during the post-operative period in assessing and monitoring the patient’s various blocks to prevent complications and improve outcomes. Therefore, it is important that education be provided for perioperative nurses to enhance their understanding of these blocks. This project aimed to implement a computer-based learning (CBL) about neuraxial and PNB for perioperative nurses. Total of 257 perioperative nurses participated in completing the CBL. The results of this project indicated the CBL improved 209 perioperative nurses understanding of neuraxial and PNB. Developing a survey to gain insight into the quality of the CBL is recommended for the future projects.

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