Care Planning Process for Specialty Rotations

Berrios, Jane
Chance, Elena
Kim, Yuni
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Transitioning into a specialty rotation with minimal didactic opportunity in these areas can not only be difficult for the student nurse anesthetist, it can also cause variations of anxiousness. Having a basic understanding of the specialty rotation can be provided through preparation by developing a care plan, as well as learning how to utilize and implement the care plan. This offers the SRNA a tool to allow for an efficient transition that alleviates the anxiousness that usually occurs when starting these rotations. Research was executed regarding the benefits and barriers to utilizing and implementing the care planning process and compiling data to construct the care plans for the specialty rotations. A lecture was presented to the junior SRNAs and an anonymous pre and post likert scale questionnaire was employed to evaluate the effectiveness of the lecture. This examined the level of anxiousness for each rotation presented prior to and after the presentation. Collaboration with a statistician was exercised to identify significant findings regarding the questionnaire results. The anticipated outcomes were not achieved and unexpected results were obtained. With the exception of two items (item 1 and item 6), there were no statistically significant results in the remaining items. This could be due to the fact that the neutral category was not clearly defined and its allocation in the negative category may have skewed the significance of the results. Lack of time for the presentation and a poor evaluation tool were identified as prime areas that were likely to contribute.