RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The patient has the right to:
- know who is administering their anesthesia and who will be supervising the anesthesia administration. The SRNA should introduce himself or herself as a “Student Registered Nurse Anesthetist” and identify who will be supervising them during the anesthetic case.
- expect that those anesthesia services provided by students will be under the supervision of a CRNA and/or an anesthesiologist. At all times a CRNA or anesthesiologist shall be immediately available in all areas where students are providing anesthesia services.
- expect that the student and supervisory personnel providing their services are mentally competent and not impaired by fatigue, drugs, or other incapacitating conditions.
- know that the patient’s surgeon or physician and supervising CRNA and/or anesthesiologist shall be kept informed pertaining to the anesthetic management and any complications arising from that management.
- privacy and confidentially in all aspects of their care, including communications and records.
The patient has the responsibility to:
1. provide adequate information about his or her health/medical history and post
2. follow as best he or she can, the instructions provided by the healthcare providers involved with his or her care and question instructions not understood.
Applicants have the right to:
1. information provided shall be factual, fairly presented, timely, and contain detailed information pertaining to admission criteria and process; program content, graduation requirements, and student rights and responsibilities.
2. fair and non-discriminating practices in the selection process
Applicants have a responsibility to:
1. provide accurate, truthful information.
2. complete their application and provide all application supporting documentation by the
3. communicate to the program changes in contact information (address, email, phone).
Graduates have the right to:
- access transcripts of their academic and clinical endeavors according to the record policy.
- upon their request have verified copies of their transcripts furnished to any institutions specified by the student or graduate.
- expect that a complete and accurate transcript and application of the student’s educational experiences be forwarded to the National Board on Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) upon graduation. It is the graduates’ responsibility to ensure that all guidelines and deadlines in the Candidate Handbook of the NBCRNA are followed. The graduate is responsible to make arrangements to take the Certification Examination at a site and within the time frame designated by the NBCRNA.
Graduates have the responsibility to:
1. provide to the nurse anesthesia program, signed written release of information when
requesting information from their student files be furnished to institutions, agencies, employers, or other entities.
2. notify the nurse anesthesia program of their place of employment one year post graduation to allow the mailing of an Employers Evaluation of the graduate’s preparedness for practice.
3. submit the completed Graduate Survey one year post-graduation to the nurse anesthesia
4. participate in continuing education activities and function according to the appropriate
legal requirements within the state they are employed.
Faculty members of the program have the right to:
- be treated in a respectful manner by students and program administration.
- be provided the support they need to conduct the activities of programmatic committee work, clinical and didactic instruction, and faculty development.
- expect students to be prepared as much as possible for any given lecture, clinical case, or assignment.
- remove an student from the classroom or clinical area if the integrity of the class/clinical case or the safety of the patient may be compromised.
- expect that students will have self-motivation and seek learning opportunities to develop the necessary skills, knowledge, and professional behaviors necessary to be successful in completion of the program.
Faculty members of the program have the responsibility to:
- be active in and supportive of program committee assignments.
- be available at reasonable times for student questions.
- make appropriate preparation for class (lectures) and other meetings
- base all evaluations, academic and clinical, upon their professional judgments and
- not consider, in either academic or clinical evaluations, factors such as race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, handicap, political affiliation, lifestyle, etc.
- respect the confidentiality of student information contained in the student’s record. Faculty may release such information in connection with any intra-program business, including releasing information to clinical preceptors and affiliation faculty without student consent, or as may be required by law.
- not exploit professional relationships with students for private advantage and refrain from soliciting student assistance for private purposes in a manner which infringes upon the student’s freedom of choice.
- give appropriate recognition to contributions made by students
9. refrain from any activity which involves risk to the health and safety of the student,
except with the students’ informed consent, and where applicable, in accordance with the WMC IRB’s use of human subjects in experimentation approval.
10. respect the dignity of each student individually and all students collectively in areas of
11. provide appropriate supervision and direction based on an student’s clinical expertise.
12. assist with remediation of students or disciplinary actions of students as needed.
13. maintain student confidentiality in all forms of communication related to the clinical or
didactic performance of an student.
14. serve in the capacity of advisor with specific student assignments.
The program and affiliated clinical sites have the right to expect that:
- the nurse anesthesia faculty operate the program in accordance with the applicable standards, policies, and procedures of the accrediting agencies, university, hospital, affiliate clinical sites, and the program.
- accurate and comprehensive records will be maintained
- the program will submit annual reports to the accrediting agency (COA) and other submissions as required
- the program represents itself with integrity and honesty in all communications
- it will be kept informed of program changes, accrediting agency evaluations and standards, and trends affecting nurse anesthesia education.
- the student will be aware of and follow departmental and institutional policies related to patient care and all other matters addressed in relevant policies
- the students will communicate with clinical instructors relative to their abilities to perform procedures and apply knowledge in their clinical studentships.
- students will arrive prepared for classes, seminars, conferences, clinical studentship, and other educational experiences.
The program and affiliated clinical sites have the responsibility:
- to provide clinical and didactic instruction and evaluations.
- to coordinate and carry out application and admission procedures.
- to provide classroom and laboratory space as needed for didactic lectures/courses.
- to provide academic and clinical counseling to the students as needed.
- to coordinate advertising and public relation efforts.
- to provide orientation to the clinical area.
- to provide support for clinical research.
- to provide resources needed for effective operation of an educational program of high quality.
- to continually evaluate the program to ensure that it meets student needs and graduates attain desired outcomes.
- to conduct the program in compliance with all legal and accreditation standards.
- to be accountable to the public
- to uphold the reputation of the nurse anesthesia program and its entities
Council on Accreditation
The COA has the right to:
- conduct periodic announced and unannounced site reviews to assess compliance to published standards.
- expect the program’s assistance in the conduction of an accurate evaluation by providing accurate and truthful statements and supportive documentation as required.
- require the program to follow all policies and procedures published by the COA.
The COA has the responsibility to:
- publish any and all applicable standards necessary for accreditation and successful re-accreditation, and to evaluate programs in their ability to meet the published standards.
- identify areas of noncompliance and to inform the program accordingly.
- assist the program in attempts to comply with COA requests.
SRNAs’ have the right to:
1. freedom to pursue their educational goals. A highly specialized, graduate curriculum instilled with professionalism, progressive didactic instruction, and supervised clinical experiences is provided.
2. fair and accurate evaluations of their progress in the educational program and to be kept informed of the status of that progress.
3. access to transcripts and their clinical achievements and upon their written request have verified copies furnished to institutions, agencies, other programs of nurse anesthesia, or others specified by the student. In the event the student transfers to another program, written request for information to be sent to the institution is required by the student.
5. inspect and review their official records and to request nondisclosure of certain information. The Westminster College Nurse Anesthesia Program abides by the requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. Student files are NOT to leave the School of Nursing and Health Sciences offices.
6. not be exploited relative to time commitment or pay for profit of the conducting institution or corporation.
7. confidentiality regarding exam grades, clinical experiences, and status in the program.
8. the right to privately confer with faculty concerning a personal grievance and follow the due process procedure of the program if the outcome of that meeting is not satisfactory.
SRNAs’ have the responsibility and will be held accountable for:
1. the quality of preparation, completion, and performance of didactic and clinical assignments.
2. complying with the policies and regulations pertaining to the Westminster College and the Nurse Anesthesia Program.
3. fulfilling all responsibilities connected with the program defined at time of enrollment in the program, or made a part of the educational contract during the period of enrollment.
4. and must demonstrate high professional standards and values in the classroom, clinical agencies, and the community.
5. the ethical and legal responsibilities for repayment of student loans from any source, public, or private.
6. to represent the NAP and its entities in a professional and positive manner through all interactions.