The CAPA-CPAN Course

This two day course is designed to prepare perianesthesia nurses to take the CAPA/CPAN exam and to demonstrate clinical competence and knowledge of practice standards.

Course Benefits:

You will learn strategies to help you feel less intimidated. Some simple tricks will help you identify the most likely answer to multiple choice questions even before you consider the content. You will leave with a personal study plan and take six practice tests over the two day course that will help boost your confidence.

ASPAN Standards and Practice Recommendations are the foundation of perianesthesia nursing practice. These concepts will be explored and thoroughly covered.

You will be able to identify the types of anesthesia and agents administered in the perianesthesia period.

You will review perianesthesia care of the most common surgeries covering preoperative therough post discharge care with an emphasis on behavior, cognitive, physiologic, and safety needs of the patient.

You will identify the nurse’s role in caring for patients with surgical emergencies and perioperative complications. When the patient is the most vulnerable, the perianesthesia nurse must be the most knowledgeable and decisive. This review will help you be the best advocate you can be when your patient needs you the most.

You will identify the professional nurse’s role during all phases of surgery. Perianesthesia nursing is a profession that requires skill, science and planning. We will review how those attributes will benefit the surgical patient and help the nursing health care professional to provide best outcomes for his or her patients.



Day 1

8:30 – 9:00 Registration

9:00-9:10 Welcome and Introduction

9:10-10:30 Test taking strategies

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45–11:45General Nursing Principles/Classifications

11:45-12:15 Lunch

12:15-1:15 Special Patient Populations

1:15-2:15 Preoperative Care

2:15-2:25 Break

2:25-3:25 Preoperative Care

4:25-6:25 Anesthesia



Day 2

8:30-9:30 Pharmacologic Agents

9:30-10:30 Pulmonary

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-11:45 Cardiovascular

11:45-12:15 Lunch

12:15-1:15 Orthopedic Procedures

1:15-2:15 Vascular Procedures

2:15-2:30 Break

2:30-3:30 Neuro and EENT

3:30-4:00 GU and OB/GYN,GI

4:00 – 4:45 Fluids/Electrolytes

4:45-6:00 Common Anesthesia Problems and Emergencies