IFNA approval process for nurse anesthesia programs


An Invitation to Comment on IFNA’s Proposed Approval Process
for Anesthesia Education Programs

IFNA is planning an international approval process for anesthesia education programs. The plan calls for offering three (3) categories of approval to all non-physician anesthesia programs in the world. The 3 categories were identified at the completion of an accreditation pilot project in June 2008.

It is proposed that programs admitting nurses, non-nurses and both types of students would be eligible for approval. This recognizes the differences that currently exist among students enrolled in anesthesia programs in various countries. The ultimate goal of offering an approval process for all types of anesthesia programs is to improve anesthesia patient care by encouraging programs to use IFNA’s Educational Standards irrespective of available local resources.

You are invited to submit comments on this project until November 1, 2008.

Categories

The IFNA Approval Process for Anesthesia Programs (APAP) proposes to offer 3 categories of approval. The 3 proposed categories of approval are:
1. Registration
2. Recognition
3. Accreditation

Registration. The first category of “Registration” would require submission of a pledge by the anesthesia program to meet the IFNA Educational Standards to the best of its ability. The program’s curriculum would be posted on IFNA’s website with a statement that IFNA had not approved the curriculum but it was being posted for information only. The website would note that the program had committed to meeting the IFNA Educational Standards to the best of its ability.

Recognition. The second category would be “Recognition” and would require submission of a pledge by the anesthesia program to meet the IFNA Educational Standards to the best of its ability. The program would also be required to submit its curriculum and related material for review by the IFNA Education Committee. The information would be audited to determine if it met the IFNA Educational Standards. Following the auditing process, the program’s curriculum would be posted on IFNA’s website with a statement that IFNA had reviewed the curriculum and determined it substantially met IFNA’s Educational Standards. The website would note that the program had substantially met the IFNA Educational Standards as determined by an audit of written program materials.

Accreditation. The third category would be “Accreditation” requiring submission of a pledge by the anesthesia program to meet the IFNA Educational Standards. The program would also be required to submit its curriculum and related material in a written self study for review by the IFNA Education Committee. The information would also be evaluated by an on-site team of visitors to determine if it met the IFNA Educational Standards. Following the accreditation process, the program’s curriculum would be posted on IFNA’s website with a statement that IFNA had reviewed the curriculum, reviewed a self study, conducted an on-site visit to the program and determined the program substantially met the IFNA Educational Standards. The website would note that the program had substantially met the IFNA Educational Standards as determined by a full review of the program including a written self study and on-site review.

Eligibility for Approval
The proposed eligibility criteria are:

• All non-physician anesthesia programs would be eligible for any 1 of the 3 categories of approval. This would include programs that require applicants to be nurses as stated in IFNA’s Educational Standards or to have scientific backgrounds that prepare students to be successful in developing the competencies needed to become anesthesia professionals.

• For the purpose of program approval, admission requirements would need to include an education in nursing or another scientific background that prepares a student to succeed in the anesthesia education program.

• Anesthesia programs from countries that are not members of IFNA as well as those from IFNA member countries would be eligible to apply for approval.


Fees
The proposed fees for approval are:

• No fees would be charged for the categories of Registration and Recognition.

• Programs applying for Accreditation would pay the expenses associated with the site visit and a small administrative fee.

Submit your comments

Comments on the proposed approval process can be submitted to:
IFNA Executive Director

THANK YOU!


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