Reykjavik, Iceland, nurse anesthesia program


Anesthesia education programs holding Level 3: IFNA Accreditation have met eligibility and application requirements for IFNA Accreditation. Recognized programs have also undergone a successful self-study and on-site visit to demonstrate substantial compliance with "IFNA's Educational Standards for Preparing Nurse Anesthetists". Information about the curriculum is current at date of application.

IFNA Accreditation effective October 2014 – October 2019

Lara Borg, CRNA, MS
Specialized Nursing Postgraduate Diploma
Faculty of Nursing, University of Iceland
Department of Anesthesia
12 CD, Hringbraut
The National University Hospital of Iceland
101 - Reykjavik, Iceland


Information about the Specialized Nursing Postgraduate Diploma
Faculty of Nursing, University of Iceland Curriculum:


Graduates receive a diploma certificate from the University of Iceland.
Practicum in Nurse Anesthesia
HJÚ030F Practicum in Nurse Anesthesia
Course Description Practicum
Clinical training in Diploma program in Nurse Anesthesia is 30 units and is 1700 hours. Clinical methods are thought and trained. Students are hired to the anesthetic departments in special student positions. The clinical training will mostly be in anesthetic departments of the hospitals but also in a simulator. The University of Iceland provides a diploma declaring that the student has fulfilled the demands. Earlier experience in the field of anesthesia is evaluated in each case. Nurses with 2 years experience or more in the field of ICU nursing will have to take 1600 hours in practicum
Learning Outcomes The student is capable of:
Performing preparation and preoperative evaluation of patients
Take care of admission of patients in the OR
Utilizing nursing knowledge and special skills in anesthesia nursing in solution of problems related to anesthesia care
Position or supervise positioning of patients to assure optimal physiologic function and patient safety
Prevent perioperative hypothermia
Initiate and manage fluid and blood therapy within the plan of care
Fulfill the role of nurse anesthetists in induction, maintenance, monitoring and recovery from general anesthesia, regional anesthesia, sedation and other forms of anesthesia care.
Taking care of airway management using utilizing different techniques.
The student has expertise in:
Anesthesia equipment, anesthetics and adjunctive and accessory drugs used in general anesthesia, regional anesthesia, sedation and other forms of anesthesia care.
Resuscitation and management of emergencies
Safety factors in anesthesia care
Develop critical thinking to anticipate and solve problems, make decisions, and apply basic science knowledge to nurse anesthesia practice.
Physical and mental assessment
HJÚ122F Physical and mental assessment
Course Description The purpose of the course is to increase the students knowledge of and efficiency in assessing mental and physical health. Emphasis will be on assessing abnormality with emphasis on symptoms, causes, consequences as well as issues related to health education, promotion and prevention.
Teaching methods: Lectures, simulation and teaching at the bedside.
Learning Outcomes The purpose of the course is to increase the students’ knowledge of and efficiency in assessing mental and physical health.
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Pharmacology
HJÚ136F Pharmacology
Course Description A thorough study of the pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics of drugs commonly used in anesthesia practice. A concurrent drug therapy and their anesthetic implications will be discussed. The major function of the autonomic nervous system in coordinating and regulating the physiological function of the body will be dealt with and the pharmacology of important therapeutic agents that will affect the function of the autonomic nervous system.

Nurse anesthesia I
HJÚ138F Nurse anesthesia I
Course Description Basic principles of anesthesia and anesthesia techniques with emphasis on physiological aspect for practice will be stressed. Different methods of anesthesia administration and function of various kinds of technologies will be discussed. A psychomotor skills specific to the practice and a training in a human patient simulator will be integrated in the course

Safety and management
HJÚ217F Safety and management
Course Description This course is intended to view the organizational design according to, standards, safety factors and security patterns of specialized units. Consideration of physical design, traffic patterns, and ergonomics. Emphasis is placed on patient safety. Patients' rights and legal and ethical aspects are analyzed.

Learning Outcomes 1.1 The knowledge of what influences the patients and the staff safety in the operating departments.
1.2 The students will have the knowledge to explore and analyse safety factors and security patterns of specialized units.
1.3 And understand the importance of good safety culture in the working environment.
Physics and Chemistry of Anesthesia
HJÚ218F Physics and Chemistry of Anaesthesia
Course Description In this course the physics of gasses and fluids will be introduced (the laws of vaporization, pressure and flow). Knowledge in this field is fundamental for further understanding of the function of anesthetic gasses, oxygen and nitroux oxide as well as for the understanding of the function of lungs and vascular system in health and sickness. Furthermore, the physics that vaporizers, gas analyzers, pulse oxymeters, invasive pressure measurements etc. are based on will be introduced.

Nurse anesthesia II
HJÚ219F Nurse anesthesia II
Course Description We will continue to discuss the basic principles and practice of anesthesia techniques and their physiological effects on the patient. Specific surgical procedures will be addressed and different methods of anesthesia administration employed to these patient groups. Various patient populations will be stressed as well as the effects of co–existing diseases on the perioperative anesthetic process (pre-operative, intra operative, post-operative). A practice of demonstrating the anesthesia principles and skills in a human patient simulator will be a part of the clinical setting.
Learning Outcomes Objectives:
Describe in overall terms the technical aspect of the surgical procedures on the surgical schedule (fluid management, invasive monitoring etc.).
Discuss the level of intervention according to the surgical procedure and the patient condition
Ability to interpret quickly preoperative evaluation and preparation of the patient
Integrate the basic principles and practice of nurse anesthesia into the approach when changes occur in a specific patient from the original anesthetic care plan

Nurse Anesthesia III
HJÚ320F Nurse Anesthesia III
Course Description The course is a continuation of Anesthesia and Nurse Anesthesia II. A systemic approach will be employed to discuss anesthesia and analgesia to a various types of surgical patients. The characteristics of these populations and the problems that may arise during the operation process will be addressed. We will discuss patients with special health problems and co-existing diseases that may challenge their care.
Teaching method: Lectures, seminars and assignment. A clinical practice in an anesthesia simulator laboratory.
Learning Outcomes At the end of the course the student will:
Define unique characteristics of the different surgical patient populations;
Interpret preoperative evaluation from the patient chart and formulate an individual anesthetic care plan;
Identify appropriate level of intervention according to the patient's needs and surgical procedure;
Use systemic anesthesia approach and problem solving when dealing with a deviation from the original anesthesia care plan in the specific surgical patients.
Advanced resuscitation and anesthesia in emergencies and of the critically ill patient

HJÚ333F Advanced resuscitation and anesthesia in emergencies and of the critically ill patient
Course Description The goal of this course is to bring knowledge and competence in anesthesia of patients with life threatening problems, emergency anesthesia and resuscitation of adults and children.
The course is based on lectures, work in small groups, skill stations and simulation training.
Among things covered in this course:
Resuscitation of new born, children, adults
Arrhythmias, ECG
Blood gas analysis
Resuscitation in the anesthesia/OR perspective
Nurse anesthesia in hyperbaric chamber
Nurse anesthesia of the critically ill patient incl. Burn victims, multiple trauma neuro/thorax/abdominal/vascular/obstetric emergencies.
Intoxication of local anesthetics, anaphylaxis, Malignant Hyperthermia
Advanced airway management - airway algorithms – the difficult airway
Inline stabilization and airway management in trauma
Evaluation of the trauma patient and utilization of backboards and immobilization of the neck
Treatment with vasoactive drugs
Hemorrhage and transfusions.
Crisis Resource management
Emergencies in the OR because of fire and failure of equipment

This course is provided with the support of Bradaskolinn sf which provides equipment and a number of lectures.

The course is based on lectures, skill stations, case training, simulation
Learning Outcomes Student shows knowledge and competence in advanced resuscitation of the new born, pediatrics and adults
Student shows knowledge and competence in utilization of systematic approach in evaluating the critically ill by using the ABCDE method (examination and evaluation during the course)
Student shows competence in reading ECGs and blood gas analysis.
Students recognize various types of tachyarrythmias and bradyarrythmias and how to treat those.
Student shows competence in anesthesia of critically ill patients in simulator, incl. first therapy of burn patients, anesthesia of patients with multi trauma, head injury, ruptured aneurism and acute cesarean.
Student shows competence in recognizing and treating anaphylaxis, MH and intoxication from local anesthetics.
Student shows competence in crush induction as well as using difficult airway algorithms and using equipment in advanced airway management incl. Glide scope, Fasttrach and transtracheal jet ventilation. Shows competence in airway management of patients with suspected neck injury using in-line stabilization.
Student shows competence in trauma assessment.
Student shows competence in using immobilization of the traumapatient with backboards and cervical collars.
Student shows understanding of safety issues regarding anesthesia of patients in hyperbaric chamber.
Student shows knowledge and competence in using vasoactive drugs, incl. Epinephrin, norepinephrin, dopamin, dobutamin, vasopressin, efedrin, phenylephrin, atropin, nitroprussid, nitroglycerin, trandate, betablokkers, calciumblokkers, digoxin.
Student knows and is able to utilize formulas in fluid and blood transfusions, can calculate EBV and allowed bleeding for all ages. Knows different types of shock and the physiological difference between them. Can calculate fluid needs of children and fluid therapy for children in compensated and decompensated shock.
Can utilize equipment and knows how to administer fluids and drugs using the intraosseous route.
Critical care nursing I
HJÚ244F Critical care nursing I
Course Description The aim of this course is to increase nurses’ knowledge and understanding of causes and treatment of acute serious illness. The course will cover acute medical problems related to the cardiovascular, nervous and endocrine systems, lungs and kidneys.

The following are exemplar of the main subjects covered: Acute coronary syndrome, heart failure, arrhythmia, malignant hypertension, acute aortic diseases, acute respiratory failure, pulmonary embolism, acute kidney failure and acute situations in chronic kidney disease, cerebral haemorragies/stroke, status epilepticus, endocrinological crises and electrolyte and fluid imbalance.

During the course an emphasizes will be put on systematic evaluation of the patient condition, diagnosis and treatment, as well as clinical guidelines when applicable.
Learning Outcomes 1. The student will be able to demonstrate specialized knowledge in assessing and treating patients with cardiovascular, respiratory, kidney and endocrine problems.
2. The student will be able to explain clinical importance of diagnostic tests used in assessing and treating patients with acute cardiovascular, respiratory, kidney and endocrine diseases.
3. The student will know the physiologic effects of acute cardiovascular,
respiratory, kidney and endocrine diseases.
4. The student will be able to participate actively in clinical discussions on
clinical methods used in assessing and treating patients with cardiovascular,
respiratory, kidney and endocrine problems.
Critical care nursing II
HJÚ332F Critical care nursing II
Course Description The aim of this course is to increase nurses’ knowledge and understanding of causes and treatment of acute serious illness. The course will cover acute medical problems related to severe infections, significant hemorrhage, gastrointestinal problems and severe trauma.
The following are exemplar of the main subjects covered: Sepsis, meningitis and other CNS infections. Life threatening hemorrhage with and without anticoagulation, multi trauma and acute intraabdominal problems.
During the course an emphasizes will be put on systematic evaluation of the patient condition, diagnosis and treatment, as well as clinical guidelines when applicable.
Learning Outcomes 1. The student will be able to demonstrate specialized knowledge in assessing and treating patients with acute infectious diseases, haemorrhaging patients, multitrauma and acute abdominal problems.
2. The student will be able to explain clinical importance of diagnostic tests used in assessing and treating patients with acute infectious diseases, haemorrhaging patients, multitrauma and acute abdominal problems..
3. The student will know the physiologic effects of acute acute infectious diseases, haemorrhaging patients, multitrauma and acute abdominal problems.
4.The student will be able to participate actively in clinical discussions on clinical methods used in assessing and treating patients with acute infectious diseases, hemorrhaging patients, multitrauma and acute abdominal problems.
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