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Canadian Nurses Association PeriAnesthesia Certification Exam

On April 5, 2014 PeriAnesthesia Nursing was recognized as the 20th specialty designated by the CNA for certification. Being a certified PeriAnesthesia nurse nationally recognizes you as being committed to excellence in your practice and committed to lifelong learning. It identifies you to your employer, your colleagues, and to your patients, as someone who demonstrates specialized knowledge and enhanced professional credibility because you took the initiative to challenge yourself to achieve your goal of being a certified PeriAnesthesia nurse!

This year, for the first time, CNA is offering the examination in the Spring AND in the Fall! Application to write the exam will be open from January 3 - March 1, 2017. A reminder that the exam is now conducted completely on-line.


Experience requirements:

Option A - experience only:

A minimum of 3,900 hours' experience as a registered nurse in your specialty area over the past five years in full-time, part-time or casual employment.

Option B - experience plus education:

A minimum of 2,925 hours' experience as a registered nurse in your specialty area over the past five years in full-time, part-time or casual employment.

A formal post-basic course in your specialty area at least 300 hours in length and taken over the last 10 years.

See more at: https://nurseone.ca/certification



Continuing Education

The following Continuing Education courses are available through Conestoga College, Kitchener, Ontario.

Perioperative Program (#1118)

Admission to this program occurs every September. The program takes 10 months to complete. Classes are held every Wednesday evening and every Saturday.

This graduate certificate program will provide the RN with the knowledge and skills to function effectively in Perioperative (Preoperative, Intraoperative and Postoperative) Nursing. In addition to theoretical knowledge, the program reinforces the technical skills required of a surgical team member. Lab days and clinical experience are integrated throughout the program. A consolidated practicum is completed at the end of the program.

PeriAnesthesia Course (NURS8176)

This course for RNís and RPNís will cover the fundamental nursing care provided in a hospital-based post-anaesthetic care unit, a surgical day care setting, and/or a unit where anaesthetic agents are administered, for example in an independent health care facility or an oral surgery setting. This course will support additional information required for all nurses caring for patient in the post-operative period including post caesarean birth. Topics will include anaesthetic agents, regional anaesthetics, pre and post anaesthetic assessments, pain control, post-operative emergencies and problems, airway management, IV sedation, and legal and ethical issues in the post anaesthetic care setting, and special PACU considerations for a range of surgical procedures.

Basic Cardiac Arrhythmia (NURS8115)

Diseases of the heart affect a large percentage of the North American population. Members of health care professions need to maintain up-to-date knowledge of the most common cardiac arrhythmias to practice effectively. This course provides an introduction to common cardiac arrhythmias covering topics such as cardiac physiology, lead placement, identification of sinus rhythms, mechanisms of common arrhythmias, pacemaker rhythms and life-threatening arrhythmias. Significant nursing interventions to deal with these arrhythmias will be addressed.

This course is a foundation for the Cardiac Care, Critical Care and Emergency Nursing certificate programs.

Advanced Cardiac Arrhythmias (NURS8180)

Admission: RN, EMCA.

Prerequisite: Basic Cardiac Arrhythmia (NURS8115)

So, you have been working with monitored clients and feel comfortable with the basic arrhythmias you see on a daily basis. Often you find yourself being puzzled by a complex rhythm strip or have heard about less common arrhythmias and want to find out more about them. If so, this is the course for you.

Topics include: mechanisms of arrhythmias, aberrancy vs. ectopy, how certain cardiac drugs and eletroytes affect the ECG, rhythms involving accessory pathways, i.e. WPW or Lown-Ganong-Levine, differentiating narrows vs. wide complex tachycardias. Pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatment of these arrhythmias will be discussed. Finally, this course will review methods of cardiac pacing, discuss cardioversion vs. defibrillation and review principles of internal cardiac defibrillators (ICD).

This course is part of the Cardiac Care program.

Coronary Care Nursing (NURS8150)

Admission: Current Certificate of Registration - RN.

Prerequisite: Basic Cardiac Arrhythmia (NURS8115)

Anatomy and physiology are studied in detail with emphasis on myocardial contraction, electrophysiology, control mechanisms of the heart and cardiac output. Topics will include the pathophysiology of coronary artery disease, angina, myocardial infarction and associated implications, hypertension and heart failure, as well as cardiomyopathies and traumatic injury of the heart. Each of these units will include a discussion of pathological processes, diagnostic tools and assessment, medical treatment and nursing management.

This course is part of the Cardiac Care and Critical Care programs.

For further information please visit the Conestoga College website:


PeriAnaesthesia Review Course

September 30, 2017

Knowledge & Skill Refresher Workshop for Perianesthesia Nurses

Brought to you by your OPANA board members!

To be held at the Trillium Health Partners, Mississauga Hospital

Why attend?

  • Continuing Education Hours
  • Great preparation for CNA Exam
  • Network and share ideas

COST: Details to follow soon

PeriAnaesthesia Review Course

April 22, 2017

This one day course will review essential competencies in the care of the adult and pediatric perianaesthesia patient. The course will also cover best practices and current evidence related to the care of this unique patient population at each phase of their journey through the perianaesthetic experience. Interactive materials will showcase visually-based aids related to perianesthesia education. Participants will be exposed to content described in the Canadian Nurses Associationís (CNA) Blueprint for Perianaesthesia Nursing Practice.


This one-day workshop is aimed at all health care professionals who are working in or have an interest in Perianaesthesia Care. This includes nurses working in or interested in working in the recovery room in hospitals service pediatric and adult populations. Nursing students with an interest in care of the perianaesthesia patient are welcome to attend this educational event.

Course Objectives

  • Participants will be able to identify common issues in the care of the perianaesthetic patient at each phase of their journey through the anaesthetic process (i.e. pre-operatively, intra-operatively, post-operatively and upon discharge)
  • Participants will be able to describe common effects of anesthetic agents on patients
  • Participants will be able to identify signs of hemodynamic instability
  • Participants will be able to articulate essential components of a high quality, comprehensive approach to perianaesthesia care for both paediatric and adult patients
  • Participants will be able to describe available resources for perianaesthesia education

The Centre for Professional Development at Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto is pleased to offer this program.

For further information, please visit: http://bit.ly/PeriAnaesthesiaReviewCourse

Institute on Advancing Chronic Pain Assessment and Management

April 27Ė28, 2017

Pain as a prevalent and universal symptom has major impact on individuals of all ages, their family and society. This course will focus on contemporary chronic pain assessment and management practices and related diagnostic reasoning and management based on theoretical models, best evidence and current treatment guidelines.The institute will have broad applicability for practitioners of all disciplines working in a variety of practice settings and with diverse populations. Participants will learn from leading pain experts about current pain practices and strategies for improving patient assessment, care and clinical outcomes.

Specific approaches and procedures will be discussed for patients with acute and/or chronic pain; pain management and addiction.

Program Learning Objectives

  • Understand the neurophysiology and related pathology for specific pain assessment and management approaches.
  • Appreciate the perspective and experience of individuals experiencing pain.
  • Identify focused assessment approaches for patients of varying ages, with complex comorbidities, and experiencing acute and/or persistent pain.
  • Describe pain management strategies for acute and/or persistent pain for patients including pharmacology, procedural analgesia, self-management, physical and psychological approaches.
  • Identify the relevant guidelines, standards and/or policies currently in use for treatments and/or procedures.

For further information, please visit: http://bit.ly/PainInstitute2017