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Course Description

This course is designed for nurses working in the perianesthesia setting who plan to take the CPAN Exam. The course will focus on core concepts defined by ASPAN™ for caring for all populations.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Review key concepts and topics related to the APBANC test blueprint for a candidate to successfully challenge the CPAN Exam.
  • Review patient clinical data with a focus on perianesthesia complications, anesthesia techniques and drug therapy and perianesthesia medications.
  • Examine practice standards, legal and regulatory requirements related to perianesthesia nursing.
  • Discuss test-taking strategies and critical thinking components for a successful CPAN Exam.


Sign-in begins at 7:30 am. Each day includes a one-hour lunch (on your own), as well as a morning and afternoon break of 15 minutes each. The order of lectures presented and break times may vary according to speaker preference.

Day 1, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • The Exam
    CPAN Exam | Certification Preparation | Test-Taking Strategies
  • Practice Standards
    The Professional Nurse | Overview of Perianesthesia Nursing and ASPAN Standards
  • Legal, Regulatory and Professional Issues
    Legal Terms | Regulatory Bodies | Professional Issues
  • Assessment of the Perianesthesia Patient
    Nursing Process in the Perianesthesia Setting | Perianesthesia Nursing Assessment
  • Age Specific Care in the Perianesthesia Setting
  • Patient Clinical Data Related to Perianesthesia Nursing
    Fluid and Electrolyte Balance | Chemistry Labs | Hematology and Blood Transfusions | ABG Interpretation

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

  • Anesthesia
    Anesthetic Techniques and Blocks | Anesthetic Agents, Drugs and Adjuncts | Herbal Drugs and Homeopathic Treatments Related to Anesthesia Outcomes
  • Medications in the Perianesthesia Setting
    Common Medications Used in Perianesthesia Nursing | Pain Management
  • Patient and Family Education
  • Perianesthesia Complications
    Airway Emergencies | Cardiovascular Emergencies | Hemodynamics | Neurologic Complications | Post-Op Nausea and Vomiting | Malignant Hyperthermia | Management of Hypothermia