Back to the Basics Courses

Feb 28 / Dr. Michael Storm, CRNA




Today It happened.
We submitted 21 CE credits to the AANA for Class A pre-approval. It feels really good to get that off our shoulders. Now the waiting begins. Usually it takes 4-6 weeks for AANA to approve the courses.

While these courses are submitted to AANA for CE approval, we will also launch an online Review Course for students.

"Learning Loss"

My experience working with 60+ other CRNAs at a level 1 trauma center has taught me that many tend to push their basic knowledge way back in their brain. For some it becomes a distant memory of what once was, Storm Anesthesia and recertCRNA are now launching a "Back to the Basics" for CRNAs. We cover may of the topics that are our basic foundation of what we do every day. Although, CRNAs become very good as safely taking care of patient under anesthesia, I do find that many a CRNA lack the same full understanding of what is happening as they once did. 

All this is quite understandable, since studies show that humans seem to "forget" a significant amount of learning very quickly. What does that mean? Do we actually forget the information, or do we just need a bit of extra prodding to remember? 
Much has been studied about children and summer learning loss (SLL), which is documented when children return back after a three month summer vacation. Is this actual loss, ie, the students no longer have any idea what they learned just prior to their vacation?
This is very doubtful. Much more likely is that not focussing on the newly learned material over the summer, now requires a bit of puzzle work to make the memories of how it all works return. Then when it does come back it often leads to greater understanding of the material. 

CRNA "Learning Loss"

The same goes for CRNA learning. We learned an enormous amount of information during anesthesia school. We learned to master it very well, and then we started working. There was no longer anybody keeping us accountable to the didactic portion of what we do every day. As long as our patients are safe and wake up peacefully, everybody are happy. We therefore tend to "forget" about a whole lot of the "why it is " in anesthesia. But, I still find that most CRNAs tend to become weaker on their didactic knowledge, the knowledge about why the heart muscle contracts weakly without calcium, the knowledge how the thiazide diuretics help prevent stone formation in the kidneys, the knowledge about why the Na-K-ATPase is so important in all our cells. We remember these things happen, but have a difficult time explaining why they happen. Our students try to understand, and some CRNAs feel intimidated when students ask probing questions to fully understand how the physiology explain what they see. 

recertCRNA "Back to the Basics" Courses

To combat this "learning loss" I see in my daily encounter with fellow CRNAs, recertCRNA are launching "Back to the Basics" courses. 
The 21 Class A cE credits we just applied for are all part of the "Back to the Basics" initiative I think can be very helpful for many CRNAs. We know how to do anesthesia and we do it extremely safely every day. That does not equate to we also can explain everything about the physiology behind what we do.
Especially, if we have been out of school for a while, and some for a long while. Our distant memory of the physiology we learned have faded and is in need of a quick and easy refresher.
recertCRNAs "Back to the Basics" courses are just that refresher. 

Courses Will Be Available mid-April 2022

It normally takes AANA 4-6 weeks to approve new CE courses. This time frame will allow us to launch the new courses sometime in mid April 2022.