By definition, a nurse anesthetist is a registered nurse (RN) who has a minimum of two years extensive training and education in the specialty of anesthesia.
They administer all types of anesthesia, perform pre-operative assessments, and monitor the patient in the post-operative period.
Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island School of Nurse Anesthesia at Kent Hospital has a bed capacity of 359. All types of operations (except open-heart surgery) are performed at Kent Hospital including general surgery, major vascular, thoracic, pediatrics, obstetrics, orthopedic, genitourinary, ophthalmic, and ENT (ear, nose, and throat) procedures.
The Memorial Hospital School of Nurse Anesthesia holds an academic affiliation with Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) in New Britain, CT. Upon completion of the program, students receive a Master of Science Degree in Biological Sciences/Nurse Anesthesia from CCSU, as well as a certificate of completion from the program. The School of Nurse Anesthesia has continually maintained full accreditation status by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs. The Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the United States Department of Education recognize the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs as an accrediting agency for nurse anesthesia. Current school accreditation is slated for renewal in 2021.
The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) requires that all students matriculating into a nurse anesthesia educational program on January 1, 2022 or thereafter be enrolled in a program approved by the COA to award a practice doctoral degree. The program does not plan to transition to the doctoral degree level. The program plans to voluntarily close and withdraw from accreditation in November 2019.
Further information regarding this closure may be obtained by calling (401) 737-7000.