College of Science and Health Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award

Summer 8-25-2019

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



First Advisor

Pamela Schwartz, DNP, CRNA

Second Advisor

Julia Feczko, DNP, CRNA


Simulation is increasingly being used within the educational setting for invasive procedures, such as pulmonary artery (PA) catheter insertion. The purpose of this study was to assess how student registered nurse anesthetists (SRNAs) knowledge and confidence is effected by viewing an educational video and participating in a low-fidelity simulation. Dual coding theory was used to develop a single group pre-test and post-test study. A convenience sample of second year SRNAs was used. Participants completed a knowledge assessment tool and a confidence survey. Each participant then viewed the video and completed a hands on low-fidelity simulation. Following both these, each participant completed another knowledge assessment tool and confidence survey. SPSS was used to analysis the data. On the pre-study questionnaire 95.5% were not confident in their ability to place a PA catheter and on the post-study questionnaire this decreased to 18.2%. The mean score of the knowledge assessment tool improved from 7.73 (SD = 3.01) to 10.77 (SD = 3.29) (P = 0.001) following viewing the video and performing the low-fidelity simulation. Results of this study indicate benefits for nurse anesthesia trainee to the use video and low-fidelity simulation for teaching PA catheter insertion.

SLP Collection


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Nursing Commons