Honors College Theses

Publication Date



Nursing (BSN)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

Faculty Mentor

Mrs. Madelyn Lowrimore


Anesthesia management is diverse and complex. As a Registered Nurse (RN), it is imperative that the basic pathophysiology of anesthesia complications is understood in order to provide competent care. The effects of anesthesia can vary greatly depending on factors such as age, sex, health status, and lifestyle. Since there are several variables, it takes years of experience working with a diverse population to anticipate adverse effects and patient outcomes. Preparedness for anesthesia management could be improved through the use of simulations during nursing school relating to post-anesthesia care, as well as more in-depth lectures over the potential complications and pharmacodynamics associated with common anesthetics. In this study, an anonymous Qualtrics survey was conducted with senior-level Georgia Southern University undergraduate nursing students to determine the overall confidence level in the competency of providing post-anesthesia care. In conclusion, determining the confidence of undergraduate nursing students in providing competent post-anesthesia care is vital for the future success of nursing education.