Date of Award

Spring 4-30-2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)




Kacy Ballard

First Committee Member

Brian Garrett


SRNA Handoff, Anesthesia Handoff, Anesthesia Simulation, SRNA, Handoff, Standardized Handoff

Subject Categories

Medicine and Health Sciences


Communication between healthcare providers is an essential aspect of caring for patients. Effective communication is vital during the patient handoff process. The patient handoff process involves exchanging patient’s medical information between a provider currently caring for the patient and the provider assuming care of the patient. If the information exchanged during the handoff process is inaccurate or essential information is omitted, that could potentially lead to harmful consequences for the patient. Currently, no standardized handoff tool exists for student registered nurse anesthesia students (SRNAs) in clinical practicum at the local level one trauma center. The lack of a standardized handoff tool at this facility suggests an increased likelihood of communication errors during the handoff process. The purpose of this quality improvement project is to implement a standardized handoff tool called the AneSBAR tool that SRNA students can utilize in their practice to ensure proper and effective handoffs in the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) and the intensive care unit (ICU). The inclusion criteria for the project are 2nd or 3rd-year SRNA students currently enrolled full-time in the local Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) program. The quality improvement project will follow a Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) model. Both qualitative and quantitative data will be collected to determine the impact of the standardized handoff tool. Data collected from surveys and simulations will determine if the PDSA cycle needs repeated or if the QI measure is ready for implementation.

Licensing Permission

Copyright, all rights reserved. Fair Use



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