Philosophy and Mission Statement

The curriculum of the St. Joseph Hospital School of Nurse Anesthesia evolves from the following statements of philosophy:

  • Demands of a more health-oriented citizenry for expanding health care requires continuing assessment, evaluation, and updating of all aspects of health, including education of health care providers.
  • Administration of anesthesia is an advanced nursing specialty, which is an essential component of the health care team.
  • The knowledge base, attitude, and clinical experience of select registered nurses can serve as the foundation for the preparation of competent, effective nurse anesthetists..
  • Qualified instructors and preceptors operating within an accredited comprehensive health agency contribute to the milieu for qualitative learning experiences for student nurse anesthetists as they become self-directed.
  • Learning is a life-long process and the continued development of each nurse anesthetist is an essential individual, moral and professional responsibility.

Mission Statement

St. Joseph Hospital School of Nurse Anesthesia aims to enhance and expand the knowledge, attitude, and skills of the professional nurse in a graduate framework so that he/she, as a nurse anesthetist, can function safely and effectively in any setting with patients of all ages. This is accomplished through application of educational principles, methodology, theory, and practice in the range of activities related to anesthesia through optimum utilization of clinical and other learning resources. This is guided by the values of respect, compassion, responsibility and teamwork.