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Incoming students who have been accepted to a CRNA program

 H3A On-board: Head, Heart, and Hands

This unique program fosters success for nurses who aspire to be excellent anesthetists. 

Development is focused on the three critical "H's" of success: 

  • technical knowledge (head
  • self-awareness of one's personality, strengths and weaknesses (heart)
  • and competence with manual skills (hands)


    New for 2018: Ultrasound Skills Workshop

    2018 H3A Onboard Registration

    Course Dates: August 6 - 7, 2018

    (for nurses admitted to a CRNA program)
    Please note that payments received for H3A workshops are non-refundable and non-transferable. 



The On-Board track is specially designed for the individual who has already been accepted into a nurse anesthesia program and serves as the introduction to a successful path as a student.

This course is based on a nationwide survey we conducted of nurse anesthesia students to determine the most important areas of learning need for new students. Years of faculty experience in observing successful students also informed the content of this seminar. Participants learn basic anesthesia knowledge, receive an introduction to the study of nurse anesthesia, and they are provided sound advice to put them on a pathway to success in their upcoming anesthesia program.  

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Course Agenda

Topics addressed in the two-day seminar include:

  • Academic skills for success
  • Learning style assessment and its application to successful academic skills
  • The challenges involved in the study of nurse anesthesia
  • Invasive airway management- routine and emergency techniques 
  • Anesthesia pharmacology
  • Physics of compressed gases, oxygen, and inhaled anesthetics. Live demonstration of gas laws and physical properties of gases.
  • Neurologic system anatomy and assessment.
  • Pulmonary physiology and management of mechanical ventilation.
  • Hands-on experiences with advanced skills such as:  
    • laryngoscopy
    • cricothyrotomy
    • spinal and epidural injections, and other anesthetic techniques

       Laboratory experiences will include practice on human cadaver specimens (subject to materials availability) 

Also included:

  • A "role-model luncheon" including discussion with accomplished CRNAs of national stature, and program administrators.
  • Candid discussion with other prospective and current students.

Incoming Wake Forest SRNAs

For those who have been granted admission to the Wake Forest Nurse Anesthesia Program, this seminar is highly recommended. By completing this seminar, you will have gained meaningful exposure to the challenges of being a student nurse anesthetist. You will also be armed with an understanding of your own additional learning needs, so that you may undertake additional individual preparation before you begin the program.

Due to the perceived value of this program in fostering success of anesthesia students, development of the H3A program was funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.

 In the H3A course, future nurse anesthesia students learn critical student success factors in the realms of academic and clinical skills.

Comments from participants in H3

  • "This course exceeded my expectations by far!"
  • "I would definitely recommend this course to my peers! It was very well thought-out and executed.
  • "It very much exceeded my expectations."
  • "Overall great way to start off school."
  • "The course was excellent. It really helped me realize what I need to do to be better prepared for school."
  • "The interactive lectures allowed me to learn to much! The cadaver lab was exceptional." 
  • "It made the next two years seem less scary!" 

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The H3A program was made possible with the assistance of the Piedmont Triad Partnership through a WIRED grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.


The H3A On-Board course for Wake Forest School of Medicine incoming students is scheduled for:

August 6-7, 2018


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Winston Salem, NC 27101  
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