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Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA) Graduate from the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program

December 12, 2013

The first three Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) graduates from the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program have completed their degree.

update January 13, 2014: The Program of Nurse Anesthesia’s Class of 2013 just received notice of a 100% Pass rate on their first attempt at taking the National Certification Exam for CRNA’s. Everyone in the Class of 2013 is now Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist.

Marc Code, Phyllis Kantor, and Raji Menon sought this level of preparation in response to a variety of motivating factors such as increased knowledge to advance practice as a provider and faculty member, but also, the recommendation to increase the level of preparation for CRNAs from master's to doctoral level by 2025.

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) suggested that the DNP be the terminal degree for advanced practice nursing beginning in 2015. (click here for more information). That would include Nurse Practitioner (NPs), Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs), certified nurse midwives, and clinical nurse specialists.

Furthermore, the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) supports the AACN recommendation stating that "the board unanimously adopted the position of supporting doctoral education for entry into nurse anesthesia practice by 2025."

“Marc Code, Phyllis Kantor, and Raji Menon exemplified the objectives of DNP education particularly with regard to practice and policy change as well as leadership,” said Michelle Hampton, Associate Professor and Interim Doctor of Nursing Practice Program Director.

Each student pursued a unique Capstone Project. Marc Code explored solutions to reduce anxiety levels in CRNA students to promote greater learning during simulation. Phyllis Kantor developed a policy brief regarding maximizing CRNA scope of practice in the state of Nevada. And Raji Menon developed and implemented an obstetric life support training program for Kaiser Permanente obstetric care providers in the Northern California region.

“Their impressive efforts have the potential to affect education, policy, and practice now, and in the future,” said Hampton.

Pictured above are the CRNA graduates: Raji Menon (adjunct faculty member), Phyllis Kantor (adjunct professor in our CRNA program), and Marc Code (Director, Program of Nurse Anesthesia)