Faculty Profile

Joseph Janakes
Assistant Professor
MSN Nurse Anesthesia

Joseph Janakes CRNA, MSN is the Associate Director, Program Clinical Coordinator and Associate Professor at the Program of Nurse Anesthesia at the University. He graduated from the Nurse Anesthesia Program at the University in 2006 and returned to the University in 2012 after becoming the Associate Director for the Program of Nurse Anesthesia. He maintains a clinical practice and is passionate about regional anesthesia techniques and high risk obstetrical anesthesia. Joseph is also very active in regional and national nurse anesthesia associations.

University of Nevada Las Vegas NV

Currently enrolled student in Doctorate of Philosophy program (PhD)

Area of Study Concentration: Nursing Education 

Areas of Research Interest: Nurse Anesthesia Education enhanced with Simulation; Acute and Chronic Pain Management

Anticipated Completion 2018


Samuel Merritt University, Oakland CA

Masters of Science in Nursing (2006)

Area of Concentration: Nurse Anesthesia                                                                                                                                                               


Samuel Merritt University, Oakland CA

Bachelors of Science in Nursing (2003)

Equivalent Accelerated                                                                                                                                                                                           


University of California, Davis CA

B.A. Political Science (2001)                                                                                                                                                                                          

Areas of Concentration: Constitutional Law and International Relations

Acute and Chronic Pain Management

Integration of Simulation into Nurse Anesthesia Education

Peripheral Regional Anesthesia Techniques

N606: Special Projects
Oral Comprehensive Examinations

N651L:Companion course to Basic Principles of Anesthesia I. Laboratory sessions, including the use of an anesthesia patient simulator, are designed to operationalize theoretical concepts.

N655/N655L: Basic Principles of Anesthesia II
Lecture and seminar discussion in the study of the anesthetic implications of common and complex patient comorbidities (anemia, endocrine disorders, diabetes mellitus, morbid obesity, immunologic and mental disease) through the lifespan (pediatric through geriatric) and management of selected surgical procedures. Focus is on the procedural requirements of the surgeries, equipment used for anesthesia and surgery, and the appropriate anesthetic techniques and strategies, taking into account the patient’s comorbidities including age related needs (and all other relevant facets of the perioperative setting). Advanced technical skills (regional anesthesia, difficult airway management, invasive monitoring) are covered in simulated sessions (laboratory) which also utilizes
the anesthesia patient simulator to further operationalize theoretical and critical thinking concepts. 

N656L, N658L, N661L, N663L, N664L, N665: Clinical Courses
Supervised experiences in clinical anesthetic management of ASA class I and VI patients involving all perioperative activities of general, regional and MAC cases. Case distribution and management will fulfill the requirements of the Council on Certification

California Association of Nurse Anesthetists Presenter 2010-2012
Why are PAC’s Important?
CANA: Leading the Practice and Profession of Nurse Anesthesia
Nurse Anesthesia Leadership (part I and II)
California Association of Nurse Anesthetists

Hawaii Association of Nurse Anesthetists Presenter 2011
Educational Conference Lecturer
OB Update 2011: Thrombolic Pathophysiology and Neuraxial Anesthesia
Why are PAC’s important?
Opt Out Review and Update

Professional Leadership Service

American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, Chicago IL

2012-2014 State Organizational Development Committee Member

California Association of Nurse Anesthetists, Sonoma CA

2012-2013 Leadership Development Committee Chair
2011-2012 President
2010-2011 President Elect
2007-2010 Board of Directors-Trustee
2007-2011 California Association of Nurse Anesthetists Political Action Committee Chair
2007-2010 State Government Relations Committee Chair
2004–2006 Student Representative to Board of Directors

California Association of Nurse Anesthetists Foundation, Huntington Beach, CA

2013-2014 California Association of Nurse Anesthetists Foundation Secretary
2012-2013 California Association of Nurse Anesthetists Foundation Board Member

Community Service

Dublin Little League
Little League Baseball Coach
Dublin United Soccer League
Youth Soccer Coach

Professional Memberships

University of California Davis Alumni Association
Samuel Merritt University Alumni Association
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
California Association of Nurse Anesthetists


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