Faculty Profile

Orophenia Bollinger
MSN Nurse Anesthesia

Ora Bollinger is an Assistant Professor in the Program of Nurse Anesthesia (PNA).  Ora has been practicing anesthesia for 15 years in diverse clinical settings.  After graduating from the PNA in 2003, she returned in 2005 as a guest lecturer  and member of the Oral Comprehensive Exam Committee and Admissions Commitee. Ora also served as Regional Clinical Coordinator for the Sacramento Region in 2011-2013. In 2013, Ora became faculty and has been committed to educating nurses in becoming highly skilled and compassionate anesthesia providers.  Ora is dedicated and passionate in ensuring that future generations of nurse anesthetists meet the high standards that the profession requires. 

Samuel Merritt College  2003

  • Area of Concentration: Nurse Anesthesia


California State University, Chico  1997

  • Area of Concentration: Nursing


Texas Weselyan University, (in-progress)

  • Area of Concentration: Doctorate of Nurse Aneshtesia Practice



Obstetrical Anesthesia




N662- Advanced Principles of Anesthesia II 

This course is an integrated and comprehensive study of unique physiologic and pathologic states of primary body systems through the lifespan (neonate through geriatric patient population) related to the provision of anesthesia care to patients undergoing complex intracranial, extracranial, cardiovascular, spinal, transplant procedures.  The course includes a comprehensive study of unique physiologic and pathologic states affecting anesthesia care to the patient with a traumatic injury, and neuromuscular disease.  Areas of focuses include emphasis on producing culturally competent care providers, the anesthesia management of multisystem disease states and management of their complications.


N628 and N629- Senior Synthesis

All students in the Program of Nurse Anesthesia are required to complete all core MSN courses and a special synthesis project to satisfy the Synthesis requireement for a Master of Science in Nursing from SMU.  There are three components of the Senior Synthesis Project in the senior academic curriculum: 1) NURSG 627: the pharmacology comprehensive exams (PCE), 2) NURSG 628, the oral comprehensive exams; and 3) NURSG 629, the National Certification Examination (NCE) and Aneshtesia Crisis Resource Management (ACRM)  simulation sessions 1and 2. 


Clinical Anesthesia I-VI

Assist in supervision of 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 of Nurse Anesthesia Education Programs.  Provide advisement to students at regular intervals and as needed.



2013: Authored and designed a patient brochure for Postdural Puncture Headaches. This patient education tool was used as a template for other Kaiser OB departments in Northern California

2014-2016: Authored and distributed monthly OB Newsletter for anesthesia department

2009-2012: OB Lead/Lecturer and co-creator of a Kaiser Prenatal Class, "Anesthesia Options in Labor and Delivery"


  • Keynote Speaker, Program of Nurse Anesthesia Graduation Ceremony  2013
  • Keynote Speaker, Program of Nurse Anesthesia Graduation Ceremony  2015


  • Member, American Association of Nurse Anesthetists  2003 - present
  • Member, California Association of Nurse Anesthetists  2003- present
  • Member, California Association of Nurse Anesthetists  2003- present
  • Member, Kasier OB Committee  2012- 2016
  • Representative, Kaiser OB Champions  2015 



  • California Registered Nurse License #536502
  • California Registered Nurse Anesthetist License #3100
  • Certifications: BLS, ACLS, NRP



  • Nominated, SMU Faculty of the Year , 2016
  • Recipient, Yuri Nishimura Outstanding Clinical Faculty Award, 2012



Samuel Merritt University, Program of Nurse Anesthesia

  • Assistant Professor 2015-present
  • Instructor 2013-2015
  • Regional Clinical Coordinator, Sacramento 2011-2013
  • Member, Admissions Committee 2010-present
  • Member, Oral Comprehensive Exam Committee 2006- present
  • Guest Lecturer 2005-2013
  • Clinical Instructor/Preceptor 2004 - present



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