Joseph Janakes

Program Director, MSN Nurse Anesthesia Assistant Professor MSN, CRNA

Programs and Courses Taught

Program of Nurse Anesthesia

N652 Advanced Pharmacology I, N654 Advanced Pharmacology II, N628 Oral Comprehensive Exam, N656L-N665L Clinical Anesthesia I-VI

About Me

Joe was born and raised in San Francisco. He received his Bachelors Political Science from the University of California Davis before earning his accelerated BSN and MSN in Nurse Anesthesia from Samuel Merritt University. Joe is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Nevada Las Vegas with research interests in simulated ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia. Before transitioning into nurse anesthesia education, Joe was active in professional advocacy and was President of the California Association of Nurse Anesthetists in 2011-2012.  He joined the Program of Nurse Anesthesia faculty in 2013 and became Director in 2017. Joe maintains a clinical practice at the San Leandro Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, enjoys high-risk obstetrical anesthesia and regional anesthesia. In his spare time, he is an avid runner, coaches youth baseball and soccer, enjoys spending time with his high school sweetheart and their four children.


University of Nevada Las Vegas NV
Currently enrolled student in Doctorate of Philosophy program (Ph.D.)
Area of Study Concentration: Nursing Education
Anticipated Completion 2020

Samuel Merritt University, Oakland CA
Masters of Science in Nursing (2006)
Area of Concentration: Nurse Anesthesia                                                                                                                                                              
Bachelors of Science in Nursing (2003)
Equivalent Accelerated                                                                                                                                                                                  
University of California, Davis CA
B.A. Political Science (2001)

Teaching Interests

Acute and Chronic Pain Management

Integration of Simulation into Nurse Anesthesia Education

Peripheral Regional Anesthesia Techniques

Scholarly Interests

Nurse anesthesia education enhanced with simulation. Specifically simulated experiential learning interventions utilizing task trainers for ultrasound guided regional anesthesia. 

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

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

Community Service

Diversity in Nurse Anesthesia Mentorship Program