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Anesthetist Certification Board Tabs DNP Alumnus for Fellowship

Mike Anderson (DNP ’14) was recently appointed by the National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) as the 2014-2015 Emerging Leader Fellow. The NBCRNA is the certification organization for all Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) in the United States.

“My election as the Emerging Leader Fellow is a tremendous honor. The NBCRNA is an entity that is charged with protecting patients and ensuring safety, which are of tremendous interest to me, as my DNP project dealt with infection control and ensuring patient safety,” said Anderson. “I am also passionate about education and have been involved with the NBCRNA Continued Professional Certification subcommittee related to developing the recertification process and the continuing education requirements involved with that program.”

This one-year fellowship is available for nurse anesthetists who have been certified in the last five years, and who show potential to act as future leaders in nurse anesthesia credentialing. Fellows will be exposed to board governance, high-level decision making, and trends affecting the future of credentialing.​

“My ultimate goal is to become a director for an anesthesia nursing program,” noted Anderson. “I would also like to continue my involvement with state and national associations and maybe someday become a board member of the NBCRNA or AANA.”

Anderson is a CRNA at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC) and is also a very active educator in the College of Nursing’s nurse anesthesia program.  

“I am fortunate to have the opportunity to teach clinicals and didactics in the college’s anesthesia program,” he added. “I have always been fascinated by the operating room environment and have enjoyed physiology, pharmacology and technology. Becoming a CRNA was an excellent choice for me and I am so honored to be able perform anesthesia and do what I love.”

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The mission of the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) is to promote patient safety through credentialing programs that support lifelong learning. More information is available at

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Jul 9th, 2014