Newly Certified Nurse Anesthetists Ready to Make a Difference in Iowa, and Beyond
One hundred percent of the students who recently completed the University of Iowa’s Nurse Anesthesia Program (SRNAs) have passed their National Certification boards exam and are now practicing Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs).
UI’s College of Nursing offers the only program in the state with the purpose of educating nurse anesthetists to take care of Iowans. Since its inception in 1994, every graduate of the program (135) has passed the national certification boards.
“Of the 135 graduates, only 11 did not pass their certification exam on the first attempt. What makes this number even more impressive is that our attrition rate is also extremely low,” explained Cormac O’Sullivan, PhD, CRNA, ARNP, Nurse Anesthesia Program Director. “We have only had seven students (4.9%) who started the program not finish, and three of those were for medical reasons. When we decide to educate someone to be a remarkable CRNA, we do it, and we do it well.”
Congratulations to the entire SRNA Class of 2014:
According to O’Sullivan, three of these newly certified CRNAs took jobs at UI Hospitals and Clinics; one at the VA Medical Center in Iowa City; three in Des Moines; and two at medical facilities in rural Iowa. Two are working in rural parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin and another became an assistant professor with the anesthesia nursing program at University of Missouri, Kansas City.
Nurse anesthetists, or CRNAs, are a necessity in order for Iowa's hospitals to perform surgery, deliver babies, and operate emergency rooms. Without the ability to provide these services, many of Iowa's hospitals would likely go out of business and force people to travel for all medical care. Nurse anesthetists, often just called anesthetists, are the only anesthesia providers in 91 Iowa hospitals.
Additionally, nurse anesthetists work alongside physicians performing anesthesia (anesthesiologists) in 17 other hospitals around the state, including the more than 40 CRNAs at UI Hospitals and Clinics doing anesthesia for almost every type of operation.
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