What Our Graduates Say

“ In recent months we have had a large influx of CRNAs from other facilities ... our preparation as skilled providers through the nurse anesthesia program at KU has been praised. It is common, even as new grads, that we are leading the way in complex, challenging cases. ”

2012 Graduate

Graduates of KU's nurse anesthesia program share their experiences since leaving and explain how their training and education helped prepare them for their career.

"I am very happy with the education and clinical instruction I received at KU Medical Center. I felt confident in my knowledge and skills when I graduated and decided to join an independent practice. I have been very successful and have brought lots of new knowledge and techniques with me that have benefited everyone here. I would certainly choose to go to KU again." 2012 Graduate

"In recent months we have had a large influx of CRNAs from other facilities ... our preparation as skilled providers through the nurse anesthesia program at KU has been praised. It is common, even as new grads, that we are leading the way in complex, challenging cases." 2012 Graduate

"I was hired to an all-CRNA practice in rural Missouri. From day one I was on my own. My experiences at KU, and the affiliate sites, thoroughly prepared me for the challenges and responsibilities as an independent CRNA." 2011 Graduate

"Thank you so much to the KU nurse anesthesia program and instructors. As stressful as those three years of training were, I can honestly say that I feel competent and technically proficient because of all your help. I see how much more experience and confident that I have compared to fellow new graduate CRNAs from other programs." 2011 Graduate

"My first day I was assigned with the first call MD. After spending some time getting a tour and locating everything he said that our first case would be at 11:00 and would be a knee arthroplasty. I worked up the patient and almost in passing he asked me if I did any peripheral blocks. After telling him about my experience we gathered the supplies and in a few minutes I placed a femoral nerve block. His first comment after was, "Well, you sure know what you're doing. Why don't you just do this case." I ended up doing another block that day and have been given my own room ever since. Except in passing or for breaks, I don't even see a MD. This could not have been possible without the guidence and teaching from all of you! Again, thank you all. You may not always realize how important you are to those who leave the program, but I want you all to know from the bottom of my heart that I appreciated everything each of you did in contribution to my getting to this point." Dustin Bozwell, CRNA, Class of 2010

"I just wanted to write and tell you and the staff how much I appreciated the program you run. I am now working in an independent position and feel very confident in providing a safe anesthetic to any patient that comes along. And most importantly I love my job!" Todd McAllister, 2008 Graduate

“ Where I am working now, the CRNAs just started to do the hearts and things are going well. I have to admit that the experiences I received both at KU Med and Joplin have made the transition into the real world very easy. My coworkers ask me for advice about the hearts because almost all their programs didn't provide a solid CV experience. I would like to say thank you to all of the staff and faculty for the education and training I received. You said we would thank you when we were done and I thought "yeah right"!!! However, now that I am out and working I realize the great education that I received. Again, thanks for everything and best wishes.” 2005 Graduate

“ My first day (on the job) in the OR I was left alone, did not see my staff again; they must have had confidence in me. All the CRNAs that come to work for our group need to be one month with another CRNA for “orientation.” I was left alone by lunchtime and was told "just call us" if you have any problems. A year later and I still have not called them into my room and that includes induction/emergence, OB, etc.” 2004 Graduate

“ I have no doubt that I was VERY well prepared to enter practice and provide excellent care not only to my civilian patients, but also to the numerous trauma patients I cared for while on deployment in the military. I feel confident to practice solo or within a group.” 2003 Graduate

"I have not had any problem working as a locum tenums since graduation. I feel very confident in my anesthetic abilities. Being independent early in our clinical experience was key to fostering our own practice and judgment. Thank you.” 2002 Graduate

“ KU students are definitely ready to practice anesthesia when they graduate, especially compared to the (other) students who rotate through our facility.” 2001 Graduate


Employers have great things to say about graduates of KU's nurse anesthesia program

"She is in my mind the most talented CRNA, both in interpersonal skills and work product, that I have worked with in more than 2 years of private practice."

“She is in my mind the most talented CRNA, both in interpersonal skills and work product, that I have worked with in more than 2 years of private practice.”

Employer of a 2011 KU Graduate

"This graduate is exceptional. Thank you for preparing him so well."

“Good technically, very relaxed.”

“Became very independent quickly.”

“CRNA is an excellent practitioner. She is invaluable to the OB Anesthesia Department.”

“Well trained, works well with other professionals, liked by her patients. She is a credit to your program. Thanks.”

“CRNA has the ability to adapt and copes well with the ever changing scenarios in anesthesia. She performs with confidence in both the inpatient and outpatient arena. She has quickly become a valuable asset to our group.”

“Outstanding performance during deployment to Iraq with the 28th Combat Support Hospital; for example, excellent skill matched by good judgment and self-confidence in an austere setting requiring autonomous practice.”

“Excellent clinical skills and knowledge. Very pleased with her practice and level of ability.”

“I have been continually impressed with her clinical proficiency and competency, her knowledge base and her ability to function well in a relatively independent environment. I wish I could clone her!”

“Student is excellent in everything he does. Student is a big asset to our group.”

“Student is an outstanding anesthetist a highly skilled professional with a wide base of medical knowledge.”

“You produced a superior anesthetist.”

“Superb clinical academician.”

“Student is an excellent CRNA and a welcome addition to our staff.”

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