Assistant Program Director
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Nurse Anesthesia Education
Karri Arndt, CRNA, DNP, is Assistant Program Director for the KU Department of Nurse Anesthesia Education. She has over ten years of public and private practice experience in nurse anesthesia in both urban and rural facilities throughout Kansas and Missouri. Currently holding the rank of clinical assistant professor, Dr. Arndt is responsible for both didactic and clinical instruction for nurse anesthesia students at all educational levels.
Dr. Arndt received an ADN from Central Community College in Grand Island, Neb., in 1992 and a BSN from Clarkson College in 1996. She received the George G. DeVane Clinical Excellence Award while earning an MS in Nurse Anesthesia from the University of Kansas in 1999. Her thesis, “Comparison of Remifentanil Versus Fentanyl General Anesthesia for Short Outpatient Urologic Procedures,” was later published in Signa Vitae 2009; 4(2): 23-29.
In addition to her role as faculty member, Dr. Arndt recently completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the KU School of Nursing with a major in advanced clinical nursing science and a minor in nursing education.
Dr. Arndt is a member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, the Missouri Association of Nurse Anesthetists, Sigma Theta Tau International, and the National Association of Professional Women.
Clinical and Academic Focus
Dr. Arndt presently teaches advanced physical assessment and monitoring for anesthesia, foundations of anesthesia practice, and co-teaches three of the junior- and senior-level advanced theory in anesthesia courses. She also engages in clinical instruction at all educational levels of nurse anesthesia students on the main campus and the ambulatory surgery center.
Dr. Arndt’s primary area of research interest is focused upon the impact that obesity has on both the adult and pediatric population in the perioperative period. Other interests include wellness and health promotion among anesthesia providers.