Director of Clinical Affairs
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Nurse Anesthesia Education
Donna S. Nyght, CRNA, DNP, is clinical assistant professor, department chair, and Director of Clinical Education. She has almost twenty years of CRNA experience, working ten years as a staff nurse anesthetist in the Kansas City area for Anesthesia Associates of Kansas City and Northland Anesthesiology, Inc. In addition, she has worked as a locum CRNA in both rural and urban facilities her entire career. Dr. Nyght served six years as a reservist in the Army Nurse Corps, joining the Army STRAP program while in nurse anesthesia training. In 2004, she returned to her alma mater as a clinical instructor and transitioned through the roles of Director of Clinical Education, Assistant Program Director, Interim Department Chair, and became Department Chair in January 2008.
Dr. Nyght received a BSN from the University of Kansas in 1977. While working as an instructor in the LPN Program at NEKA Vo-Tech School in Atchison, Ks, she pursued a MS in adult education from Pittsburg State University, graduating in 1991. In 1993, Dr. Nyght graduated from the University of Kansas with a MS in Nurse Anesthesia. Her master’s thesis, “Measurement of Physiologic Stress Responses in Nurse Anesthesia Students During Induction of General Anesthesia” was summarized in the AANA Journal, Vol. 62, page 350. Dr. Nyght presented her thesis findings at the 1994 AANA National Meeting in Washington, D.C. In December 2010, she earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice from the KU School of Nursing. Dr. Nyght is a member of Sigma Theta Tau and Phi Kappa Phi honorary societies.
Clinical and Academic Focus
Dr. Nyght currently teaches professional aspects of anesthesia and is a guest lecturer in several nurse anesthesia courses. She serves as Director of Clinical Education and is in charge of student clinical scheduling at KU Hospital. She also oversees the affiliate sites and coordinates the student affiliate scheduling. She teaches in all areas of clinical and most enjoys pediatrics, outpatient surgery at KU MedWest, and specialty areas such as GI and Interventional Radiology.
Dr. Nyght’s primary areas of interest for clinical or student Capstone projects include: substance abuse in anesthesia, alumni outreach, support of student mission trips, and nurse anesthesia professionalism. Dr. Nyght's DNP Capstone Project consisted of developing an educational module on substance abuse for student nurse anesthetists.