Carol Elliott, CRNA, MPA, PhD
Department of Nurse Anesthesia Education
Carol Elliott, Ph.D., CRNA is professor emeritus in the Department of Nurse Anesthesia Education. She has more than thirty-five years experience in nurse anesthesia practice serving in the role of clinical and academic educator as well as program director/department chair from 1973-2007. She spent a total of 22 years in the United States Air Force and was a combat flight nurse for 15 years. She was deployed to active duty during Operation Desert Storm in the early 1990s, served seven years in the 442nd Medical Evacuation Hospital at Whitman Air Force base, and retired at the rank of Colonel.
Elliott received her basic nursing education at Penn Valley College, Kansas City, Mo. Her initial certification in nurse anesthesia was obtained from the University of Kansas Medical Center. She received a bachelor's degree in health administration from Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas, and a master's degree in public administration from the University of Kansas. Her master’s thesis was “Organizational Political: An Examination of Power.”
She earned her doctorate from the KU School of Nursing with a major in nursing science and a minor in educational technology. Her doctoral dissertation was “Using Aggregated Micro-Level Data as a Measure of Macro-Level Phenomena: The Case of the NDNQI-RN Satisfaction Survey.” She has many publications and has been a requested speaker at the local and national level.
Elliott is the course coordinator for a number of web-based nurse anesthesia curricular courses. She currently teaches advanced theory in anesthesia practice courses and co-teaches introduction to theory and research.
Elliott is committed to teaching nurse anesthesia students the research process and interpretation. She actively serves on a number of student capstone committees and provides structural and content guidance. She also advises and encourages the student and faculty to disseminate new evidence-based practice knowledge by scholarly publications. Further, she supports the program’s transition to doctoral (DNP) programming and the development of the long-term goal of a BSN-to-Ph.D. track.