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Karri L. Arndt, DNP, CRNA

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Department Chair, Nurse Anesthesia Education

Clinical Assistant Professor, Nurse Anesthesia Education

Professional Background

Karri Arndt, DNP, CRNA, is assistant program director for the KU Department of Nurse Anesthesia Education. She has more than 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, Arndt is responsible for both didactic and clinical instruction for nurse anesthesia students at all educational levels.

Academic Background
Arndt received an associate degree in nursing from Central Community College in Grand Island, Neb., in 1992 and a bachelor's degree in nursing from Clarkson College in 1996.

While earning a master's degree in nurse anesthesia from the University of Kansas, Arndt received the George G. DeVane Clinical Excellence Award and graduated in 1999. Her thesis, "Comparison of Remifentanil Versus Fentanyl General Anesthesia for Short Outpatient Urologic Procedures," was later published in Signa Vitae.

In addition to her role as faculty member, Arndt completed her doctorate in nursing practice from the KU School of Nursing with a major in advanced clinical nursing science and a minor in nursing education.

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
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 of The University of Kansas Health System.



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.