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Paul A. Hertel, DNP, CRNA

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Clinical Assistant Professor, Nurse Anesthesia Education

Nurse Anesthesia Education

Professional Background

Paul Hertel, DNP, CRNA, is a clinical assistant professor for the Department of Nurse Anesthesia. He has over ten years of experience working in both Kansas and Missouri as a certified registered nurse anesthetist.

Initially, Hertel worked for Anesthesia Associates of Kansas City at Menorah Medical Center. He later held a position at North Kansas City Hospital for Northland Anesthesiology, Inc. In December of 2006, he became a clinical instructor for KU's nurse anesthesia program at the KU Medical Center.

Academic Background
Hertel earned a bachelor's degree in psychology in 1991 followed by a bachelor's degree in nursing in 1993, both from the University of Colorado. He was awarded a master's degree in nurse anesthesia from the University of Kansas in 1999 and later a doctorate in nursing practice from the KU School of Nursing.

Clinical and Academic Focus
Hertel serves as co-instructor in the nurse anesthesia curriculum for courses in regional anesthesia and pain management, and two senior-level classes in nurse anesthesia theory. He divides his time clinically between teaching cardiothoracic anesthesia at The University of Kansas Hospital Center for Advanced Heart Care and instructing new students during their first three months of clinical training. He also has a strong interest in political development for nurse anesthesia students.