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The latest updates and activities can be found in the most recent issue of the department's newsletter.

Mid Year Assembly
large group of people with signs in front of governament buildingsThe 2016 AANA Mid-Year Assembly was held at the Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown Hotel April 2-6. More than 1,100 CRNAs and SRNAs gathered to discuss issues facing health care and nurse anesthesia. The annual advocacy conference for CRNA practice on the federal level is an opportunity to update Congress on legislative and policy issues affecting the delivery of safe and effective anesthesia care.
Read more in the fall 2016 newsletter.

group of people in scrubsMission Trip to Guatemala
Funds generated by KU nurse anesthesia alumni sponsored students Kory Krahl and Michaela Bird to join a medical mission to Antigua, Guatemala in June 2016. They provided anesthesia care during pediatric and adult general surgery for the underserved population under the guidance of faculty member Paul Bennetts.

The Kansas City chapter of Medical Missions Foundation sponsored the trip which included more than 80 team members working at the hospital Obras Sociales del Santo Hermano Pedro.
Read more in the fall 2016 newsletter.

large group of people standing in the capitol building2016 Kansas Nurse Anesthesia Lobby
The seventh annual Kansas Association of Nurse Anesthetists Lobby Day was held at the state capitol in Topeka on January 27, 2016. The day saw record-breaking attendance with 59 student registered nurse anesthetists and certified registered nurse anesthetists present.

Students from Newman University, Texas Wesleyan University, and the University of Kansas all participated with some students originally hailing from as far away as Guatemala and Cameroon. The purpose of this important day is to promote the CRNA profession and increase student awareness and participation in political activities that impact nurse anesthesia practice. Read more in the spring 2016 newsletter.

group of students around a table watching demo of airway mannikinStudents Educate and Inspire High School Students
As part of their leadership project, two Class of 2017 students spoke with approximately 40 students in the Blue Valley School District regarding the profession of nurse anesthesia. Paige Dempsey and Amy Dreiling presented on the history and role of nurse anesthetists as well as the education required to become a certified registered nurse anesthetist.

They also demonstrated how to properly mask, ventilate, and intubate, and then helped the high school students practice these skills in a hands-on simulation period with airway mannequins.

The goal of this event was to educate and inspire future generations of nurse anesthetists. It was held through the Blue Valley Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS). Divided into "strands" dedicated to various fields of study, CAPS allows students unique opportunities and education in their area(s) of interest.

Male graduate holds up infant


Nurse anesthesia graduates were recognized at the 2014 doctoral hooding ceremony. See photos

The KU nurse anesthesia group with Kansas House Speaker Ray Merrick

KU CRNAs attend 2014 Lobby Day at Kansas Capitol.

Simulation lab provides hands-on clinical experience for KU nurse anesthesia students

four nurse anesthesia students working in the simulation labFar away from the bright lights and often tense atmosphere of an actual operating room, students in the University of Kansas nurse anesthesia program hone their skills in the less-intimidating environment of a patient simulation surgical suite at Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City, Mo. Story

Group of students pose in front of banner at annual alumni tailgate

Above: Students from KU's latest nurse anesthesia class enjoy the program's annual alumni tailgate held before a home football game, September 2013.

photo showing audiologist with client from Guatemala

The lives of people from one of the world’s poorest countries were touched by a team of medical professionals from the Kansas City area on a recent Medical Missions Foundation trip to Guatemala.

Members from KU's nurse anesthesia program joined a team of physicians, nurses, audiologists, medical students and other health professionals from the University of Kansas Medical Center, The University of Kansas Hospital, Children’s Mercy Hospital and other Kansas City and Midwest health care institutions. They performed 95 surgeries and treated 145 patients during the trip in June 2013. Read more

Among the first 10% of programs nationally to receive DNP approval, KU's Nurse Anesthesia program is on the leading edge with the new entry-level clinical doctorate. Story Aug. 20, 2012

KU students travel to state capitol, promote importance of CRNAs in health care for Kansas citizens. KU Nurse Anesthesia Representatives at Capitol (photo)

The Fourth Annual Nurse Anesthesia Lobby Day took place January 24, 2012, at the Kansas State Capitol Building in Topeka, Kan. Story

Hooding ceremony 2011 (photo)Congratulations,
Class of 2011!

Faculty joined family and friends in celebrating the Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia Class of 2011. Graduates were recognized for a job well done, including individual achievement awards, at the Department of Nurse Anesthesia Education hooding ceremony on May 20. See a photo gallery from event.

KU group at the Capitol (photo)

KU Nurse Anesthesia Group Attends AANA Assembly in Washington, D.C.

The Mid-Year Assembly of States provides an opportunity for nurse anesthesia students to develop expertise in federal legislative and regulatory issues and to learn about the legislative process. The event, hosted annually by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, included discussion in Federal health care programs, Medicare reimbursement and access the rural anesthesia.

Lobby Day group (photo)

Nurse Anesthetists Deliver Important Message at Third Annual Lobby Day

Three students from KU's Nurse Anesthesia program organized the session with legislators in conjunction with National Nurse Anesthetist Week. Read PDF document icon

KU Student and police officer (photo)

A family event suddenly turns frightening when a young boy is pulled from the bottom of a pool, unconscious and without a pulse. Luckily, a student in KU's nurse anesthesia program was nearby. Read PDF document icon

two former students standing with Baby Jay mascotFourth annual KU Nurse Anesthesia Alumni Tailgate a Great Success

Saturday, September 11, 2010, was a beautiful day for a tailgate! Alumni, students and faculty joined together for a great time – and the Jayhawks got a huge win against a nationally ranked Georgia Tech team! The tailgate attracts more alumni every year, which makes it a great way to reconnect with former students and support KU at the same time. See photos

Senior SRNAs work alongside anesthesiologist on medical mission trip (image)Medical Mission a First for Nurse Anesthesia Students

Three students from the KU Nurse Anesthesia program joined forces with the Kansas City-based Medical Mission Foundation to provide medical services in impoverished areas of Guatemala. The students, under supervision of volunteer anesthesiologists, performed regional and general anesthesia techniques to patients of all ages in a challenging environment. Read PDF document icon

Nurse Anesthesia Education program receives maximum accreditation status

Jun 15, 2010

On June 11, 2010, the directors of the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Education Programs (COA) informed the KU Nurse Anesthesia Education program that they had achieved maximum accreditation status.  Pursuant to the COA's decision, the Nurse Anesthesia Education program has been granted full accreditation through Spring 2020.

Very few programs receive a status of maximum accreditation.  Unlike most programs seeking accreditation, The KU Nurse Anesthesia Education program was not required to submit a progress report.  Additionally, very few programs are accredited for the full period of ten years.  The COA, in awarding this designation, noted the KU program's commitment to meeting the highest standards for continued accreditation.

Along with news of accreditation, the COA also informed the department that their graduates had achieved a first-time pass rate of 95 percent for 2009 - far exceeding the mandatory threshold of 72 percent.

Nurse Anesthesia Students, Faculty Visit Legislators in Topeka

The Second Annual Lobby Day was held at the Kansas state capitol in Topeka on January 26, 2010, to coincide with the celebration of National Nurse Anesthesia week. Read PDF document icon

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