SIUE Nursing’s New Anesthesia Specialization Draws Nationwide Interest

As the application deadline came to a close on June 30, the SIUE School of Nursing received a total of 102 applications for only 24 open positions in its first doctor of nurse practice (DNP) nurse anesthesia specialization cohort. The impressive pool of DNP nurse anesthesia specialization applicants are from all over the U.S.

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SIUE's Dr. Andrew Griffin

... prepares registered nurses with baccalaureate degrees to provide individualized anesthetic patient care for diagnostic, therapeutic or pain management procedures.

Edwardsville, IL (PRWEB) August 19, 2014

As the application deadline came to a close on June 30, the SIUE School of Nursing received a total of 102 applications for only 24 open positions in its first doctor of nurse practice (DNP) nurse anesthesia specialization cohort. The next step of the application process involves narrowing down the applicants to half before scheduling interviews.

“It will be difficult to narrow the applicant pool down to 50 for interviews as the student candidates are strong,” said Dr. Andrew Griffin, nurse anesthesia director, and assistant professor and department chair for primary care and health systems nursing. “They have solid academic backgrounds and significant work experiences.”

The impressive pool of DNP nurse anesthesia specialization applicants are from all over the U.S., including Florida, Texas, Tennessee, Wisconsin, New Jersey, Kansas, California, Nebraska, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Georgia.

The DNP nurse anesthesia specialization prepares registered nurses with baccalaureate degrees to provide individualized anesthetic patient care for diagnostic, therapeutic or pain management procedures. The program offers courses and clinical experiences that meet or exceed the standards of the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice.

Within the specialization, students learn to provide anesthetic care in diverse settings, including both rural and urban settings. Following graduation, students are eligible to take the National Certification Examination offered by the National Board on Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists. The DNP nurse anesthesia specialization is offered full-time over nine semesters (36 months) at the Edwardsville campus.

To learn more information about the DNP Nurse Anesthesia program, visit the SIUE School of Nursing.

The SIUE School of Nursing’s fully accredited programs are committed to creating excellence in nursing leadership through innovative teaching, evidence-based practice, quality research, patient advocacy and community service. Enrolling nearly 1,200 students in its baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral programs, the School develops leaders in pursuit of shaping the nursing profession and impacting the health care environment. Through expanded programs located on the SIU Carbondale campus and SIU School of Medicine campus, the SIUE School of Nursing is helping to solve the region’s shortage of baccalaureate-prepared nurses and enhance the quality of nursing practice within hospitals and medical centers.


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