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The Uniformed Services University Nurse Anesthesia Program: The Past, Present and Future(1 Class A CE)

Sunday, September 23
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
Location: Room 210, Hynes

History of the Uniformed Services University (USU) Innovation Program has not yet been documented. This presentation will include general knowledge about the history of this current anesthesia program using simulation and innovative technologies to connect clinical sites throughout the U.S.

Learning Objectives:

E. Jane McCarthy, PhD, CRNA, FAAN

University of North Florida
OLNEY, Maryland

Dr. Jane McCarthy is a nurse anesthetist and pulmonary physiologist who founded the nurse anesthesia program at the Uniformed Serivces University in 1993 educating nurse anesthetists for the Army, Navy, Air Force and US Public Health Service. As an Army Nurse Corps officer she worked as a triage nurse at the 95th Army Evacuation Hospital in Da Nang, South Viet Nam 1970-1971. Her work with veterans has continued over the years serving on the Montgomery County, MD Veterans Commision with an interest in post traumatic stress. She shares her experiences with war as a nurse at differnt venues including high schools, nursing schools and recently on Memorial Day as a speaker for the 25th anniversary of the VIet Nam Nurses Memorial in Washington, DC.


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John M. O'Donnell, DrPH, MSN, CRNA, CHSE

Professor and Chair, Department of Nurse Anesthesia, Director Nurse Anesthesia Program
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Dr. John O'Donnell is professor and chair of the University of Pittsburgh Department of Nurse Anesthesia and has been Director of the Pitt Nurse Anesthesia Program since 1994. Dr. O’Donnell is also the associate director at the world-renowned Winter Institute for Simulation Education (WISER), co-chairs the WISER Research Committee, and as part of his international work co-authored the iSIM (Improving Simulation Instructional Methods) faculty development course that has been offered in more than 20 nations and has been translated into multiple languages. Dr. O’Donnell has published and presented extensively in the areas of anesthesia education and practice and in the area of simulation educational methodology and recently co-founded a new start-up company, LUMIS Corp. which has developed a new augmented reality simulation educational system using the inSight platform.

Disclosure- Co-founder and Consultant for LUMIS Corp; Consultant for Private Simulation Consulting


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Nathaniel Apatov, PhD, MSN, MHS, CRNA

Associate Professor and Program Director
Old Dominion University
Norfolk, Virginia

Dr. Nathaniel Apatov is a retired Army officer and is the current Chair of the Education Committee and has been a CRNA Educator for 25 years. He has educated nurses, physicians, and graduate students in anesethesia, pharmacology, physiology, and research. Clearly, he is solid bro.


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Adrienne Hartgerink, DNP, MSN, Lt Col Ret

Associate Director
Old Dominion University

Dr. Hartgerink has been educating our future nurse anesthetists for over 16 years including 5 years as a Program Director and over 6 as an Associate Program Director. She served on the AANA Wellness and Chemical Dependency Curriculum Task Force, and two terms on the Health and Wellness Committee. Dr. Hartgerink is also the author of “Health and Wellness in Nurse Anesthesia Education” in the 2nd edition of A Resource for Nurse Anesthesia Educators and has always had a passion for helping students deal with the stress of anesthesia school. Dr. Hartgerink currently serves as the Associate Director for Old Dominion University.


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John P. McDonough, EdD, CRNA, ARNP

Director, Nurse Anesthesia Program
University of North Florida


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Jerrol B. Wallace, DNP, MSN, CRNA

Program Director/Assistant Professor
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences/US Navy
Kensington, Maryland

Dr. Wallace is a Commander in the United States Navy and has served for over 25 years. He is the Program Director and Assistant Professor at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Science's Graduate School of Nursings Anesthesia Program. His research areas include regional anesthesia and Women's Health. He is the immediate President of the Virginia Association of Nurse Anesthetists.


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