LMU Celebrating National CRNA Week


CRNA WeekThe Lincoln Memorial University-Caylor School of Nursing (LMU-CSON) joins the nationwide celebration of the critical role of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) during National CRNA Week, January 24-30. The theme for this year’s celebration is “Experts you Can Trust. Care You Count On.”  

Since 2000, National CRNA Week has been an annual celebration of the nation’s more than 57,000 nurse anesthetists. In 2021, as the world continues to navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic, it is especially important to reflect on the heroic work of CRNAs, recognize the power of this community of nurses and look forward to a future of providing safe and effective anesthesia care to all patients.

In celebration of CRNA Week, LMU will be highlighting its alumni in social media and profiling current students. “The LMU-CSON has excellent CRNA alumni who are highly qualified and competent as clinical providers serving across the region,” said Dr. Tammy Dean, dean of the LMU-CSON. “These CRNAs are delivering patient care to individuals and their families, not just in the LMU service areas, but beyond in many other regions. I commend the faculty commitment to educating both these past outstanding graduate alumni and the current students, especially with the additional challenges nurses face due to COVID-19.”

Nurse anesthetists have been providing anesthesia care to patients in the United States for more than 150 years. The CRNA credential came into existence in 1956. CRNAs are anesthesia professionals who safely administer more than 49 million anesthetics to patients each year in the United States, according to the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) 2019 member profile survey. In rural areas the service of CRNAs is even more prolific with CRNAs serving as primary providers of anesthesia care, enabling health care facilities in these medically underserved areas to offer obstetrical, surgical, pain management, and trauma stabilization services.

The LMU-CSON Master of Science in Nursing Nurse Anesthetist concentration began in 2008. The University has graduated nearly 200 nurse anesthetists in 12 years. The LMU MSN nurse anesthesia concentration prepares nurses in an advanced practice role with competencies in nurse anesthesia across the life span. The 28-month program requires 81 semester hours of graduate course work, including five semesters in clinical practicum, a comprehensive exam, and a completed directed scholarly project. Accreditation and educational standards will be changing in 2022. The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Education Program (COA) has set January 1, 2022 as the date for all students matriculating into a nurse anesthesia education program, to do so in a program approved by the COA to award a practice doctoral degree. LMU has submitted its application to COA for the approval to award the Doctor of Nursing Practice in Nurse Anesthesia. Pending approval COA, the CSON plans to enroll its first doctoral cohort of students in January 2022.

LMU is currently recruiting for its last cohort of MSN nurse anesthesia students. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2021. Classes will begin on the LMU main campus in Harrogate, Tennessee. Students are required to travel for clinical rotations in hospitals/affiliates in Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia and Georgia.

Enrollment in the LMU-CSON has increased exponentially over the last decade with the addition of new programs and concentrations. The LMU-CSON offers a variety of degree options to meet nurses’ career goals including an Licensed Practical Nurse-Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN), the Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN), the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), the Registered Nurse-Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN), the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with concentrations including Family Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Administration, Nurse Anesthesia and Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).

Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423-869-6280 or email at admissions@LMUnet.edu.

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