This session is an introduction to the various Advanced Professional/Doctorate degrees in Nursing or Nurse Anesthesia that are currently pursuable by the Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. A panel of CRNAs from each respective discipline will discuss the path to their chosen degree, along with examples of what each degree provides, and discussion on how the participants have implemented it within their career. This session aims to demystify what is possible beyond a Master’s Degree and to forecast which professional avenues each postmaster’s degrees may be able to open.
Michael J Anderson, DNP, CRNA, ARNP
Dr. Anderson received his MSN from the Cleveland Clinic/Case Western Reserve University Anesthesia Nursing Program in 2008. He joined the University of Iowa Department of Anesthesia shortly thereafter and has worked as a staff CRNA since. Dr. Anderson received his DNP in 2014 from the University of Iowa and his capstone project focused on Infection Control in the Operating Room. His research and clinical interests include neuroanesthesia, infection control, the evolution of teaching and continuing education and evidence-based practice and quality assurance research. Dr. Anderson is also very involved with the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA), the Iowa Association of Nurse Anesthetists (IANA) and was the Emerging Leader Fellow for the National Board of Certification & Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) from 2014-2016. Dr. Anderson was appointed Clinical Coordinator for UI’s Anesthesia Nursing Program in August, 2015.
Terri Durbin, DNP, PhD, CRNA, APRN
Dr. Durbin earned an MSN in Nurse Anesthesia from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, a DNP in Acute Care Nursing from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Tennessee, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Education at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Dr. Durbin teaches in the Nurse Anesthesia concentration at the University of Tennessee. Her research interests are diversity in nursing and nurse anesthesia, design thinking and nursing, and cultural competence in nurse anesthesia. Dr. Durbin has served in the Tennessee Association of Nurse Anesthetists on the Board of Directors (as President-elect, President, and Government Relations committee chair), and as Federal political Director. She serves in the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists as a member of the Government Relations committee, and is a member of the Rural Health Association of Tennessee. Her policy interests include access to care for veterans and rural communities.
Melissa Lucas, JD, DNP, MBA, CRNA
Melissa graduated anesthesia school in 1999. She’s worked clinically in a myriad of clinical scenarios including independent practice. She has served as an assistant program director and an adjunct professor on the University level. She graduated law school in early 2019 and passed the California general bar exam in July 2019.
Randall Moore, PhD, MBA, CRNA
Dr. Randall Moore became the Chief Executive Officer of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists on September 5, 2017. Prior to that, Randy served as a senior hospital administrator with Passavant Area Hospital/Memorial Health System in Jacksonville, IL. In addition to Randy’s hospital leadership experience, he has served as AANA Treasurer and Region 3 Director. In addition to his service to the AANA, Randy has held various leadership positions within the Illinois Association of Nurse Anesthetists – including region director, government relations chair, and president. Randy is retired from the Army Reserve after 22 years of military service. He has served in both the Illinois Army National Guard and Army Reserve as an infantryman, combat medic and CRNA. In 2012, Randy deployed with a Forward Surgical Team in Afghanistan providing combat causality care. Randy holds a Doctorate in Nursing Practice from The University of Alabama, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Southern Illinois University, a Master’s of Science in Nursing from Bradley University, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Northern Illinois University.
Bryan Tune, PhD, FNP, CRNA
Dr. Tune holds a full time professorial appointment at California State University, Fresno. In addition he is the co-founder and managing partner of Central California Anesthesia Solutions. As a board certified FNP, Dr. Tune also provides per diem urgent care services in a rural community clinic and on annual medical mission trips.
Following the presentation, the panelists from each respective discipline will each host a breakout session, along with other panelists, where attendees can ask questions and continue the conversation.
- Randall Moore, PhD, MBA, CRNA
- Debbie Malina, CRNA, DNSc, MBA, FNAP
- Garry Brydges, PhD, DNP, MBA,CRNA, ACNP-BC, FAAN
- Bryan Tune, PhD, FNP, CRNA
- Mike Mackinnon, DNP, FNP-C, CRNA
- Ron Ray, DNAP, CRNA, FNP-C, ENP-C
- Terri Durbin, DNP, PhD, CRNA, APRN
- Dru Riddle, PhD, DNP, CRNA, FAAN
- Dianna M. Heikkila, PhD, CRNA
- Sarah Giron, PhD, CRNA
- Michael J Anderson, DNP, CRNA, ARNP
- Sharon Pearce, MSN, CRNA
- Lee Ranalli, DNP, CRNA
- Regalado A. Valerio Jr., DNP, CRNA, CHSE
- Melissa Lucas, JD, DNP, MBA, CRNA
- Chris Moore, BSN, MSN, JD, CRNA