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Anesthetist program gains grant funding

Monday, September 23, 2013

feeneyDr. Monika Feeney, in partnership with Dr. Colette Witkowski, received a $15,412 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration to fund the Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship (NAT) at Missouri State University.

The program, which includes 35 students, provides hands-on experience in anesthesia as well as thorough in-class lecture. Students are required to be a registered nurse and to have at least one year of experience before their application will be considered. Seven new students are added twice a year, making the program highly competitive.

“There’s a serious need for qualified anesthetists in rural areas and hospitals,” said Feeney.

The program spans 30 months, with students completing numerous hands-on cases in order to gain necessary experience. With 25 sites total, including some as far reaching as Oklahoma, students work in numerous hospitals and scenarios. The grant will be used to pay for the tuition of those students who are awarded the traineeship.

“The degree requires students to participate in at least 500 cases, but our students complete well over 1,000 by the time their program is done,” said Feeney.

MSU is listed among the top 10 schools of anesthetics in the nation.

Nurse anesthetists have been the main providers of anesthesia car to U.S. military personnel on the front lines since World War I, including current conflicts in the Middle East. Nurses first provided anesthesia to wounded soldiers during the Civil War, according to Feeny.

For more information, contact Feeney at (417) 836-5603 or MonikaFeeney@MissouriState.edu.

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