I have been a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) since 1998 and have practiced during that time here at the University of Iowa. Prior to beginning my education as a nurse anesthetist, I practiced briefly in an adult cardiac unit in Des Moines, and then came to the UI where I worked for five years in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. With this background in pediatrics, I particularly enjoy the unique challenges and rewards of pediatric anesthesia. In 2004 I completed my PhD in Science Education with an emphasis in human physiology. This course of study has afforded me the privilege of helping to prepare new nurse anesthetists for practice both in the classroom and in the operating room environment. I teach an integrative physiology and assessment course for our nurse anesthesia students focusing on essential anatomy, cellular and systems physiology, and pathophysiology, as well as conducting classroom sessions in Pharmacology and Principles of Nurse Anesthesia sequences. My research interests center on testing and performance assessment using high-fidelity patient simulation systems. During the course of my doctoral preparation, I had the privilege of working with an outstanding mentor in the areas of research design and performance assessment, and am continuing to benefit from an ongoing collaboration. I am looking forward to papers from my early work in the area of performance assessment and high-fidelity patient simulation being published soon, and am continuing to focus my research efforts on delineating best practices for education and performance assessment in the simulation setting. I have edited or co-authored three books and written numerous papers on health-related issues in the Pacific Islands , and have co-edited a book on the interplay between family situation and the conduct of international fieldwork. I have also taught students and practicing health professionals in Micronesia and Papua New Guinea, and have been involved with global health studies at The University of Iowa since the mid-1980s. PhD in Science Education, specialization in human physiology, University of Iowa MSN, University of Iowa College of Nursing, specilization in Nurse Anesthesia BSN, Grand View College, Des Moines, IA
Thyroid Storm Precipitated by Stress in an Undiagnosed Hyperthyroid Patient: A Simulated Medical Crisis (with P. A. Leonard and J. L. Cutkomp), Simulation in healthcare (2011)
Operating room managerial decision-making on the day of surgery with and without computer recommendations and status displays (with F. Dexter and J. D. Lee), Anesthesia and Analgesia (2007)
BACKGROUND: There are three basic types of decision aids to facilitate operating room (OR) management...
Anesthesia concerns for children with tuberous sclerosis (with S. Septer and E. S. Thompson), AANA Journal (2006)
Tuberous sclerosis (TS) is a relatively rare, autosomal dominant syndrome that displays high genetic penetrance...