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AFN Message from Division Director

The Anesthesia for Nurses program has a lot to be proud of this year! The program continues to attract dedicated, engaged, and intelligent students from South Carolina and across the country. We have invested in technology that will prepare our students for both entry to the operating room and management of rare, but devastating critical incidents. In addition, we have sustained our commitment to both faculty and student involvement in our community, our state and our national organizations.

• Our Students

  • The Class of 2012 had a certification exam pass rate of 96% and all of the graduates were offered jobs prior to graduation. Students in the class represented MUSC on committees and boards at both the state and national level.
  • The Class of 2013 has had a zero attrition rate from the program for the first time since 2007. Students from this class also represented the AFN Program in both state and national positions. They are looking forward to graduation just around the corner on December 6, 2013!
  • The Class of 2014 finished their final few weeks of classroom instruction and headed off on their clinical rotations after a much-needed break in August. They are excited to be back to taking care of patients and putting their didactic education into practice.
  • The Class of 2015 began on August 19th with a class size of 28 students.

• Our Program

  • In recognition of the importance of simulation in SRNA education, we were able to fund the purchase of a SimMan3G last June from our strategic reserves. The AFN faculty have been spending the last year fully implementing both high and low fidelity simulation throughout the curriculum.
  • We have also seen the benefits of using more of our clinical CRNA faculty to teach in our classroom. The program and our students have benefited from having clinical experts share their expertise. Thank you to Ms. Rita Meyers, Ms. Micki Ballister, Ms. Candace Jaruzel and Mr. Ray White.   
  • We have developed a program standing committee, the Alumni Relations Committee, and are looking for new members!

• Our Community

  • The AFN faculty believes in the importance of demonstrating commitment to our professional organizations. Mr. Dennis McKenna, Class of 1992, and Ms. Dorothy Coley, Class of 1994 both serve on the South Carolina Association of Nurse Anesthetists Board of Directors.
  • The AFN Class of 2014 has spent the last year focusing on community engagement – speaking at local high schools and at the Area Health Education Consortium; sponsoring an interprofessional ice cream social for other students, staff, and faculty at the College; organizing a blood drive for the Red Cross and a volunteering at the local food bank.

As you can see, we have been busy educating our students and engaging our communities of interest. Our doors are always open and we invite you to visit our classroom and see first-hand what we are doing in your program! Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments. Your feedback is always welcome and valued. I look forward to seeing you at upcoming AFN events.

Keep in touch!

Angela Mund, CRNA, DNP
Assistant Professor and Program Director
Division of Anesthesia for Nurses

Representatives of the Class of 2015, Emily Wright and Hilliary Rizzetto, accept the AANA Public Relations Award from Heather Rankin CRNA and Dr. Janice Izlar, AANA President.


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