Minnesota CRNA Kathryn White Receives Prestigious Honor

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The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists honored Kathryn White, DNP, CRNA, APRN after her election as a Fellow to the American Academy of Nursing (AAN). White is one of only 30 CRNAs who have received this honor since the formation of the Academy in 1973.

Kathryn White is the Program Director, Coordinator, and an Associate Clinical Professor in the University of Minnesota’s nurse anesthesia program in Minneapolis. She was involved in the first edition of the DNP textbook Doctor of Nursing Practice Essentials: A New Model for Advanced Practice Nursing. People have purchased more than 21,000 copies of the text both nationally and internationally—a testament to its influence.

White said that nurse anesthesia is no longer “the best kept secret in healthcare” and that the field has come into its own. Her view is born out by the ranking of the profession of nurse anesthesia as the 3rd best type of health care job in US News & World Reports 2016 ranking of professions. The publication gave the field an overall score of 7.8 out of 10.

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The Executive Director of the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs, Rank Gerbasi, told US News & World Report that “Anesthesia is safer than it’s ever been.”

The success of the field of nurse anesthesia is truly a testament to the value of obtaining a DNP degree. With the combination of technical training and leadership skills, DNP-educated nurses such as CRNAs excel as executive nurse leaders.

The elite AAN includes more than 2,400 nurse leaders in a variety of areas:

  • Policy and Research
  • Practice
  • Management
  • Education

Fellows come from all 50 states, DC, and 28 countries.