Commencement Exercises Held for Class of 2013

Thursday, December 5, 2013 - Thursday, December 5, 2013

 

 

Commencement Exercises Held for Class of 2013

 

 

Commencement exercises for the 66-member Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia Class of 2013 were held Thursday, December 5, 2013 at the Madison Campus Seventh-day Adventist Church.  Graduate Masters Degree hoods, alumni pins, in addition to specific special recognitions and awards were presented.

Laurence (Larry) E. Lancaster, RN, EdD, Academic Faculty led the procession of MTSA board of trustees, administration, faculty, and graduates while carrying the MTSA mace.  A welcome was given by MTSA President Ken Schwab, EdD followed by the invocation by Class of 2013 graduate Daniel Etheridge.  Steve Haley, President of the Kentucky-Tennessee Conference of Seventh-day Adventists presented an homily reflecting MTSA’s spiritual values and roots.  He was introduced by graduate Russell Proffitt.  The commencement address was presented by Michael Vollman, RN, PhD, Academic Faculty.    He was introduced by graduate Health Perkins.  MTSA President Ken Schwab, EdD, presented the diplomas.

Each year MTSA graduates well-exceed requirements of the Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthesia Programs (CCNA) regarding the number of cases and procedures for clinical experiences in order for the candidate to be eligible to take the National Certification Examination. 

CCNA sets the required numbers of cases and procedures for clinical experiences in order for the candidate to be eligible to take the National Certification Examination. 

The following statistics are derived from the information provided to the CCNA for certification requirements for the graduates as of November 20, 2013.  CCNA requires a minimum number of 550 cases.  The average number of cases performed by members of the class of 2013 was 1,078 cases.  The graduate with the highest number of cases performed was Elizabeth Croney who had 1,408 cases.  

CCNA requires a minimum of 850 hours of clinical time.  The average number of hours spent actually doing anesthesia by the members of the class of 2013 was 1,894 hours.  The graduate with the most hours of anesthesia time was Isaiah Fuller with 2,475 hours.

CCNA requires each graduate to have administered anesthesia to at least 35 pediatric patients.  Members of the class of 2013 performed an average of 194 anesthetics for pediatric patients. The graduate with the highest number was Trey Turner with 377 pediatric cases. 

CCNA requires each graduate to have provided anesthesia for at least 30 obstetrical patients.  The average number of anesthetics in this category for members of the class of 2013 was 125.  The graduate with the highest number was Melissa James with 264 obstetrical patients.

Since 2000, graduates from all programs across the United States are required to perform a minimum of at least 25 regional anesthetics.  These 25 can be from a combination of all categories of regional anesthesia.  The members of this graduating class administered an average of 170 regional anesthetics.  Epidural and spinal anesthesia are techniques of regional anesthesia.  The members of this class performed an average of 52 spinal anesthetics, and the graduate performing the highest number was Kevin Keller who performed 98 spinals.  The members of this class performed an average of 67 epidurals.  The graduate performing the highest number was Adam Kuzma who placed 162 epidurals.

In 2006, CCNA mandated that graduates would need to have learned a specific method of securing a patient’s airway using fiberoptic intubations.  Each student must perform at least five of these fiberoptic intubations.  The members of this graduating class each performed at least five fiberoptic intubations in the simulation skills center, and then an average of seven fiberoptic intubations for surgical patients. The graduate performing the most fiberoptic intubations was Marshall Hancock who placed 17 fiberoptic intubations.

CCNA has also recently mandated that graduates will need to have placed at least five Central Venous Catheters (CVPs) for invasively monitoring patients’ hemodynamic function.  The members of this class placed an average of 8 CVPs.   The graduate performing the most CVP placements was Patrick Lux who placed 27 CVPs.

During the graduation ceremony, awards were presented to the following graduates (see accompanying photos): 

 

*The Team Spirit Award was presented to graduate Elizabeth Chandler by MTSA Faculty Member John Shields (‘85/’05) CRNA, DNP, APN.

 

*The Bernard V. Bowen Award was presented to graduate Megan Mitchell by MTSA Director of Student Relations Lewis McCarver (‘85/’07) CRNA, DNP, APN.

 

*The Agatha Hodgins Award was presented to graduate Adam Kuzma by MTSA Assistant Program Administrator Rachel Brown (‘97) CRNA, DNP, APN.

 

Special music was provided by three Class of 2013 gradutes.  A vocal duet was performed by Leah Bergman and Megan Mitchell; and a vocal solo was performed by Marshall Hancock.  Closing remarks at the ceremony were shared by President Schwab, followed by the benediction which was delivered by graduate Dustin Billington.

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