Five Lourdes University students enrolled in the Master of Science in Nursing: Nurse Anesthesia Program (MSN:NAP) have been awarded the ProMedica Flower Hospital/McKesson Memorial Fund endowed scholarship. The following students will each receive $3,000 this academic year.
•Greta Feitel of Ann Arbor, Mich.
•Amanda Jablonski of Temperance, Mich.
•Matthew McIntire of Toledo, Ohio
•Brian Sheipline of Perrysburg, Ohio
•Faith Stechschulte of Columbus Grove, Ohio
The Lourdes MSN:NAP received accreditation by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs in May 2011 and accepted its first cohort in August of that year. Upon completion of the intense 28-month program, graduates are prepared to take the national certification exam in order to become certified and practice as CRNAs.
The first NAP cohort graduated in December 2013 and 100% have secured positions in their profession. The second cohort graduated in December 2014 with 8 out of 11 securing employment in the field before graduation. The average entry salary for nurse anesthetists is approximately $100,000.
The endowed scholarship was made possible through a $1 million donation in fall 2011 from the McKesson Memorial Fund, ProMedica Flower Hospital. Distributed over a 10-year period, approximately 80 percent of the funding is used for students enrolled in the Lourdes MSN:NAP program who demonstrate financial need and academic merit. The remaining funds are dedicated to funding continuing education in the field of anesthesia, staff development and direct support for the training program.
“Lourdes established the MSN:NAP because there was an unfilled need and desire for this type of program in our region. In the United States, employment of nurse anesthetists is predicted to grow over 30% by 2022,” said Dawn AuBuchon, Interim Director of the program. For more information, visit www.lourdes.edu or by phone at 419/885-3211.