The Anesthesia Circuit | Summer 2016

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Alumni Spotlight: Elizandra Pierre, CRNA

Elizandra Pierre, Class of 2009, wins Barry University's Distinguished Alumni Award. (p. 10)

SRNAs left to right: Leonard Krzykowski (2016), Natasha Gambino (2017), Gabrielle Wallace (2016), Melanie Garcia (2017)


Medical Mission to Guyana

Anesthesiology and Nursing faculty join Dr. Eric J. Stelnicki on a medical mission to Guyana (p. 13)

Photo courtesy of: Richard Cabral, CRNA Broward Health Imperial Point Nurse Anesthetists Week 2016

INSIDE Johanna Newman, DNAP, CRNA joins Barry University as Assistant Program Director (p. 3) #OrlandoStrong (p. 4) Debra Diaz, DNP, CRNA retires from U.S. Navy (p. 5) Broward Health Imperial Point celebrates Nurse Anesthetists Week (p. 7) Congratulations Class of 2016! (p. 8) Alumni Spotlight: Elizandra Pierre, CRNA wins Distinguished Alumni Award (p. 10) Student Spotlight: Andrew Duclos, Class 2016 attends Student Mentorship Program at Assembly of School Faculty (p. 11) Jorge Valdes, DNP, CRNA inducted into Miami Dade College Alumni Hall of Fame (p. 12) Medical Mission to Guyana (p. 13) News and Announcements (p. 15)

From the Director's Desk Rebecca Lee, DNP, CRNA Director, Anesthesiology Programs

What a year it has been! Spring is always a busy and joyous time for our programs as we have so much to celebrate! Just a month ago, we congratulated the Anesthesiology Class of 2016 as 54 students walked across the stage at graduation to join the prestigious ranks of Barry CRNAs. We are proud of what they have accomplished and look forward to the skills and innovation they will bring to our profession. Elizandra Pierre, Class of 2009 alumni, won Barry University's Distinguished Alumni Award for her volunteer work in Haiti and South Sudan. Her selfless dedication to those in the greatest need embodies our mission of an inclusive community and service.

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Finally, I had the honor this past fall of accepting the role as Director of the Anesthesiology programs. Dr. Tony Umadhay will remain at Barry University as Associate Dean of our College of Nursing and Health Sciences. I look forward to a bright future for our programs! There is so much more to celebrate this year and I hope you enjoy reading this summer's edition of the Anesthesia Circuit. As always, we want to hear about your accomplishments! You may share with us at Wishing you a safe and happy summer! Rebecca Lee, DNP, CRNA Director, Anesthesiology Programs




Johanna Newman, DNAP, CRNA Joins Barry University as Assistant Program Director Johanna Newman, DNAP, CRNA joined Barry University as Assistant Professor and Assistant Program Director in fall 2015. Prior to joining Barry University, she was Assistant Clinical Professor at Florida International University. Dr. Newman previously served as the Assistant Program Director at the Adventist University of Health Sciences from 2008 2012. She completed her Bachelor Science in Nursing from William Paterson University, Master of Science from Georgetown University and her Doctorate of Nurse Anesthesia Practice from Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Newman is an active member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists and currently serves as Secretary Treasurer for the Florida Association of Nurse Anesthetists.

Jeanne Antolchick, PhD, CRNA Joins Barry University as FullTime Professor of Anesthesiology Barry University's Anesthesiology Department welcomes Jeanne Antolchick, PhD, CRNA as full-time faculty. Dr. Antolchick graduated from Barry University's Anesthesiology Program in 2008. Dr. Antolchick teaches pediatric anesthesia and a variety of clinical topics, including pain management and regional anesthesia. She served a five-year enlistment in the U.S. Army and has a background as a respiratory therapist, massage therapist and pediatric critical care nurse. She also served as a full-time clinician at Shriner's Hospital for Children in Tampa. She recently completed her PhD in Nursing at Barry University with a focus on pediatric anesthesia for scoliosis surgery.




#OrlandoStrong Words cannot express the gratitude and pride I have for our Barry University SRNAs and CRNAs. Our anesthesia program has twenty one senior students and sixteen junior students residing in Orlando. Many of our students were at Orlando Regional Medical Center over the weekend of the shooting participating in trauma surgeries. The ORMC anesthesia team made up of physicians, nurse anesthetists and Barry University student nurse anesthetists gave trauma anesthesia care for over forty surgeries in the span of twenty four hours. A few surgeries were patients returning for re-exploration of bleeding laparotomies. The students reported hanging more blood in twelve hours than they had in their entire nursing careers. Our students volunteered to work in every capacity from giving providers breaks to taking over cases. As I visited with the operating room and anesthesia staff at Orlando Regional Medical Center, I heard stories of how our Barry Students were immediately available for anesthesia coverage. To our clinical coordinators, the mentors and educators on the front line, I thank you for being role models for our students. To everyone at ORMC who worked tirelessly to treat the victims, I thank you for your selfless commitment and sacrifice. As I drove home from Orlando, I spent a great deal of time reflecting upon the tragedy but also the humanity in Orlando. I keep a quote of Martin Luther King in my phone. This morning I read it again so that I could be reminded that there is hope for humanity. "Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love". Heroes are ordinary people who do extraordinary things. We recognize all the heroes at Barry University anesthesia program, the anesthesia providers at ORMC, surgeons, staff and volunteers, and the Orlando community for its strength and love. Warm regards, Dr. Lee




Congratulations to Debra Diaz, DNP, CRNA on her Retirement as Commander, U.S. Navy Commander Diaz began her Active Duty Navy career as an Ensign in 1992 when she was accepted in to Dut Under Instruction, Full Time Out of Service Training Program, while attending Medical University of South Carolina as a Student Registered Nurse Anesthetist. She earned her Master in Health Science in Nurse Anesthesia from Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC and became a CRNA in 1994. She began her Nursing profession as a Registered Nurse after she graduated with honors from Miami Dade Junior College in 1976 with an Associate Degree in Nursing. She earned a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing in 1991, graduating with honors from the University of Miami. In 2014, she then earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice with a Specialization in Anesthesiology from Barry University. Her first assignment after graduation was as a staff CRNA at Naval Hospital Jacksonville, 1994-1997, and provided anesthesia support as the sole Anesthesia Provider for CV-67, USS Kennedy. Her next billet was to Naval Hospital Okinawa on Camp Lester, Okinawa, Japan, 1997-1998. She serves as a staff CRNA, Supply and Finance Officer for the Anesthesia Department. She supported CV-62, USS Independence and CV-63, USS Kitty Hawk also as the sole Anesthesia Provider out of Yokosuka, Japan. In December 1998 she was released from Active Duty and entered the Individual Ready Reserve until January 2004 when she affiliated with the Selected Reserves with Operational Health Support Unit Jacksonville, DET D in Miami, FL. She served as Specialty Leader for CRNAs during her tenure in DET D. In September 2007, CDR Diaz was mobilized to Active Duty in support of Operation Enduring Freedom with Navy Expeditionary Medicine Unit in 2008 at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center until August 2009. Upon her return to OHSU Jacksonville, she transferred to DET G where she became the Assistant Officer in Charge, Training Officer and Nurse Corps DET Leader until December 2013 when she was appointed to the position OIC of DET H NR OHSU JAX in Tampa, FL. CDR Diaz's awards include the Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation Award, National Defence Service Medal with one bronze star, and the Armed Services Reserve Medal with "M" device and bronze hour glass, Marksman Rifle ribbon and Expert Pistol medal. CONTINUED




In her civilian career, CDR Diaz recently retired as a Staff CRNA in the third largest hospital in the country, Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, FL. She is currently the President of the Florida Association of Nurse Anesthetists and is joining Barry University as Adjunct Faculty for Simulation Training. She has one son, Christopher Paul Reilly who graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology.




Broward Health Imperial Point Celebrates Nurse Anesthetists Week

Visible, valuable, vigilant; simple but powerful words that describe the integral role that nurse anesthetists play within healthcare. These three words also happen to be the theme of Nurse Anesthetist week 2016. The student registered nurse anesthetists (SRNAs) of Broward Health Imperial Point Medical Center in Ft. Lauderdale, FL., under the direction of clinical coordinator, Richard A. Cabral, DNP, CRNA, helped to spread those words. The SRNA's constructed a poster presentation highlighting the role of the nurse anesthetist. Pamphlets, buttons, pens, and candy were distributed to on goers as they passed the display and were educated on not only what nurse anesthetist do but also why we are important members of the healthcare team. Throughout the week, the anesthesia department participated in “lunch and learn sessions”. The vendors included Abbvie, Caldolor, Medtronics, Ultiva. The anesthesia staff was provided with lunch while learning about the various benefits the vendor’s products had to offer to anesthesia practice. The week was a chance to educate the public about the role of the anesthetist as well as a reminder to take pride in our profession not only for a week but every day. Gabrielle Wallace MS Class of 2016




Congratulations Class of 2016! We are thrilled to congratulate the Master of Science in Anesthesiology Class of 2016 on their hard work and dedication! On Friday, May 6, students celebrated with their families and loved ones over dinner and dancing at the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay in Miami, FL. On Saturday, May 7, students proudly walked across the stage at Barry University's Commencement Ceremony, held at the James L. Knight Center in Miami, FL.



Congratulations Class of 2016!





Elizandra Pierre, CRNA Wins Barry University's Distinguished Alumni Award Elizandra continued with her education and received a Master’s in Science in Anesthesiology from Barry University in 2009. Elizandra is a member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists and has been certified by the National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists. In addition to her full-time work, Elizandra has been volunteering in hospitals and clinics abroad since graduating from anesthesia school. She volunteered with a disaster relief team in Haiti after the earthquake in 2010 and has continued to return to the same clinic. Most recently Elizandra was on assignment with Doctors Elizandra Pierre, MS ‘09, is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist who was presented with Barry University's Distinguished Alumni Award (DAA). She has been practicing since 2009 in a variety of settings from Level 1 Trauma centers to outpatient surgery centers. She has worked in such specialties as pediatrics, obstetrics, and organ transplantation. Elizandra is currently practicing at St Margaret’s Hospital, a community hospital in Northwest Indiana. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in French with a minor in Psychology and received her nursing degree from Miami Dade College.

Without Borders. She was stationed in Aweil, South Sudan for six weeks and provided pediatric and obstetric anesthesia to a high risk maternal population. Elizandra is licensed as an Advanced Practice Nurse Anesthetist in Illinois and currently resides in Chicago, IL. In her free time she enjoys running and participating in marathons throughout the country. She most recently completed the Minneapolis Twin Cities Marathon. She will begin Barry University's DNP with a Specialization in Anesthesiology this fall 2016.




Student Spotlight: Andrew Duclos, CRNA Class of 2016 ANDREW WRITES ON HIS EXPERIENCE AT THE AANA ASSEMBLY OF SCHOOL FACULTY AND THE STUDENT MENTORSHIP PROGRAM This past February, I was given the opportunity to attend the Assembly of School Faculty in San Antonio, Texas to take part in a student mentorship program. This is a gathering of nurse anesthesia program faculty from all over the country to discuss the latest trends, research, and issues in education that confront today’s programs. Topics ranged from the transition to DNP all the way to building better PowerPoint presentations. Barry University’s faculty was very well represented, with nearly all our professors attending. The student mentorship program consisted of being paired up with a faculty member from another school and spending the day with them as they attended this conference. Introductions and discussions on specific issues affecting their programs were very

Andrew Duclos, CRNA Class of 2016

prominent in the experience. I was fortunate to be paired with Dr. Cheryl Nimmo, a professor at the University of New England, in Maine, and current president-elect of AANA. I found this experience to be very informative as to what goes on behind the scenes in the education of future nurse anesthetists. The hard work and challenges in providing a quality program is something that students often don’t think about as they go through the program.

It made me truly appreciate the hard work and dedication of our own Barry faculty, and sparked some inspiration into becoming involved in education in the future. Andrew Duclos graduated Barry University's Master of Science in Anesthesiology in May 2016 and is a practicing CRNA in Florida.




Jorge Valdes, CRNA Inducted into Miami Dade College Alumni Hall of Fame Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology Dr. Jorge Valdes, DNP, CRNA, ARNP, was inducted April 26 into the Miami-Dade College 2106 Alumni Hall of Fame. Valdes teaches in Barry University’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences. “I think what makes me a leader in my profession is my ability to stand up and speak, and to really say what needs to be said. I advocate for my profession constantly; I advocate for my patients,” said Valdes. “I feel that I am part of my community because I feel that, yes, Miami-Dade gave me a wonderful foundation for the rest of my life.” In addition to his degree from Miami-Dade College, Valdes has a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Miami, a master’s of Nurse Anesthesia from the Mayo School of Health Sciences College of Medicine and doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of Miami. He is also past president of the Florida Association of Nurse Anesthetists. Valdes is active in the community, regularly participating in mission trips to Haiti with Baptist Hospital and to Guyana with Barry University. He served as President of the Florida Association of

Jorge Valdes, DNP, CRNA Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology

Emilio Estefan, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz, former Dolphins receiver Nat Moore, Carnival Chairman & CEO Micky Arison, and U.S. Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.

Nurse Anesthetists in 2015. With his induction, Valdes joins the ranks of other Miami-Dade College Alumni Hall of Famers, including: actor Andy Garcia, music industry mogul

Watch the video of Dr. Valdes's interview: /news/article.html?id=26555.

Medical Mission to Guyana ANESTHESIOLOGY FACULTY ACCOMPANY DR. ERIC STELNICKI ON MEDICAL MISSION TO GUYANA Barry University nursing and podiatric professors and professionals recently joined Dr. Eric J. Stelnicki on a medical mission trip to Georgetown, Guyana. The trip was in collaboration with CHARM (Children’s Health and Rehabilitative Missions), an organization formed by Stelnicki that is comprised of a volunteer team of surgeons, nurses and other skilled health care professionals from South Florida. Guyana, a small South American nation with only one plastic surgeon for its entire population, has an urgent need for pediatric plastic reconstructive surgery and podiatric care. Together, these medical teams provided in-country medical and nursing education exchange programs. Through this, the team ultimately hopes to achieve long-term sustainability for providing plastic, reconstructive and podiatric surgical care on a continual basis in Guyana. The group ended up seeing more than 100 patients and performed around 35 surgeries. During the week-long mission trip, representatives from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences and the School of Podiatric Medicine provided care to the Guyanese people and presented several educational medical lectures to hospital staff. They were able to impart valuable knowledge and medical skills to the people of Guyana in order to enable the locals to continue their work in helping children in need. “Our aim is to perform desperately needed surgeries that otherwise would not be possible,” said Stelnicki, a Fort Lauderdale-based pediatric plastic and reconstructive surgeon who led the medical mission to Guyana. CONTINUED

The Humanitarian Aid Program and Department of Defense with the United States Embassy assisted the team in making this trip successful. The U.S. Embassy and the Ministry of Health in Guyana facilitated in transporting supplies, security and safety, and helped organize the trip. In the long term, Stelnicki and Barry University hope to continue training practicing physicians, medical and nursing students to make this care more widely available.

For more information on this story or medical mission opportunities, please contact the Anesthesiology Office at 305-899-3230 or




News and Announcements Congratulations to Jorge Valdes, DNP, CRNA for earning a $54,997 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The grant is from the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA), awarding grants for Nurse Anesthetist Traineeships. Dr. Valdes served as the principal investigator on this grant and this is his third year earning the grant for Barry University. Grant funding will be distributed to students in the Master of Science in Anesthesiology to assist with tuition and costs.

Barry University's Anesthesiology programs purchased a new, state-of-the-art anesthesia machine in fall 2015 and completed several updates to the simulation laboratories in the Hollywood and Orlando locations. These updates are accompanied by improvements to the simulation curriculum to include emergency scenarios, anesthesia team role-playing exercises, and evidence-based diagnosis.

Yasmine Campbell, DNP, CRNA joined Barry University as Adjunct Professor of Anesthesiology for the DNP with a Specialization in Anesthesiology program in Summer 2016. Dr. Campbell earned her Master of Science in Anesthesiology from Barry University in 2006 and her DNP with a Specialization in Anesthesiology from Barry University in 2015. She is currently Lead CRNA at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Campbell's doctoral research manuscript titled The Jehovah's Witness Population: Considerations for Preoperative Optimization of Hemoglobin has been published in the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Journal.

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