Anesthesia Circuit - Summer 2018

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Featured: New Post-Baccalaureate DNP in Anesthesiology launches May 2018

Barry University embarks on a new path of nurse anesthesia education. (p. 4)

Simulation Spotlight: Difficult Airway Workshop Students participated in a Difficult Airway Workshop to learn the latest techniques and best practices. (p. 8)

Barry University SRNAs and Faculty Christina Marsh, SRNA, AANA Annual College Bowl Champion, 2018

Inside Congratulations to the MS Class of 2018! (p. 3) Welcome to the MS Class of 2020 (p. 5) Inaugural Post-Baccalaureate DNP in Anesthesiology Class of 2021 (p. 6) Earn your DNP with Specialization in Anesthesiology (p. 7) Difficult Airway Workshop (p. 8) Publication Corner (p. 9) News & Announcements (p. 10)

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

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Trivia Corner Barry University's Anesthesiology Program opened in 1993, making it the most established program in Florida. How many total nurse anesthesia programs are in the state of Florida, according to the COA? (Answer on page 13)

I am happy to bring you another edition of The Anesthesia Circuit! This summer is momentous for our program. On May 3, we welcomed the inaugural Post-Baccalaureate Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Class of 2021. The Post-Baccalaureate DNP replaces the Master of Science in Anesthesiology as our new entry-level program. We enjoyed meeting this bright group of aspiring SRNAs and look forward to their accomplishments and contributions to nurse anesthesia. As we embark on this new journey, our commitment to delivering the highest-quality nurse anesthesia education holds true. You can read more about this exciting program on page 6. As we plan for the rest of the year (and begin Florida's 2018 hurricane season), we are reminded that change brings new opportunities for growth and learning. As nurse anesthetists, we are lifelong learners. This summer, I challenge you to do one thing that will help you grow. Perhaps that is embarking on your DNP degree (you can learn about our program on page 7), or mentoring a new CRNA in your practice, or even spending more time with family and friends. May we never tire in our efforts to improve ourselves and our prestigious profession! Wishing you a safe and happy summer, - Dr. Lee




Congratulations to the MS in Anesthesiology Class of 2018! In May 2018, 49 students completed their program requirements to begin their careers as CRNAs. We are so proud of this talented group of students. They have worked hard and proven themselves as highly-skilled practitioners. We look forward to their continued involvement in education and the profession!




Congratulations to the MS in Anesthesiology Class of 2018!




Barry University welcomes the Master of Science in Anesthesiology Class of 2020 In January 2018, we welcomed 81 students into our final Class of 2020 Master of Science in Anesthesiology. They are already off to a great start and we look forward to teaching them over the next 28 months!




Barry University's Inaugural Post-Baccalaureate DNP in Anesthesiology Class of 2021 Barry University's Post-Baccalaureate Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Anesthesiology is our new entry-level nurse anesthesia program and replaces the Master of Science in Anesthesiology. This change has been made in preparation for the AANA and Council on Accreditation requirement that all nurse anesthesia programs be doctoral programs by 2025. The program is 36 months and full-time. Students complete the first two semesters of coursework online, which include coursework on the Role of the DNP, Epidiemiology and Biostatistics, Scientific Foundations of the DNP, and the foundational sciences. Semester 3 begins face-to-face coursework at our five Florida campuses and includes clinical residency. Didactic coursework and clinical residency continue face-to-face for the duration of the program. The program is professionally accredited through the Council on Accredited for Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs and regionally accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Barry University Post-Baccalaureate DNP Class of 2021

Join your colleagues and earn your DNP with Specialization in Anesthesiology

About the Program: - Designed by CRNAs, for CRNAs - Two years, part-time - Flexible, online coursework to meet the schedule of any working CRNA - One on-campus weekend per year - No hidden costs or out-of-state tuition - No extra clinical hour requirements - New career opportunities in education and leadership - Receive your own advisor and personalized attention.

Classes start in August! Apply today!

To learn more, contact: Carolyn Urso 305-899-3246 or

Curriculum: - Healthcare Informatics for DNP - Role of the DNP - Scientific Foundations of the DNP - Leadership, Policy & Interdisciplinary Collaboration - Applied Biostatistics - Translational Research for the DNP - Legal & Ethical Issues for Advanced Practice Nursing - Finance & Business Management in Anesthesia Practice - Advances in Anesthesia Practice - Perioperative Safety, Risk Reduction, & Outcomes Assessment - Advanced Health Assessment & Differential Diagnosis - Technology for Teaching and Learning (elective) - DNP Scholarly Project (semesters 5-6) Total credits: 36 Total length: 2 years, part-time




Simulation Spotlight: Difficult Airway Workshop Barry University SRNAs from the Class of 2019 participated in a Difficult Airway Workshop focusing on techniques and procedures for airway management. We were joined by fellow CRNAs and alumni to teach the latest techniques and best practices. SRNAs had the opportunity to practice on pig traccheas. Here are some photos!




Publication Corner Barry University alumna Martha Polizzi, DNP, CRNA published in Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare The International Nurses Association welcomes Martha M. Polizzi, DNP, CRNA to their prestigious organization with her upcoming publication in the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare. Martha M. Polizzi is an established Doctor of Nursing Practice and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist who continues to provide exceptional care and support to her patients within Memorial Hospital West – Envision Physician Services in Florida. Featuring over three decades of experience in her field, she has a special expertise neurosurgical, vascular, general surgery, and ENT nursing. Martha’s career in nursing began in 1987, when she graduated with her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing Summa Cum Laude from the City University of New York-Hunter College. An advocate for pursuing further education, she went on to earn her Master of Science Degree in Nursing in 1999 from the University of New England. Furthermore, Martha obtained her Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree specializing in Anesthesiology in 2017 at Barry University, and her Global Clinical Scholars Research Training Certificate in 2018 at Harvard Medical School. To keep current with the new nursing developments and guidelines, Martha remains a distinguished member of the American Nurses Association, and she is also an inductee of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. She has dedicated her life to delivering the highest standard of quality and compassionate care to her patients, and strives to provide the best outcomes possible. Martha attributes her success to her faith in God, the support of her family, and her desire to help others.

Martha Polizzi, DNP, CRNA DNP with Specialization in Anesthesiology Class of 2017



News & Announcements Congratulations to SRNA Christina Marsh, Class of 2018, who competed and won the Valley Review Memory Master Award! Participants answered Jeopardy!-style questions on a wide range of topics related to nurse anesthesia. The competition is moderated by Valley Anesthesia Review.

Congratulations to Jeanne Antolchick, PhD, CRNA who was recently awarded a $10,000 Faculty Stimulus Grant for her project on non-opioid anesthesia. Her work will continue through 2019. Dr. Antolchick earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of South Florida, and her Master of Science in Anesthesiology and PhD in Nursing from Barry University. She currently serves as a director in the Florida Association of Nurse Anesthetists, sits on the Nominating Committee for the AANA, and is a member of the NBCRNA Pediatric Specialty Workgroup. She joined Barry University as a full-time faculty member in 2016. Congratulations to Rebecca Lee, DNP, CRNA who served as Principal Investigator for the HRSA Nurse Anesthesia Training Grant. Dr. Lee was awarded $145,736 in funding for Barry University's nurse anesthesia training. Funds will be distributed to SRNAs and used to enhance educational methods and equipment.




News & Announcements Congratulations to SRNA Ying Zaw, Class of 2018 who recently won the Envision Physician Services SRNA Scholarship! Ms. Zaw competed in a national pool of applicants and was selected for her desire to provide anesthesia care to underserved communities. Envision awarded five scholarships to SRNAs across the country. Ms. Zaw currently practices in West Palm Beach, FL.

Congratulations to Barry University SRNAs and Adventist University SRNAs who won the 2017 FANA Annual College Bowl! This competition, fashioned after the AANA Annual College Bowl, is a Jeopardy-style game where students answer a variety of questions about nurse anesthesia care. Questions are provided by the FANA Board and are formatted after the NBCRNA licensing exam.

Barry University SRNA Tiffany Farrell accompanied Dr. Jeanne Antolchick and Dr. Debra Diaz to Washington, DC during the AANA Mid-Year Assembly. They met with congressmen to promote nurse anesthesia care and the advancement of our practice, and are pictured here with Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL).





News & Announcements Congratulations to Barry alumna Sarah Sellers, CRNA who came in 2nd place in the Boston Marathon in April 2018. Braving dismal conditions, Sarah proved grit and determination can overcome almost any challenge. Sarah wants to qualify for the "A" standard in the Olympic 2020 Marathon Trials, but has no intention of leaving nurse anesthesia. She currently practices in Tuscon, Arizona.

Join us at the AANA Annual Meeting! September 22-25, 2018 Boston, MA Register today at

Would you like to help sponsor a student to attend a professional meeting? Being a SRNA is tough: physically, mentally, and financially. If you would like to "pay it forward" and sponsor a student to attend a professional meeting, please email us at We are thankful to all our alumni who have sponsored students thus far!

We are stronger together. We ask you to join us in supporting the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists and your state associations. These organizations advance the nurse anesthesia profession and advocate for the important issues facing our practice. Join us and the many thousands of CRNAs already involved. Let your contributions and voice be heard!

Trivia Answer: According to the COA, there are 9 nurse anesthesia educational programs in Florida. Adventist University Barry University Florida Gulf Coast University Florida International University Florida State University

Barry University Anesthesiology Programs College of Nursing and Health Sciences 421 N 21st Avenue Hollywood, FL 33020 PH: 305-899-3230 EM: FAX: 954-367-8697

University of Miami University of South Florida University of North Florida Wolford College

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