The NorthShore University HealthSystem School of Nurse Anesthesia is a private, co-educational school of higher learning. The School of Nurse Anesthesia was founded by Mae Cameron in 1925, at Ravenswood Hospital Medical Center in Chicago. In 2001, the School transferred to Evanston Northwestern Healthcare. The School is located at NorthShore's Evanston Hospital, in Evanston, Illinois.
The Nurse Anesthetist School has a long history of success in the field of nurse anesthesia education. It is one of the oldest schools in the U.S. and was the first school to be accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs in 1952. The Ravenswood tradition of academic excellence continues at the NorthShore School of Nurse Anesthesia.
The School attracts students from all over the US and boasts diverse and successful alumni. Graduates of the School work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, physician offices, military, and public health services, Veterans Administration facilities, academic settings and private practice. The 2015 graduates had a 100% full-time employment rate within four months of graduation.
The NorthShore School of Nurse Anesthesia has enjoyed full accreditation status from the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) since 1952 Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs when it became the first School to be accredited in the US. In October 2012, the COA approved the new Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) program offered in cooperation with DePaul University. In October 2015, the School received the maximum accreditation status of ten years from the COA. The next on-site COA accreditation visit is scheduled for 2025.
Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Programs
222 South Prospect Ave.
Park Ridge, IL 60068-4001
NorthShore School of Nurse Anesthesia is authorized by the Illinois Board of Higher Education to operate a school of nurse anesthesia in the State of Illinois.
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Illinois Board of Higher Education
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Springfield, IL 62701-1377
The mission of the School is the enrichment and transmission of knowledge of nurse anesthesia as a discipline and promotion of the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities. The Nurse Anesthetist Program at NorthShore pursues this mission through excellence in teaching as the primary focus of scholarship; professional practice that includes vulnerable populations, and research that has the potential to enhance nurse anesthesia knowledge, scientific inquiry, and practice outcomes. The School maintains a commitment to serving a diverse student population. It seeks to provide graduates with innovative, inquiry-based education that anticipates the rapid pace of change in health care and the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to assume leadership roles in the nurse anesthesia profession.
The practice of nurse anesthesia is an advanced practice nursing role. Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA) possess advanced scientific knowledge and competency in technical skills that are necessary for nurse anesthesia practice. Nurse anesthetist trainees (NAT) are best served by a curriculum that utilizes an integrated anesthetist program to maximize the didactic and clinical experience. Learners are responsible for self-directed study and professional growth. To meet the demand for well-educated nurse anesthetists, the school has kept pace with the rapidly changing and increasing complex field of modern anesthesia, incorporating changing technology into the curriculum.
In 1989, the School of Nurse Anesthesia developed an academic affiliation with DePaul University. Founded in 1898 by the Congregation of the Mission (Vincentian priests), DePaul is the largest Catholic university in the U.S. The College of Science and Health, which includes the School of Nursing is located on the Lincoln Park campus, 11 miles from Evanston Hospital. The large and diverse student body at DePaul complements the close and personal attention of the School of Nurse Anesthesia. DePaul University is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. The Baccalaureate, Master's and Doctorate of Nursing Practice programs at DePaul University, School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
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- Pamela Schwartz CRNA, DNP, Administrative Director
- Karen Kapanke CRNA, DNP, Assistant Director
- Veronica Drantz PhD
- Julia Feczko CRNA, DNP
- Susan Krawczyk CRNA, DNP
- Margaret Kipta CRNA, FNP-BC, DNP
- Jesse Marymont MD
- Anne Sauri DNP, CRNA
- Elizabeth Elkayam, Administrative Assistant
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