Monika Feeney, alumna of two programs at Missouri State and now the program director of the Missouri State School of Anesthesia, has done it all, from flight nurse to receiving the first Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia (DNAP) in the Springfield area.
After graduating from nursing school and completing her BSN, Feeney worked as a flight nurse at St. John’s Hospital completing more than 1,500 flights before enrolling in the Missouri State School of Anesthesia.
Before becoming the program director, Feeney worked as a certified nurse anesthetist (CRNA) at St. John’s and as a faculty member for the program, teaching clinical and didactic courses.
Feeney enjoys that challenge of making the program the best it can be and values the education of the students who sit where she once did.
“I love the students, watching their initial excitement and almost terror on day one, grow into confidence and then becoming competent anesthesia providers,” said Feeney. “Their awkward stretch of learning and growth, not always beautiful but full of effort and anticipation of the life and death responsibility that will rest on their shoulders.”
Feeney recently completed her doctorate and is the first DNAP in the Springfield area. “I am humbled, excited and proud to be the first of, I hope many others. I have learned so much, and there is still a mountain left to learn and share with our students.”
Feeney is excited to offer guidance as the nurse anesthesia program transitions from graduate to a doctoral program in the coming years. “Education is never over, it is a lifelong continual process,” said Feeney. “Going through this educational process has sealed that in my mind, and I am excited to bring a doctoral program to Missouri State in the next few years.”
Feeney knows Missouri State School of Anesthesia will continue to be a step above the rest because of reasonably priced tuition, maximum accreditation and long-standing tradition for producing excellent professionals.
“We have an excellent board pass rate, and 100 percent job placement post-graduation,” said Feeney. “I like to think of us as small, but mighty!”