James K. Keaton


School of Anesthesia

Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

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Missouri State University
School of Anesthesia
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897


James Keaton is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) with over 10 years of experience in anesthesia and 20 years in nursing and healthcare.

Mr. Keaton has worked full time for the Anesthesia department at Mercy Springfield, a Level I Trauma center. From 2010 to 2021, he provided anesthesia to patients across the lifespan in every surgical specialty offered at Mercy. He also served as part of the department leadership. Before his position as a CRNA, he was employed by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) as a staff RN in the Surgical ICU.



  • DNAP, 2021, Texas Wesleyan University
  • MSNA, 2009, Missouri State University
  • BSN, 2004, University of Central Arkansas


  • Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist


  • ANE 700 Informatics and Graduate Studies for Anesthesia
  • ANE 714 Orientation to Clinical Anesthesia
  • ANE 745 Anesthesia Pharmacology I
  • ANE 746 Anesthesia Pharmacology II
  • Simulations and Skills Lab

Professional experience

  • Simulations and Skills Lab Coordinator, School of Anesthesia, Missouri State University
  • CRNA and departmental leadership, Anesthesia department, Mercy Springfield (Level I Trauma center), 2010-2021
  • Staff RN, Surgical ICU, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS)

Research and professional interests

  • The use of Dexmedetomidine to prevent emergence delirium in patients with/without a PTSD diagnosis
  • Pharmacologic interventions to prevent emergence and post-operative delirium across the life span
  • Simulation and skill-based learning for the Student Registered Nurse Anesthetist (SRNA)