All of the students in the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice program at Missouri State University are required to perform hands-on, human subject research related to anesthesia in order to graduate from the program. The students are assigned a research project in their first semester and work to complete their project throughout the duration of the 30-month program.

Research is always being conducted by students and faculty in the department, examples of current research includes:

Importance of Social Media for CRNAs and State Associations

Appropriate Patient Selection for Anesthesia in Critical Access Hospitals

A Survey of Perioperative Handoff Practices by Nurse Anesthetists

Teamwork: Does Sustainment Training Increase Utilization of the Debrief Tool in the TeamSTEPPS Program

Post-operative nausea and vomiting (PONV) after dilatation and curettage (D&C) procedure: a prospective randomized controlled trial comparing Inhalation anesthesia and total intravenous anesthesia (TIVA)

Examining post-operative pain and nausea with preemptive narcotic administration vs. titrated narcotic administration in laparoscopic cholecystectomy

Cost analysis of maintaining high-flow oxygen concentrations in-between OR cases.

Business Practices of Solo and Independent Anesthesia Providers

Routine Platelet Screening of the Healthy Parturient for Labor Epidural Placement: Is it Necessary?

Sterile Epidural Tray Setup: Improving Student Learning

The Utilization of Video Laryngoscopy in Category 1 Emergency Caesarean Sections

Taking the Pain out of Labor Epidurals

Anesthesia Crisis Resource Management for the Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist

Emergency Manuals in Anesthesia-Implementation of an Emergency Manual at a Level 1 Trauma Center as a Pilot Project

The ability for lidocaine given pre-operatively in the holding area, or OR to decrease the irritation from laryngoscopy during intubation.

Turn over times of students compared to CRNA’s wheels in to wheels out of the OR. This study is divided in 6 month clinical categories.

Time comparison of time to ambulate and participate in physical therapy for total knee replacements receiving general verse spinal anesthetic

The sterility of non-dextrose based IV fluids left for >24o at room temperature in a closed system.

Determine if the baricity of spinal anesthesia used for hip/femur procedures correlates with post-operative pain control duration. This could be a retrospective study looking at type of spinal administered and the timing of the patient’s first dose of post-operative pain medication. Charlie Wilson, Shelli Stockton