Missouri State University
Desiree Mauppins

Desiree Mauppins

Motorcycle enthusiast finds adventure as a CRNA

“A CRNA is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist who puts people to sleep, but it’s so much more challenging than just that.”

Desiree Mauppins is earning a degree as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Arkansas, and worked in the emergency room, telemetry, surgical and cardiovascular intensive care units, and trauma.

After several years as an RN, Mauppins decided to pursue her master's degree.  Following a year of research and shadowing the different areas in nursing, she concluded that she wanted to be a CRNA. She said, “At the time, I could not spell, much less say the words, ‘NURSE ANESTHETIST’.” 

What is a CRNA? 

“A CRNA is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist who puts people to sleep, but it’s so much more challenging than just that,” Mauppins stated.  A CRNA is the one person who examines the individual person undergoing surgery and provides the safest, evidence-based anesthetic defined by the individual’s medical and surgical history. Understanding each drug and the pharmacological effects on each organ system and disease process is necessary to provide a safe and effective anesthetic.

The practice of a CRNA is integrated with knowledge and understanding in nursing, pharmacology, pathophysiology, and molecular and cellular biology. The CRNA is with the patient before, during, and after surgery. It is also the CRNA’s responsibility to make sure the patient’s pain management is well-controlled. A CRNA can practice in the hospital operating room, ambulatory surgery centers, pain management clinics, physician’s offices, private or public sectors, and military.

Missouri State's School of Anesthesia provides the educational and clinical experience that prepares an individual with the foundation, knowledge and experience needed to work independently and with autonomy once completed.

Mauppins lives in Springfield, Missouri, with her family. She and her husband, Brad, have four children, three dogs, a cat and a fish. They passionately pursue a lifelong hobby of adventure motorcycle travel, domestic and abroad and fuel that endeavor with a healthy love of adventure eating. She is looking forward to graduating from the MSU School of Anesthesia in June 2016.