Missouri State University
Matthew Foster

Matthew Foster

Nurse chooses to pursue a career as a CRNA to advocate for patients on a whole other level

“I chose to pursue a career as a CRNA because as a CRNA I would be able to advocate for my patient on a whole other level.”

Matthew Foster grew up in Springfield and graduated high school at Greenwood Laboratory School (on the Missouri State campus).  He graduated with his Bachelors in Hospitality and Restaurant Administration from MSU in 2005 (when it was still SMSU).  He did not feel like he was accomplishing what he wanted in life so he decided to pursue a career in nursing.  He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing in 2010 and worked in Neuro-Trauma Intensive Care at Cox South until getting accepted into the first Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia cohort at MSU.  Foster said, “I chose to pursue a career as a CRNA because as a CRNA I would be able to advocate for my patient on a whole other level.”  As a CRNA, you are taking away the patient's ability to protect themselves on the most basic level while they undergo surgery.  This means that you must take over their physiological processes and keep them safe.

Foster and his wife, Beth, just celebrated their 9th anniversary with two of their favorite things, St. Louis Cardinals baseball, and a concert (The Alabama Shakes).  Their other favorite hobby is putting a canoe in the river and just enjoying the outdoors.  They have three children:  Basset Hounds, Sutton, Izzy, and Fred.  “They don't do much besides lay around, but they are awesome,” Foster said.  

Foster learned more than he could believe in the weeks of his first clinical rotation.  “I am very excited to see where I will be when graduation rolls around in two years,” he said.