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Clinical Practicums

The Nurse Anesthesia program is especially proud of its extensive clinical experience, which includes rotations in a variety of practice settings. 

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Each student is also assigned to a two-month clinical rotation in a smaller community hospital site during both the first and second year of clinical experience. These community hospital clinical rotations allow for further experience with regional anesthetic techniques. The student may choose up to three additional optional rural anesthesia practice rotations as well.

At graduation, students who have completed this intensive, collaborative program receive a Master of Science degree in Nurse Anesthesia from Bryan College of Health Sciences. Graduates are eligible to take the National Board on Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists' national examination to become Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs).


Home Hospitals

Bryan Medical Center

Bryan Medical Center is a 672-bed, not-for-profit, locally owned and governed healthcare organization with two acute-care facilities and numerous outpatient clinics. Our centers of excellence include Bryan Heart; Louis J. Gogela Sr., MD, Neuroscience Institute; orthopedics; and the Institute for Women's and Children's Health. Additional areas of specialty include cancer/oncology; mental health; sleep medicine; rehabilitation; Diabetes Center; substance abuse treatment; radiology; outpatient specialty clinic; inpatient rehabilitation and emergency services.

Bryan Medical Center is recognized as a Level II Trauma Center. It is approved by the Joint Commission on Accreditation for Health Care Organizations and is a member of the American Hospital Association. The Medical Center also is a member of the 41 hospital Heartland Health Alliance.

Bryan also excels in teaching facilities, including education in nursing, respiratory therapy, and radiology technology. Our School of Nurse Anesthesia has been offering classes since 1968. Students in the program work with the medical center's staff of certified registered nurse anesthetists and anesthesiologists.

Students in the program work with Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists and anesthesiologists, who administer approximately 18,000 anesthetics each year at the medical center. The school first accepted students in 1968 and has been in continuous operation since that time. The school, which first opened as a Certificate program, moved to a Baccalaureate program in 1978. Since 1986 students entering the program have earned a Masters Degree.

The anesthesia school was one of the first to offer clinical affiliations in rural areas. The wide variety of clinical experience is one of the primary strengths of the program. Students gain experience in a variety of institutions from small rural facilities to major medical centers. The goal of the program is to produce nurse anesthetists who can successfully practice in any setting.

Ten students are assigned to Bryan Medical Center as their home hospital.

 

The Nebraska Medical Center

The Nebraska Medical Center, Clarkson and University Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska, is the teaching hospital for the University of Nebraska's health science programs. The University's programs include the colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Dentistry, and the School of Allied Health Professions. The facility has 735 licensed beds and has an international reputation for providing solid organ and bone marrow transplantation services. It is well known nationally and regionally for the oncology, neurology and cardiology programs.

 

Required Clinical Affiliations

Students are assigned sequentially to one of the following eight-week required rotations beginning in their first Summer Semester:

York General Hospital

York General Hospital in York, Nebraska (population 7,780) is a 25-bed facility performing approximately 2,000 surgical procedures per year. During an eight-week rotation, students receive experiences in general, regional, obstetrical and outpatient anesthesia. This affiliation is designed to allow students to experience a variety of general and regional anesthesia techniques. Students are required to rotate to this facility or to Columbus Community Hospital in Columbus, Nebraska.

Columbus Community Hospital

Columbus Community Hospital in Columbus, Nebraska (population 21,595) is a 58-bed facility performing approximately 2,050 surgical procedures each year. During an eight-week rotation, students receive experiences in general, regional, obstetrical and outpatient anesthesia. This affiliation is designed to allow students to experience a variety of general and regional anesthesia techniques. Students are required to rotate to this facility or to York General Hospital in York, Nebraska.

Students are assigned sequentially to the following required rotations in the final 18 months of the program:

Good Samaritan Hospital

Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Nebraska (population 30,417), is a 300-bed facility performing approximately 7,000 surgical cases per year. During an eight-week rotation to Good Samaritan students receive a broad spectrum of clinical experience, including extensive experience in regional anesthesia.  Some students may be required to rotate to Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk, Nebraska instead of this site (refer to the optional rotations).

Faith Regional Health Services

Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk, Nebraska (pop 22,940) is a 166-bed facility that performs approximately 4,345 surgical procedures each year. During a four-to-eight-week rotation to Norfolk, students receive experiences in general, regional, obstetrical and outpatient anesthesia. Some students may be assigned to this site instead of the required site at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Nebraska. Other students will use this site as an optional rotation. This affiliation is designed to allow students to experience a variety of general and regional anesthesia techniques in a rural setting.

The Nebraska Medical Center

The Nebraska Medical Center, Clarkson & University Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska (population 438,646), is the teaching hospital for the University of Nebraska's health science programs. The facility performs over 20,000 surgical procedures per year. Three students in each class are assigned to this facility as their home hospital. 

Creighton Saint Joseph Regional Health Care System

Creighton University Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska performs approximately 10,900 surgical procedures per year and is Level I trauma center.  This is a required rotation for the Omaha based clinical cohort.  During the four to twelve week rotations students receive experiences in intrathoracic, intracranial, obstetric, and regional techniques.
 

Clinical Affiliations - Optional Rotations:

All students may participate in four-week clinical rotations to the following clinical sites.  The student may choose up to three rotations.

Avera St. Anthony's Hospital

Avera St. Anthony's Hospital in O'Neill, Nebraska (population 3,338 ) is a 25-bed facility performing approximately 1,159 surgical procedures each year. Students receive experiences in general, regional, obstetrical and outpatient anesthesia. This affiliation is designed to allow students to experience a variety of general and regional anesthesia techniques in a rural setting. During a rotation to O'Neill, students may accompany clinical instructors to West Holt Memorial Hospital in Atkinson, Nebraska (population 1,095) and/or Brown County Hospital in Ainsworth, Nebraska (population 1,628).

Tri-County Hospital

Tri-County Hospital in Lexington, Nebraska (population 10,126) is a 40-bed facility performing approximately 1,300 surgical procedures each year. Students receive experiences in general, regional, obstetrical and outpatient anesthesia. This affiliation is designed to allow students to experience a variety of general and regional anesthesia techniques.

St. Francis Memorial Hospital

St. Francis Memorial Hospital in West Point, Nebraska (population 3,354) is a 25-bed facility performing approximately 800 surgical procedures per year. Students receive hands-on experience in general, regional, obstetrical and outpatient anesthesia in a rural practice setting.

Fremont Area Medical Center

Fremont Area Medical Center in Fremont, Nebraska (population 25,224) is a 100-bed facility performing approximately 3,600 surgical procedures per year. Students receive experiences in general, regional, obstetrical and outpatient anesthesia. This affiliation is designed to allow students to experience a variety of general and regional anesthesia techniques.

Community Medical Center

Community Medical Center in Falls City, Nebraska (population 4,017) performs approximately 625 surgical procedures per year. Students receive experiences in general, regional, obstetrical and outpatient anesthesia. This affiliation is designed to allow students to experience a variety of general and regional anesthesia techniques in a rural setting.

Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital

Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital in Hastings, Nebraska (population 25,394) performs approximately 5,621 surgical procedures per year. Students receive experiences in general, regional, obstetrical and outpatient anesthesia. This affiliation is designed to allow students to experience a variety of general and regional anesthesia techniques.

Veterans Administration Health Care System

Omaha Division  - The VA Health Care System - Omaha Division (population 438,646) performs approximately 3,500 surgical procedures per year. During an optional four to eight-week rotation to VA-Omaha, students receive experiences in general, thoracic, regional and outpatient anesthesia. This affiliation is designed to allow students to experience a variety of general and regional anesthesia techniques.

Grand Island St. Francis Medical Center

St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island, Nebraska (pop. 46,861) is a 130 bed hospital that performs approximately 2,322 surgical procedures per year.  During a four to eight week rotation, students receive experiences in general, regional, obstetrical and outpatient anesthesia. The affiliation is designed to allow students to experience a variety of general and regional anesthesia techniques in a community setting

Crete Area Medical Center

Crete Area Medical Center Crete, Nebraska (pop. 6,028) is a 25 bed hospital with two surgery suites.  The facility is located within an hour of Omaha and 20 minute commute from Lincoln.  During a four to eight week rotation, students receive experiences in general, regional, obstetrical and outpatient anesthesia. 

Buena Vista Regional Medical Center

Buena Vista Regional Medical Center, Storm Lake, Iowa (pop. 10076) is a 54 bed hospital that performs around 3,600 procedures each year. Students receive experiences in general, regional, obstetrical and outpatient anesthesia. This affiliation is designed to allow students to experience a variety of general and regional anesthesia techniques in a rural setting.

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