Nurse Anesthesia Program Reaccredited, Professors Elected to AANA Roles

JUNE 25, 2014 – The Nurse Anesthesia Program at the School of Nursing & Health Studies has received a 10-year reaccreditation from the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA).

This is the maximum length of time the organization will reaccredit a nurse anesthesia program before the next review.

‘Maximum Accreditation’

Francis Gerbasi, PhD, CRNA, the organization’s executive director, notes that “very few programs are granted accreditation with no progress report required” and ”even fewer programs have achieved the maximum accreditation” of 10 years.

“Therefore, the directors of the COA are particularly pleased to offer their congratulations to everyone at the program who has demonstrated their commitment to meeting the requirements for continued accreditation,” he says.  “Please accept the COA’s congratulations on the program’s performance in achieving maximum accreditation status.”

20th Anniversary

Donna Jasinski, PhD, CRNA, the founding director of Georgetown’s program, says she is gratified by the outcome.

“What a wonderful achievement and recognition as we celebrate our 20th anniversary,” says Jasinski, who started the program in 1994.  “We are very grateful to the council for its continuing confidence in our program, and I am especially thankful to our students, faculty, staff, and alumni whose commitment has made Georgetown’s program what it is today.”

New AANA Roles

In other news, Ladan Eshkevari, PhD, CRNA, LAc, associate professor of nursing and assistant director of the program, has been elected to serve on the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) Foundation board. This past April, she earned the foundation’s John F. Garde Researcher of the Year Award.

“The foundation is the research and development arm of our professional organization, and this is a true honor to serve,” she says.  “I hope to serve the AANA and the school well.”

Additionally, Jasinski, whose term on the AANA board of directors concludes this September, was elected to serve on the association’s program committee.

By Bill Cessato