Yesterday I had the wonderful pleasure of welcoming the first class of Nurse Anesthesia students to be enrolled in the newly accredited Southern Miss Nurse Anesthesia Program. The 20 students talked about their excitement of being able to achieve this educational dream at Southern Miss and their apprehension of the program’s rigor. They are beginning an educational journey that will provide them with the competencies and knowledge needed to be certified as a nurse anesthetist, as well as, the skills to assume leadership in their practice area and in the health care arena.
The implementation of the Nurse Anesthesia Program is another landmark in the history of Southern Miss nursing and is the only nurse anesthesia degree granting program in Mississippi. This program is a 36 month, post-baccalaureate to Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.
We look forward to the success of this inaugural class.