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Kathleen Piotrowski

Kathleen Piotrowski

I received my bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1987. I was commissioned in the US Air Force and work 4.5 years as an RN.  I then received my master’s degree in nursing and nurse anesthesia and have been a certified registered nurse anesthetist since 1995.  I originally practiced and had the good fortune to teach in the clinical arena for 12 years.  For the last 10 years, I have been a professor in nurse anesthesia graduate programs at 2 Universities. I was appointed the director of the DNP-Nurse Anesthesia program in 2013. I was recently promoted to a Clinical Associate Professor.  I received my doctor of nursing practice degree in 2011 from the University of Arizona.  I have had no formal education in education but I have worked to learn about the scholarship of teaching and learning.  People will say that you cannot teach degrees in healthcare online.  We started a totally unique doctorate level nurse anesthesia educational program at the University of Arizona College of Nursing.  We developed a fully accredited hybrid–doctoral level nurse anesthesia program.  I knew that we could create a learning environment whereby the students were at a distance and we could meet weekly and have virtual classrooms interactions.   The flipped classroom in my mind was the key—-you NEED to interact with students for this degree/career!  I am still working on 100% buy-in from my faculty, CRNAs, and CRNA educators but our proof will be in our graduation and certification pass rates.  More to come!