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Michael J. Kremer, CRNA, PhD, FAAN, Professor & Director, Nurse Anesthesia Program and Co-Director, Rush University Simulation Lab, has been elected to Distinguished Fellowship in the National Academies of Practice (NAP) and the Nursing Academy as a Distinguished Practitioner & Fellow. Kremer will be inducted on April 5, 2014 during the NAP Annual Meeting & Forum in Alexandria, Virginia.

NAP is a non-profit organization founded in 1981 to advise governmental bodies on our healthcare system. Distinguished practitioners and scholars are elected by their peers from ten different health professions to join the only interprofessional group of healthcare practitioners and scholars dedicated to supporting affordable, accessible, coordinated quality healthcare for all.

Distinguished Practitioners and Fellows have spent a significant portion of their professional career in the practice and direct delivery of health care services, have an exemplary career of ten years or more, and are committed to interprofessional practice and accessible, affordable healthcare for all. Applicants are judged by distinguished peers to have made significant and enduring contributions in their profession.

The Rush Nurse Anesthesia program has a 49 year history of innovation in nursing, and under the direction of Kremer has demonstrated exceptional success in nursing education.

  • The Rush Nurse Anesthesia Program began in 1965 as a certificate program offered through the Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Hospital Anesthesia Department.
     
  • In 1979, the Rush Nurse Anesthesia Program was the first in the country to offer a Master’s of Science in Nursing degree. Rush was among the first programs in the U.S. to offer a Doctor of Nursing practice entry degree in 2012.
     
  • Over 40 CRNAs have completed post-master’s DNP or PhD degrees at Rush. Many of those graduates serve in local, regional and national leadership positions. Fifteen nurse anesthesia program administrators across the U.S. are Rush graduates.
     
  • The first time certification exam pass rate for program graduates over 30 years is 97%.
     
  • Graduates from the class of 2013 each provided an average of 1,068 anesthetics to patients across the lifespan at all acuity levels undergoing surgical and diagnostic procedures of varying complexity.
     
  • Students obtain clinical experiences at eight clinical sites: Rush University Medical Center, Stroger Hospital of Cook County, MacNeal Memorial Hospital, Rush-Oak Park Hospital, Loyola-Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, Skokie Hospital, the Rush Surgicenter and the Glen Endoscopy Center.

The NAP website describes the role of nursing in interdisciplinary health care:

Nursing shares with all health care disciplines a primary commitment toward the ideal of health for all. The role of nursing varies based upon the population of patients being cared for, but consistently involves patient assessment, patient education, implementation, and evaluation of nursing measures to promote comfort, health and restorative care. The complex nature of today's health issues and health care systems require nurses to work collaboratively with other disciplines to achieve desired outcomes.

Therefore the roles of Nursing in interdisciplinary health care would include:

  • Providing direct nursing care in a wide variety of settings (hospitals, schools, outpatient clinics, home and the community), as primary care provider or member of an interdisciplinary team;
     
  • Collaborating with other health professionals through joint planning, decision making, goal setting, and policy development to address health needs of individuals and populations;
     
  • Providing leadership and coordinating interdisciplinary care across the health-illness continuum with attention to physiological, psychological, socio-cultural, developmental and spiritual needs of populations;
     
  • Providing leadership in the delivery of primary care with special attention to health promotion and disease prevention;
     
  • Providing leadership in the education of health professionals that supports the principles of evidence-based care, patient-centered care, using information technology, working effectively in interdisciplinary teams, and applying quality improvement strategies;
     
  • Advocating for consumers of health care for participation in decision-making, access, availability and acceptability of care;
     
  • Participating in interdisciplinary research which measures processes, health status, outcomes, and cost benefits of interdisciplinary models/interventions of care;
     
  • Reducing cost and maximize the efficiency of health care delivery without sacrificing quality by embracing an environment of collaboration; and
     
  • Establishing liaisons with the other health care disciplines with the purpose of considering collaborative/interdisciplinary endeavors for the promotion of health care to individuals, families and groups.

 




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