What started as a capstone project for two nurse anesthesia students has become a résumé-worthy accomplishment.
Inna Malkin and Gwen Locke, seniors at Adventist University, developed an online course that certified registered nurse anesthetists can take for continuing education credits. The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) will publish their project, Peripheral Nerve Injury and Positioning in the OR, this year.
Through it, anesthetists can learn more about how to prevent nerve injuries, the second greatest risk after death in patients who are undergoing anesthesia.
Kathy Wren, chair of the Department of Nurse Anesthesia, says she’s proud of her students for achieving a level of scholarship that many licensed anesthesiologists have yet to obtain. “This will give them a certain prestige in the nurse anesthesiology community and help when they apply for doctoral programs,” Wren says.
But the real motivation for pursuing the project is much closer to the heart than the head, Malkin says. “I’m happy to make a difference for our patients.”
Locke agrees. “It’s very satisfying that this initial curiosity turned into a labor of love, and that the information can be disseminated to a wider community.”