SYLVANIA—Lori Datkun, a nurse for 18 years, always had a goal of becoming a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) with an opportunity for increased responsibilities and rewards.
Flower Hospital President Alan Sattler, right, presents a $1 million check to Lourdes College president Robert Helmer for the institution’s nurse anesthesia program. (Photo courtesy of Lourdes College)
She was thrilled when Lourdes College established its Master of Science in Nursing program for nurse anesthesia — the only program of its kind in the area. Now Ms. Datkun will receive financial support to complete the program, thanks to a scholarship funded by the ProMedica Flower Hospital/McKesson Memorial Fund.
Through the McKesson Memorial Fund, ProMedica Flower Hospital is donating $1 million over a 10-year period to Lourdes College’s Master of Science in Nursing: Nurse Anesthesia Program (MSN:NAP).
“I enrolled at Lourdes because of the new MSN program for nurse anesthesia,” says Ms. Datkun. “Being chosen as a scholarship recipient was a complete surprise to both me and my family and was definitely an answer to our prayers.”
This endowed scholarship is a commitment to the students: approximately 80 percent of the funding is to be used for students enrolled in Lourdes’ MSN: NAP who demonstrate financial need and academic merit. Lourdes College is to invest the remainder into continuing education in the field of anesthesia, staff development, direct support for the training program and the creation of a lecture series.
Lourdes MSN:NAP was recently accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs. Upon completion of the 28-month program, graduates are prepared to take the national certification exam to become certified and practice as CRNAs.
“CRNAs are critical to successful workflow in surgery and in delivering anesthesia during surgery,” says Alan Sattler, president, ProMedica Flower Hospital. “We saw this as an investment with Lourdes in the community as well as the students. The hope is that as these Lourdes students complete their degrees and become CRNAs they will have developed strong relationships with our staffs and physicians and will stay in this community.”
Jill Liebnau, nurse anesthesia program administrator for Lourdes College, said the first class is already full. “We established the MSN:NAP because there is an unfilled need and desire for this type of program in the region and it has shown in our enrollment,” she says.
In recognition of the donation, Lourdes recently dedicated the ProMedica Flower Hospital/McKesson Nurse Anesthesia Lab. Designed as a resource for students in the MSN:NAP program, the lab is located on campus in St. Joseph Hall, alongside the college’s primary nursing laboratory.
Students enrolled in Lourdes’ MSN:NAP will be assigned to a physician or nurse anesthesia mentor who will guide the students during their clinical experience at ProMedica facilities.
The endowed scholarship fund is made possible through the ProMedica Flower Hospital/McKesson Memorial Fund. Elmer I McKesson, M.D., a consulting anesthesiologist at Flower Hospital until his death in 1935, was known throughout the world as a scientist, physician, educator and inventor. The McKesson Memorial Fund was established for the perpetual research, education and study of anesthesia.