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Virginia (Chris) Muckler, DNP, CRNA, CHSE

Assistant Professor
(919) 684-9307
3049 Pearson Building

Virginia “Chris” Muckler, DNP, CRNA, joined the School of Nursing faculty in July 2012 as Clinical Education Coordinator (CEC) for DUSON’s nurse anesthesia program, a post she held in an interim capacity since Fall 2011. As CEC, Dr. Muckler is responsible for the management of the nurse anesthesia program’s clinical sites and preceptors as well as our CRNA students’ clinical experiences. She will teach a number of nurse anesthesia specialty courses.

After serving on active duty in the United States Air Force, Chris earned a BSN at Auburn University. She completed the MSN at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (in conjunction with the Raleigh School of Nurse Anesthesia), achieved certification as a CRNA, and joined the staff of Durham Regional Hospital in 2002. Since then, she has held managerial and staff positions as a CRNA at Durham Regional, and in those capacities served as a clinical preceptor for Duke nurse anesthesia students long before coming to DUSON.

Dr. Muckler earned her DNP from the Duke University School of Nursing in 2011 with “Focused Anesthesia Interview Resources (FAIR) to Improve Efficiency and Quality” as her capstone project and was a recipient of the Mary Hanna Memorial Journalism Award in 2013 for her work. Her scholarly interests include simulation, verbal care plans, day-of-surgery cancellations and delays, the use and effect of intravenous acetaminophen, and bariatric anesthesia. She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, North Carolina Association of Nurse Anesthetists, and Sigma Theta Tau. Dr. Muckler is also a National League for Nursing (NLN) Simulation Leader. This year-long Leadership Development Program for 20 Simulation Educators competitively selected across the nation, participate in the NLN’s faculty leadership development initiative, designed for those interested in assuming a leadership role in the research or administration of simulation programs in nursing education. This program aims to expand the science of nursing education while developing personal leadership skills.

Academic Program Affiliations

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice Program
  • Master of Science in Nursing Program
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice Program
  • Master of Science in Nursing Program


  • DNP - Duke University School of Nursing
  • MSN - University of North Carolina-Greensboro and Raleigh School of Nurse Anesthesia
  • BSN - Auburn University

Research Interests

Research Interests:

• Evaluation of educational preparation of RNs for preoperative anesthesia

• Day-of-surgery cancellations and delays

• Use and effect of intravenous acetaminophen in orthopedic surgeries

Awards and Honors

  • 2013 || Mary Hanna Memorial Journalism Award (for article "Focused anesthesia interview resource to improve efficiency and quality"), American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses (ASPAN)
  • 1997 || Inducted, Sigma Theta Tau International
  • 1996 || Dean's List, Auburn University
  • 1995 || Air Force Achievement Medal for Meritorious Service, U.S. Air Force
  • 1994 || Inducted, Alpha Sigma Lambda
  • 1993 || Certificate of Commendation, U.S. Air Force
  • 1993 || Dean's List, Troy State University, Montgomery, AL
  • 1992 || Student Leadership Recognition

Areas of Expertise

  • Anesthesia

Representative Publications

  • 2015 -- PubMed # : 25813298 Rice, A. N. and Muckler, V. C. and Miller, W. R. and Vacchiano, C. A. Fast-tracking ambulatory surgery patients following anesthesia. J Perianesth Nurs. April, 2015 30(2); 124-33
  • 2012 -- PubMed # : 23164202 Muckler, V. C. and Vacchiano, C. A. and Sanders, E. G. and Wilson, J. P. and Champagne, M. T. Focused anesthesia interview resource to improve efficiency and quality. J Perianesth Nurs. December, 2012 27(6); 376-84
  • 2012 -- Muckler, V. Anesthesia abuse. In Salem Health: Addictions and Substance Abuse edited by Montvilo, R. K.. 2012; : Salem Press. 2012
  • 2012 -- Muckler, V. Food addiction. In Salem Health: Addictions and Substance Abuse edited by Montvilo, R. K.. 2012; : Salem Press. 2012
  • 2001 -- PubMed # : 11740779 Watkins, A. C. and White, P. F. Fast-tracking after ambulatory surgery. J Perianesth Nurs. 16(6); 379-87
Thursday, March 9, 2017

Virginia "Chris" Muckler was reappointed to the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists Airway Management Techniques Continued Professional Certification Core Module Recognition Panel. She has served on the Airway Management Techniques Recognition Panel since 2015. The work of this panel includes reviewing the CPC airway module content submitted by CE vendors to assure it meets instructional design.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Virginia "Chris" Muckler and Charles "Chuck" Vacchiano published an article entitled "Point-of-Contact Assessment of Nurse Anesthetists' Knowledge and Perceptions of Management of Anesthesia-Related Critical Incidents" in the February issue of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Journal. Other co-authors included Linda Stone with Raleigh School of Nurse Anesthesia and Scott Tyrey with American Anesthesiology of North Carolina.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Virginia "Chris" Muckler published an article entitled "Exploring Suspension of Disbelief During Simulation-based Learning" in the Clinical Simulation in Nursing.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Nurse Anesthesia alumni Adrienne Schwartz and William Morrow published articles in the summer 2016 issue of the International Student Journal of Nurse Anesthesia. Schwartz's article is entitled "Anesthetic Management of 4-year-old with Bilateral Wilms Tumors," and Morrow's article is entitled "Difficult Airway with a Double-lumen Tube."

Friday, August 19, 2016

Virginia "Chris" Muckler was recently selected as the 2016 Distinguished Alumni for the School of Nursing at Auburn University at Montgomery. She will receive the award at the Pinning Ceremony for the fall 2016 graduates in December.

According to Barbara S. Witt Professor and Dean of the Auburn School of Nursing Jean D'Meza Leuner, Muckler was chosen for her professional accomplishments since graduating from the School. "You bring incredible recognition to the program and honor us all through your achievements," she said.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Maryilyn Oermann gave the keynote address on "Publishing the Best Practices for QSEN" at the 2016 QSEN National Conference in San Antonio, Texas. The conference theme was "The New Frontier: Forging Partnerships for Lifelong Learning in Quality and Safety."

Friday, October 9, 2015

Several nurse anesthesia students showcased their posters at the annual North Carolina Association of Nurse Anesthetists (NCANA) Conference in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Student Rebecca Swensen came in first place for her work on the Bass Connections project with faculty members Brett Morgan and Chris Muckler.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Charles Vacchiano and Virginia Muckler has an article entitled "Fast-tracking ambulatory surgery patients following anesthesia" that has been published in the Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

At the 2014 national Education Summit sponsored by the National League for Nursing (NLN) and held in Phoenix, several members of the DUSON community were honored. Danielle (Dani) Rourke, an ABSN student who will complete the program in May 2015, was recognized as the winner of the Student Excellence Paper competition.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Chris Muckler has been accepted for participation in the National League for Nursing’s Leadership Development Program for Simulation Educators.