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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
Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Several faculty and staff recently presented at the Society for Simulation in Healthcare at The International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) conference in Los Angeles, CA. IMSH is the world's largest conference dedicated to healthcare simulation learning, research and scholarship, offering 250 sessions in various formats, from large plenary sessions to small, interactive immersive courses. It is also considered to be the educational and networking event for the simulation world.

Oral presentations include:

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

DNP- nurse anesthesia alumni Matthew Heyes, Lauren Schnitzen, Deana Staff and faculty members Charles Vacchiano, Chris Muckler and Frank Titch recently published an article entitled "Recertification and Reentry to Practice for Nurse Anesthetists: Determining Core Competencies and Evaluating Performance via High-Fidelity Simulation Technology" in the Journal of Nursing Regulation. Co-authors include experts from Marquette University. 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

DNP alumna Brandi Tinsbloom, MSN alumni Robert Whitehurst and faculty members Chris Muckler and Brett Morgan recently published an article entitled "Evaluating the Implementation of a Preemptive, Multimodal Analgesia Protocol in a Plastic Surgery Office" in Plastic Surgical Nursing. Additional co-author includes William Stoeckel, owner of Wake Plastic Surgery in Cary, NC. 


Friday, August 18, 2017

Virginia "Chris" Muckler and Brett Morgan recently published an article entitled "Creation of a Low-Cost Simulated Trachea for Deliberate Practice of Cricothyrotomy and Retrograde Wire Usein the August issue of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) Journal.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Virginia "Chris" Muckler was recently named as one of Auburn University at Montgomery's (AUM) Top 50 at Fifty alumni. After serving on active duty in the U.S. Air Force, Muckler graduated from Auburn Montgomery in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She was recognized at a special ceremony on May 5 and Chancellor Carl A. Stockton commented that each honoree had truly earned this distinction.

Friday, April 21, 2017

DNP alumna Chelsea Lee, Cheryl Rodgers and Virginia "Chris" Muckler public an article entitled "Reducing Surgery Cancellations at a Pediatric Ambulatory Surgery Center" in the April Issue of the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN) Journal.

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."