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DUSON Celebrates National Nurse Anesthetists Week

To celebrate National Nurse Anesthetists Week, Jan. 23-29, 2011, and the tenth anniversary of the Nurse Anesthesia Program at Duke University School of Nursing, faculty and students enrolled in the program are visiting local schools and volunteering for Habitat for Humanity of Durham.

On Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011, nurse anesthesia students will visit Jordan High School, Leesville High School, Hillside High School, East Chapel Hill High School, Carrboro High School, and Chapel Hill High School to answer questions about the nurse anesthesia profession and to reach out to prospective students.

As primary providers of anesthesia care in rural America, nurse anesthetists work in collaboration with other healthcare professionals and practice in every setting in which anesthesia is delivered: traditional hospital surgical suites and obstetrical delivery rooms; critical access hospitals; ambulatory surgical centers; the offices of dentists, podiatrists, ophthalmologists, plastic surgeons, and pain management specialists; and U.S. military, Public Health Services, and Department of Veterans Affairs healthcare facilities. They have been providing patient care in the United States for nearly 150 years.

On Friday, Jan. 28, 2011, twenty student volunteers will work in the Habitat Garden at Jackson Street in Durham. An additional twenty students along with Duke’s Nurse Anesthesia Program Director Sharon Hawks, DNP, MSN, CRNA, will be assigned to two work areas – the Wall Habitat House and the Morehead Habitat House – to help build homes for two deserving families in Durham, N.C.

Habitat for Humanity of Durham is a non-profit organization that builds, repairs, and sells affordable and sustainable homes in partnership with people in need and communities that care. Founded in 1985, Habitat for Humanity of Durham has broken ground on more than 250 homes for working families in Durham whose housing was unsound, unsafe or overcrowded.

Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON), a diverse community of scholars and clinicians, educates the next generation of transformational leaders in nursing, advances nursing science in issues of global import, and fosters the scholarly practice of nursing. In 2007 US News and World Report ranked Duke among the top 15 graduate schools of nursing in the nation. The School offers masters, PhD, and doctor of nursing practice degrees, as well as an accelerated bachelor of science in nursing degree for students who have previously completed an undergraduate degree. More than 700 individuals enrolled for Spring 2011 classes, the largest number of students in the School’s 80-year history.