Virginia (Chris) Muckler, DNP, CRNA, CHSE

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
Representative Publications
  • 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. 2012 .
  • 2012 -- Muckler, V. Food addiction. 2012 .
  • 2001 -- PubMed # : 11740779 -- Watkins, A. C. and White, P. F. Fast-tracking after ambulatory surgery. J Perianesth Nurs. 16(6); 379-87.
  • 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.
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