November 16, 2018  

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USM Nurse Anesthesia Program Students Defend Doctoral Work

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The College of Nursing at The University of Southern Mississippi is set to graduate its second cohort of Nurse Anesthesia students in December. This current class consists of 19 students who began their doctoral endeavor in the spring of 2014.

As part of their program requirements, these students must propose and defend doctoral projects that create an anesthesia practice change. The defense of these doctoral projects began in early September and are scheduled to conclude in mid-October.

 “After watching our seniors defend their DNP projects, I believe the future of anesthesia is bright,” said Dr. Marjorie Geisz-Everson, Interim Program Director of the Nurse Anesthesia Program, as she reflected on the importance of the research that students have conducted. “I am proud of the way these students have demonstrated mastery of the DNP essentials.”

The College of Nursing houses the state’s only Nurse Anesthesia Program.

“Students are completing innovative projects that have the potential to significantly impact anesthesia practice and improve the profession,” said Dr. Lachel Story, Interim Chair, Department of Advanced Practice.

For information about The College of Nursing and its program, visit