Partnership with the Diversity Nurse Anesthesia Mentorship Program (DNAMP): The DNAMP works with Nurse Anesthesia Programs around the country to encourage and support minority and disadvantaged pre-nursing and nursing students to prepare for and enter CRNA programs. Dr. Wallena Gould, the founder and CEO, seeks to establish regional centers for preparing and mentoring underserved, diverse RNs for the successful path to the CRNA profession. UTC intends to become the regional center for the southeast.
Annually, the project team, with the assistance of Wallena Gould, CEO of DNAMP, will plan and host an in-person, two daylong learning workshop on the UTC campus. The workshop, which includes an airway simulation lab, provides those nurses interested in becoming CRNAs with a pathway to pursuing the profession as well as exposure to technical skills necessary to becoming a CRNA.
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga relationship has already born fruit, with qualified minority applicants applying for UTC’s CRNA program through DNAMP outreach. Dr. Linda Hill, the CRNAs in 3D Project Director, participated as a faculty panelist at the DNAMP’s June 2014 Diversity CRNA Information Session.
Erlanger Health System: The primary site in Chattanooga for educating nurses in the field of nurse anesthesia is the region’s Level-One Trauma Center for adults, and Children’s Hospital at Erlanger is the region’s only pediatric hospital.
CHI Memorial: Memorial Hospital is a medical and surgical hospital in Chattanooga that serves as an additional clinical site for nurse anesthesia students.
North Mississippi Medical Center: Through distance learning technology, students in Tupelo, MS are able to participate in didactic courses while completing their clinical education at North Mississippi Medical Center.