Virtual Nursing Grand Rounds: History of Nurse Anesthesia

JHSON Virtual Nursing Grand Rounds: The History of Nurse Anesthesia

The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing in partnership with the Nu Beta at Large Chapter of Sigma will offer a monthly Virtual Nursing Grand Rounds Continuing Nursing Education Series, providing an educational program led by top researchers from around the world.

In this January grand round, faculty from the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Nurse Anesthesia program will describe the history of the nurse anesthesia practice. They will recognize the names of various leaders responsible for the evolution of the nurse anesthesia practice, and articulate the history of accreditation in nurse anesthesia education.



Andrew Benson, DNP, CRNA, FAAN is the assistant program director of the DNP Nurse Anesthesia Track at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and the former chief CRNA at Johns Hopkins Hospital (JHH). Dr. Benson has immense experience in anesthesiology, clinical practice, and team leadership. As the chief CRNA, he led a team of more than 100 CRNAs at JHH and provided administrative oversight of all CRNAs across the entire Johns Hopkins Health Care System. During his tenure at Johns Hopkins, he has assumed a number of leadership positions. He has served as Weinberg Clinical Lead for Colorectal and Plastics, was an integral member in the implementation of the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) program, and founded and assumed leadership of the Advanced Practice Advisory Council at JHH. He has completed scholarly work on the topic of ERAS implementation and presented at the Armstrong Institute Patient Safety Summit. He promoted advocacy and advancement of clinical practice of the Maryland CRNAs through policy, education, and awareness during his involvement with the Maryland Association of Nurse Anesthetists, which included serving as its president. Dr. Benson earned a BA in biology at Carroll College, a BSN at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, an MSN at Duke University School of Nursing, and a DNP at Rush University.

Catherine Horvath, DNP, MSN, CRNA is an educator and administrator of the newly established DNP Nurse Anesthesia Program at JHSON. A certified nurse anesthetist, she has practiced in a variety of setting with differing surgical specialties and distinct care-delivery models for nearly 30 years. She has an interest in simulation pedagogy, leading innovative approaches to incorporate novel educational uses of simulation into the training curricula. She has served on the NBCRNA Simulation Sub-committee task force and is an inaugural member of the INACSL APRN Special Interest Group. Dr. Horvath has written on medication security related to patient and provider safety and has a passion for wellness and prevention of chemical dependency in the health care professional. She is currently the chair of the AANA Health & Wellness Committee and continues to regularly practice as a CRNA in the clinical setting.

Sarah Rollison, DNP, CRNA is the clinical education coordinator within the DNP Nurse Anesthesia Track at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. Dr. Rollison has extensive clinical expertise in anesthesia for neurosurgery, electrophysiology, gender-affirming surgery, and Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) procedures. Dr. Rollison also brings immense leadership experience, having served as the interim chief CRNA for Johns Hopkins Hospital and former lead CRNA for orientation and onboarding, where she directed and managed a group of over 100 CRNAs and introduced all new CRNAs to the operating room. Dr. Rollison earned her DNP degree from Duke University, where she served as student representative to the Board of the North Carolina Association of Nurse Anesthetists and president of her graduating class and received the Faculty Excellence Award for success in leadership and clinical performance. Dr. Rollison's scholarly work has centered on simulation education for the advanced practice registered nurse, including in situ simulations and interdisciplinary team simulation with a focus on team crisis management.

Marjorie Everson, PhD, MSN, CRNA is certified nurse anesthetist, and is currently serving as adjunct faculty for the DNP Nurse Anesthesia Track at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. Dr. Everson is a member of the Board of Trustees at the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology Foundation. She previously served as the assistant professor and interim director of the Nurse Anesthesia program at the University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. Everson earned her PhD at the Virginia Commonwealth University and her MSN in Nurse Anesthesia at the Xavier University of Louisiana.

The Virtual Nursing Grand Rounds NCPD (CNE) Series will offer attendees one NCPD (CNE) credit upon completion of each session, with the goal of fulfilling the JHSON’s mission of providing lifelong learning for health care professionals within the community. 

The Virtual Nursing Grand Rounds NCPD (CNE) Series is sponsored by the Nu Beta at Large Chapter of Sigma, the Honor Society of Nursing. The Nu Beta Chapter was established at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing in 1992. In 2018, the Johns Hopkins Health System joined the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing to become the first At-Large Chapter of Sigma. You can learn more here:

 Event Date
Wednesday, January 26, 2022
Start Time: 11:30am EDT
End Time: 1:00pm EDT

Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

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