Case Western Reserve University's Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing played an active role in the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists' (AANA) annual meeting and 75th anniversary celebration, which was held in Cleveland earlier this month.
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton delivered the keynote address to AANA members.
Cleveland plays an integral role in the history of nurse anesthesia education. In 1914, George Crile (of Cleveland Clinic fame) and Agatha Hodgins, his nurse anesthetist, went to France to assist the group planning in the establishment of hospitals that would care for the sick and wounded members of the Allied Forces in World War I. They taught both physicians and nurses from England and France how to administer anesthesia.
In 1931, Hodgins, considered a pioneer in the field of nurse anesthesia education, founded the National Association of Nurse Anesthetists in Cleveland. The organization officially changed its name and became the AANA eight years later.
The predecessor to the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing Program of Nurse Anesthesia was the Mt. Sinai Medical Center of Nurse Anesthesia. The initial program, affiliated with Ursuline College, awarded a bachelor's degree, followed soon after with a master's degree. The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Program of Nurse Anesthesia was established in 1969, becoming the second hospital-based nurse anesthesia program to become affiliated with Case and the Bolton School. In 2001, University Hospitals of Cleveland became a second clinical site for the Bolton School's program of nurse anesthesia. Its first class graduated in 2004.
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