CONTACT: DEREK MAURER
2130 Medical Laboratories
Iowa City IA 52242
Edward Thompson assumes post as director of UI Anesthesia Nursing
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Edward Thompson, Ph.D., recently began his duties
as the new director of the University of Iowa College of Nursing's Anesthesia
Nursing Program. As director of the program, Thompson holds faculty appointments
in both the nursing college and the College of Medicine department of anesthesia.
Thompson, who assumed his new post on June 15, came to Iowa from the
Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., where he had directed that institution's
nurse anesthetist training program since 1988. He is a certified nurse
anesthetist specializing in cardiovascular thoracic anesthesia and earned
his doctorate in nursing at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
The UI Anesthesia Nursing Program is Iowa's only training program for
nurse anesthetists. Students-who must have bachelor of science in nursing
degrees and at least one year of critical care nursing experience to be
admitted to the 2 1/2-year program-earn master of science degrees and are
eligible to obtain national certification as nurse anesthetists. Nurses
provide the majority of anesthesia services in rural areas and an increasing
share in urban hospitals as well.