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Release: April 2, 1999

EDITOR'S NOTE: Photo accompanies story; see cutline below.

Local nurse earns master's degree in nursing anesthesia

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- (Name), of (city), is one of six students who recently earned a master's degree in nursing anesthesia from the University of Iowa.

The UI Nursing Anesthesia 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 30-month 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.

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Following is a list of UI nursing anesthesia graduates by hometown:

Burlington: Christie Johnson

Iowa City: Kathy Boyle; Thuy Phan; Julie Schieltz

Kalona: Sue Roetlin Gingerich

Solon: Ann Serbouset

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Graduates of the University of Iowa's Nursing Anesthesia Program are pictured with Melanie Dreher, Ph.D., professor and dean of the UI College of Nursing. From left to right, they are: Julie Schieltz, Christie Johnson, Thuy Phan, Dean Melanie Dreher, Sue Roetlin Gingerich, Ann Serbouset, and Kathy Boyle.