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Release: Immediate

Edward Thompson assumes post as director of UI Anesthesia Nursing Program

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.