United States Air Force Nurse Anesthetist Program | 1990 | CRNA
Loyola University of Chicago | 1981 | M.S.N.
University of Arizona | 1978 | B.S.N.
In 2004, Dr. Burns served as an adjunct faculty while maintaining a busy clinical anesthesia practice. She transitioned to part-time faculty serving as the assistant director of the nurse anesthesia program until 2010 when she was appointed program director. In 2016, she designed and launched Midwestern University's first distance education program: Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs).
A nurse for more than 42 years, Dr. Burns is a retired U.S. Air Force major.
College of Health Sciences - AZ
Nurse Anesthesia Practice (D.N.A.P.)
Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice curriculum
PI with COA Scholarly Project Special Interest Group: Survey on Scholarly Work for COA Practice Doctoral Programs
Imus, F.S., Burns, S. M. & Weglarz, D. (2017). Self-Efficacy and graduate education in a nurse anesthesia program: A pilot study. AANA Journal, 85(3): 1-12.
Player, K.N. & Burns, S. (2015). Leadership Skills: New Nurse to Nurse Executive. Nurse Leader: American Organization of Nurse Executives, 13 (6), 40-43, 51.
Imus, F.S. & Burns, S. (2015). What to consider before beginning graduate education-A pilot study. AANA Journal, 85(5), 345-350.
Dixon SE, Burns S. Outcomes of a quality-improvement project to test an objective structured assessment technical skills tool: A pilot study. In: Society for Simulation in Healthcare, 2015; 10(6). Abstract 39
Dixon, S. & Burns, S. (2015). Testing an Objective Structured Assessment Technical Skills Tool: Pilot Study. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 6(5), 1-12.
Imus, F.S., Burns, S., Fisher, R. & Ranalli, L. (2015). Student’s perceptions on Pre-Clinical Experience in a Front-Loaded Nurse Anesthesia Program. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 5(10), pp. 22-27.
Burns, S., Smith, J. & Virden, T. (2015). What do Hospitals Gain from Hiring Clinical Students? Journal of Nursing Education and Practice 5(5), 1-6.
Burns, S. (2014). Certification Review for Nurse Anesthesia, 1st Ed. McGraw-Hill publishing.
Morgan, C., Rowles, J., Burns, S. & Merchant, C. Faculty Perceptions of Critical Thinking (2013). Journal of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning*,13(4): 21-35
Burns, S., Merchant, C., & Appelt, E. Campus Survey on the Status of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) (2013). Education Journal*,133 (4), 502-512.
Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA): Vice President/Education Director
American Association of Nurse Anesthestists
Retired Officers Association
2014 Midwestern University Littlejohn Award
2011 Mary Hanna Memorial Journalism Award FOR: Incidence of
hypothermia and relationship to clinical variables (Journal of
Perianesthesia Nursing, 2010).