Shari Burns, CRNA, Ed.D.


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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 45 years, Dr. Burns is a retired U.S. Air Force major. 


College of Health Sciences - AZ

Nurse Anesthesia

Entry into Practice Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice
Post Master's Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (D.N.A.P.)

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University of Phoenix | 2009 | Ed.D.
United States Air Force Nurse Anesthetist Program | 1990 | CRNA
Loyola University of Chicago | 1981 | M.S.N.
University of Arizona | 1978 | B.S.N.

Courses Taught

Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice Scholarly Project Courses



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.



American Association of Nurse Anesthestists

Retired Officers Association


HRSA 2010-2016


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).