Shari M. Burns CRNA EdD

Professor Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) Program

Midwestern University

College of Health Sciences
Nurse Anesthesia Program
Ocotillo Hall 2nd Floor
19555 59th Ave.
Glendale, AZ 85308

Office: (623) 572-3455


Ed.D. Curriculum & Development University of Phoenix 2009
Certificate United States Air Force Nurse Anesthesia Program 1990
Master of Science Critical Care Nursing Loyola University (Chicago) 1981
Bachelor of Science University of Arizona (BSN) 1978


Research dedicated to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)

Research projects

Project I:

What to Consider Before Beginning Graduate Education-A Pilot Study; The New Science of Learning

This work examines personal attributes and existing study habits for nurse anesthesia students as they enter graduate education.

Project II:

The Relationship between Non-traditional Variables and Performance in Nurse Anesthesia Programs.

This work extends the dissertation work completed and published regarding admissions variables that predict academic success in nurse anesthesia programs.

Project III:

Pre-Clinical Experience: Effects on a Front Loaded Nurse Anesthesia Program

This work addresses curriculum intervention aimed at preparing didactic students for clinical education.

Selected Publications (17 of 53)

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
, 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),

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,
., 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.