LoriAnn Winner, MSN, CRNA, APN-A
In 2005, Penn Nursing became the first Ivy League university to offer a nurse anesthesia degree, and in 2016, it became the first school in the Delaware Valley to offer a Doctor of Nursing Practice for Nurse Anesthetists (DNP-NA) degree. Lori Ann Winner, the associate director of the new program, worked with former director Kelly L. Wiltse Nicely, PhD, MSN, CRNA to develop the curriculum.
“Nothing brings me more satisfaction than shaping the future and practice of nurse anesthesia.”
- MSN, Temple University , 2004
- BSN, Villanova University, 1996
The DPN-NA program will replace the master’s program after currently enrolled students graduate in 2017. Penn Nursing has introduced the doctoral program and is phrasing out the master’s program well in advance of the 2025 deadline set by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists for doing this. Ms. Winner teaches courses in the nurse anesthetist program ranging from physiology to principles of nurse anesthesia practice and clinical fieldwork.
The DNP-NA program prepares students for nurse anesthesia practice in diverse clinical settings and helps them develop competencies in organizational structure and function, the translation of nursing science to practice, and clinical leadership. Like Mrs. Winner, all program faculty members are nurse anesthetists who bring their real-world experience into the classroom. Mrs. Winner practices at Pennsylvania Hospital.
Through Penn Nursing’s state-of-the-art simulation laboratory and clinical experiences at some of the nation’s top hospitals, DPN-NA students gain skills and experience. In the simulation lab, Mrs. Winner and other faculty help students build skills such as the placement of regional anesthetics, the use of various fiber optic intubating equipment, and insertion of central venous catheters using Site Rite ultrasound guidance. Clinical experiences include rotations in three nationally-ranked children’s hospitals (pediatrics), top hospitals in three neighboring states (cardiovascular), and other hospitals for trauma, cardiac-thoracic specialties, obstetrics, and more.
Opportunities to Learn and Collaborate at Penn Nursing
Mrs. Winner is also a doctoral student at Penn Nursing. Her dissertation research focuses on changes in care provided by nurse anesthetists in California since passage of the 2009 state law allowing nurse anesthetists to practice independently. Mrs. Winner is using a secondary data set covering 2008 to 2013 to explore nurse anesthetists’ scope of practice regarding access to care, change in acuity of patients, and other potential improvements with change of physician supervision. California is one of 17 states that allows nurse anesthetists to practice independently.
As a doctoral student and faculty member, Mrs. Winner is well equipped to mentor other students. Along with ensuring that students are compliant with their current schoolwork, she helps them manage their time efficiently and continue with their plans for their future in anesthesia. Early in her career, Mrs. Winner worked for Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, as a nurse in the Medical Respiratory Intensive Care Unit and a research coordinator in the Pulmonary/Critical Care Division. She also has a post-master’s certificate in the Teacher Education Program from the University of Pennsylvania.
Selected Career Highlights
- Board member, New Jersey Association of Nurse Anesthetists
- Past member, American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Practice Committee
- Section Editor, International Student Journal of Nurse Anesthesia
- Past Xi chapter board member, Sigma Theta Tau
- Anne Keane Teaching Award, Penn Nursing Department of Biobehavioral Health Sciences