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Courtney Brown, CRNA, Ph.D., Associate Director for Didactic Education

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Courtney Brown, CRNA, Ph.D., Associate Director for Didactic Education


Courtney Brown has over 20 years’ experience as a nurse, including that as a CCRN in the coronary care unit prior to entering the field of nurse anesthesia. Courtney studied nurse anesthesia at Wake Forest, where she distinguished herself by receiving the Dean’s recognition award for her academic and professional accomplishment, and the Chal Maree award of excellence. 


As an alumna of our program, Dr. Brown is well-versed in the clinical and didactic program. She is interested in educational development, both within and outside of the typical realm of nurse anesthesia education. To that end, she has taken on projects such as developing and teaching a portion of the CNOR review course offered at the Medical Center and publishing a chapter in the ASPAN Core Curriculum. Committed to her own educational development, she attained her PhD in 2013 with research conducted in postoperative delirium. Dr. Brown has been awarded grant funding to continue research on non-cognitive factors which influence the success of student nurse anesthetists. She has lectured on Ketamine and the pathogenesis of pain at the national meeting of the AANA, written articles for Current Reviews in Nurse Anesthesia and she has presented on sepsis, antiarrhythmics, and chronic pain at Dannemiller Reviews. She has also served on committees for NBCRNA and NCANA.


Known for her expertise in theory and practice of simulation-based education, Dr. Brown has served as a consultant on the use of simulation in a CRNA program as an accreditation reviewer for SACS, and she has lectured to the American Board of Nursing Specialties regarding the use of simulation for competency assessment as well as writing Standardized Clinical Experiences curriculum for METI. Serving as Associate Director for Didactic Education, she has provided program leadership in areas of curricular development, accreditation, managing educational outcomes, and implementing innovative educational techniques. Courtney was lead writer for the successful self-study earning the nurse anesthesia program the maximum 10 year accreditation from COA. Dr. Brown is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology.


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