Call for Applications: Emerging Leader Fellow - Due: November 26

NBCRNA Hands RaisedThe Emerging Leader Fellowship is open to CRNAs who have been initially certified in the past two-to-five years. It is a one-year opportunity for newly certified nurse anesthetists identified as future leaders in the profession to gain exposure to board governance, high-level decision making, and trends affecting the future of the profession. The leadership development and experience fostered in this Fellowship will prepare nurse anesthetists for future board and committee work within the NBCRNA and beyond.

Board Requirements

  • Participate for one year (Emerging Leader Fellow)
  • Attend an orientation session in July to learn about the NBCRNA, business operations, and the Board.
  • Attend three NBCRNA Board meetings annually. Meetings take place over a long weekend (typically Thursday - Sunday including travel) in September, January and April.
  • Engage in Board activities, including participation in Board and committee conference calls during weekday evenings.

To be considered for the Emerging Leader Fellow position on the NBCRNA Board of Directors:

  1. Complete the electronic application form and submit it along with your curriculum vitae to
  2. Have an individual who would support your selection send a confidential letter of recommendation to (To mail, send to NBCRNA, Attn: Nominations, 8725 W. Higgins Rd., Suite 525, Chicago, IL 60631.)

The deadline for application submissions is November 26, 2018. To be considered, the application form, curriculum vitae and a confidential letter of recommendation must be submitted by the deadline date.
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NBCRNA Board Election Results

The NBCRNA is pleased to announce that Jessica Kubisch, DNAP, MS, CRNA, was elected as an Emerging Leader Fellow on the NBCRNA Board of Directors. Jessica works for Peace Harbor Medical Group in Florence, Oregon and serves as a Director on the Oregon Association of Nurse Anesthetists (ORANA) Board. She joins the Board’s other Emerging Leader Fellow, Rishelle Zhou, MS, LLB, CRNA, who accepted re-appointment to a new term. Jessica and Rishelle began their terms in September 2018. 

The NBCRNA also welcomes Lori Anderson, DNP, MSN, MSN, CRNA and Susan McMullan, PhD, MSN, CRNA who were elected as Directors to the NBCRNA Board of Directors. Their three-year terms also began in September 2018.

View the Emerging Leader Job Responsibilities and Commitment to Serve. Read more about the current NBCRNA Board here.


Video: Meet the Board - Lori Anderson, DNP, MSN, CRNA

Board Director Lori Anderson is an Assistant Professor in the Nurse Anesthesia Department at Rosalind Franklin University. She also provides anesthesia services in a Level-I Trauma center in Rockford, IL. Lori earned her BSN and MSN from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, and her DNP from Rush University. She was a past president of the Illinois Association of Nurse Anesthetists and a member of the Illinois Board of Nursing. See More at our Youtube channel!

Video: Meet the Board - Susan McMullan, PhD, MSN, CRNA

Board Director Susan McMullan is an Associate Professor and Nurse Anesthesia Specialty Track Coordinator at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing. She earned her BSN from University of Michigan, her MSN in Nurse Anesthesia from Rush University, and her PhD from Rutgers, the State College of New Jersey. Prior to her move to Birmingham, she worked full time as a clinical CRNA in Chicago. She has previous academic experience at Rush University Graduate College of Nursing and at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. In her current role, Susan manages day-to-day operations of the Nurse Anesthesia program. She also developed a new doctoral curriculum, and transitioned the Nurse Anesthesia Specialty Track from the Master’s to Doctor of Nursing Practice outcome degree. Susan maintains a clinical faculty practice at UAB Callahan Hospital. Susan is a 2017 American Association of Nurse Anesthetist Post-Doctoral Fellow and 2016 UAB School of Nursing Dean’s Scholar Award recipient for her research on CRNA workload and patient safety. See More at our Youtube channel!

Video: Meet the Board - Jessica Kubisch, DNAP, MS, CRNA

Emerging Leader Fellow Jessica Kubisch practices anesthesia at a critical access hospital in rural Oregon, where she provides compassionate, evidence-based anesthesia care for surgical, emergency and obstetric patients. Prior to this, she worked at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital as a Staff CRNA and clinical site faculty for Georgetown University’s Nurse Anesthesia Program. Jessica received her BSN from Franciscan University, is a graduate of Georgetown University where she received her MSN, and obtained her DNP from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her critical care experience was completed in the Pediatric ICU at UCLA Medical Center. Currently, she is involved in implementing enhanced surgical care and recovery pathways, as well as developing a program to utilize high-fidelity simulation for interdisciplinary crisis resource team training in the operating room. Jessica enjoys medical mission work and actively serving in community and professional organizations. See More at our Youtube channel!