Are you a CRNA Leader?

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Are you a:

  • Chief CRNA
  • Employer of CRNAs
  • Military Specialty Leader of CRNAs
  • Anesthesia Department Chair/Head
  • CRNA Practice or Group Owner/Partner

If you answered YES, we'd like to talk with you. The NBCRNA Research Team is looking for CRNA leaders to participate in an interview with the NBCRNA Visiting Research Fellow for a study on the value of the credential. Questions? Contact

Interview Purpose

The primary goal of this study is to help the NBCRNA better understand Chief CRNAs’ and other organizational leaders’ perceptions and perspectives on the overall value of the CRNA credential, continued board certification requirements, and the CPC Program components.

Research Study Background

The National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) embarked on a multiphase research initiative aimed at gaining a deeper understanding on the value of the Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) credential from their stakeholders. In 2020, NBCRNA launched their first phase by conducting a national survey aimed at the CRNA stakeholder to investigate the CRNA perspective on the value of the CRNA credential throughout their career. During the second phase the NBCRNA is supporting Dr. Nicole Hymel CRNA, DNP, the Evaluation and Research Advisory Committee’s inaugural Visiting Research Fellow, conduct an exploratory research study to better understand the overall value of the CRNA credential, continued board certification requirements, and the CPC Program, from the perspective of CRNA leaders.

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Get to know NBCRNA's Visiting Research Fellow

Nicole Hymel, DNP, MSN, CRNA

The interviews will be conducted by NBCRNA Visiting Research Fellow Dr. Nicole Hymel. As a native of Cleveland, Ohio, Dr.  Hymel attended undergraduate and graduate school at universities in Ohio. 

She received her Bachelor's of Science in Nursing from Cleveland State University in 2006, her Master's of Science in Nursing (Anesthesia) from Case Western Reserve University in 2010, and her DNP from Yale School of Nursing in 2019. 

Her clinical training for anesthesia school was obtained at Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. After graduating from anesthesia school, she practiced as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) at Cleveland Clinic until 2013 when she relocated to the New Haven area. 

Dr. Hymel is currently practicing clinically in Louisiana at Saint Tammany Parish Hospital. 

Her specialty interests include management of post-operative nausea and vomiting, the use of steroids in the peri-operative period, medication safety protocols, and CRNA retention strategies. 

Dr. Hymel joined the NBCRNA as a Visiting Research Fellow in 2019. She currently resides in Louisiana with her two daughters and two dogs.