Education: Muskegon Community College – Associate in Science – 1975
University of Michigan – School of Nursing – Bachelor of Science in Nursing – 1979
Truman Medical Center School of Nurse Anesthesia – 1989
University of Missouri – Kansas City – Master of Arts – Human Physiology – 1989
Bob has enjoyed a career of 40 years working in health care. As a nurse he worked in pediatrics with a special interest in pediatric oncology/hematology while at Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor. He worked as a pediatric ICU nurse at University of Wisconsin-Madison Hospital and was one of the original flight crew members of Med Flight (helicopter transport of critically ill patients). He also worked part-time at Methodist Hospital in Madison in pediatrics, adult ICU/telemetry and recovery room. Eventually, he followed many of his ICU nurse colleagues into further education to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist.
After graduating from anesthesia training, Bob worked at a 350-bed regional medical center in Arkansas where he learned to do anesthesia for heart surgery and become proficient at labor epidurals. He moved on to a small community hospital in Wisconsin to be closer to family after 3-1/2 years. Six years later, with two young kids and the desire to work in a job more conducive to family life, the opportunity to work in a surgery center became available. No more call enabled the opportunity to coach and ref soccer and attend the school events of two busy growing children. After 17 years, Bob has returned to working in a community hospital with the opportunity to work part-time for the final few years of a great career in a new facility.
Bob has years of experience as a Chief CRNA, managed the pharmacy of a busy surgery center and participated in numerous activities required of being a department manager. He was active in his state association while living in Wisconsin working on the education committee.
Nursing has been a great career having the privilege to work with people from all walks of life. Working in health care, you meet so many wonderful people and in illness and times of crisis, you have the opportunity to be of service to others when they need you the most. There is no greater reward in anesthesia than to be able to alleviate someone’s fear and give them a great experience.