Faculty Bios

Sandra Ouellette, CRNA, MED, FAAN

Sandra Ouellette is a graduate of Watts Hospital School of Nursing, Durham, North Carolina. The following year she entered the North Carolina Baptist Hospital School of Anesthesia for Nurses, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She obtained a BS Degree in Biology from Guilford College, Greensboro, North Carolina and completed her Masters In Education at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro in May 1986.

She has served on numerous nurse anesthesia committees on both the local and state level and is a past president of the North Carolina Association of Nurse Anesthetists. National (AANA) professional responsibilities have included the following: Item Review Committee, Council on Certification; On-Site Visitor for Programs of Anesthesia, Council on Accreditation; and educational representative, Council on Recertification. She served on the ASA/AANA Liaison Committee and the Nominating Committee of the AANA. She served as Regional Director, Vice President, and President- Elect of the AANA and was President of the AANA from 1988-1989. She was Chairman of the National Commission on Nurse Anesthesia Education in 1990and is Co-Chaired the AANA DNP Task Force. She also represented AANA as an affiliate member to ANA’s Congress on Nursing Practice and Economics. She was appointed to the ICN Expert Panel on Nursing Leadership in 2006 and was nominated by ANA.

Ms. Ouellette has been active in the International Federation of Nurse Anesthetists. She chaired the Education and Practice Committee and formulated educational and practice standards which were adopted by the group. She drafted the ethical standards which are now adopted and spoke at all eight international meetings: Switzerland 1985; Amsterdam 1988; Norway 1991; France 1994; Austria, 1996; Chicago, 2000; Finland, 2002; and Switzerland 2006. She is currently the USA Representative to the Council National Representatives, International Federation of Nurse Anesthetists and President of the International Federation of Nurse Anesthetists. She is serving her second term as IFNA President or 2004- 2008.

Ms. Ouellette has lectured extensively at both the national and international level. She has presented at 753 meetings in 40 states since 1972. Additional international presentations have been given in Canada, Germany, Korea, British West Indies. She has 78 publications to her credit including 7 chapters and 1 book. She received the Achievement Award from the North Carolina Association of Nurse Anesthetists in 1994. She was selected as a Great 100 RN in North Carolina in 1993. In 1995 she became a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. In 1996 she received the Dannemiller Award for Excellence in Anesthesiology. She received the AANA Program Director of the Year Award in 1997. She received the AANA 24th Agatha Hodgins Award for Outstanding Accomplishment in 1998.

At the present time, Ms.Ouellette is President of R and S Ouellette Inc, a consulting company specializing in continuing education, organizational leadership, and legal consultation. She is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She continues to teach at the nurse anesthesia programs at : Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center; Raleigh School Of Nurse Anesthesia; and Duke University Nurse Anesthesia Program. Major responsibilities include didactic instruction in physiology, pharmacology, and anesthesia-related topics at these graduate anesthesia programs.