Administration, Faculty & Staff
Lois Stewart, PhD, CRNA
Director, DNP Nurse Anesthesia Program
Dr. Stewart has a long history of educational instruction as a nurse anesthetist. Prior to coming to South College in May 2020, she served as the Assistant Program Director for the first nurse anesthesia doctoral program in the state of Indiana, at Marian University in Indianapolis. This service to Marian University spanned from 2016 – 2019. Prior to this role, she was employed for Virginia Commonwealth University’s (VCU’s) nurse anesthesia department in various roles from 2006 to 2015. These roles for VCU included: clinical site coordinator, adjunct clinical faculty, didactic and lab/simulation instruction, co-coordinator for anesthesia distance campuses, project manager for a HRSA grant in interprofessional education initiatives, and as adjunct didactic faculty. Didactic instruction includes content in pharmacology, physiology, physical assessment, pathophysiology, neurological assessment, neurobiology, translational research, in addition to, multiple clinical anesthesia topics, laboratory assessments, skills labs and high fidelity simulation instruction. Dr. Stewart is active in her state and national professional associations, and has a fifteen-year history of presentations on various subjects in nurse anesthesia. She is an active member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, the Tennessee Association of Nurse Anesthetists, and Sigma Theta Tau. She has been continuously certified and maintained clinical practice since original certification in 2005 and maintains a regular clinical practice in Knoxville. Special areas of anesthesia and research within which Dr. Stewart has interest include: critical resources for nurse anesthesia education programs, pain physiology, multimodal pain regimens, ketamine pharmacology, prediction of perioperative cardiac events via fourth-generation troponin measurement, treatment of pain in premature neonates, obstetrical anesthesia and interprofessional education. Dr. Stewart also serves on the editorial board of a refereed publication, the Journal of Radiology Nursing.
Lisa Osborne, DNP, CRNA
Assistant Director, DNP Nurse Anesthesia Program
Dr. Osborne has a passion for both mentoring and leadership and transitioned into nurse anesthesia education early in her anesthesia career. Prior to joining South College in January 2021, she served The University of Saint Francis Nurse Anesthesia Program in Fort Wayne, Indiana for 5 years; first as the Assistant Program Director from 2016-2019, and subsequently as the Program Director from 2019-2021. Her roles at USF included new program implementation, program administration and leadership, clinical coordination, clinical site acquisition, didactic instruction, lab and simulation instruction, and project director for the HRSA Nurse Anesthesia Traineeship grant. Didactic instruction included anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, advanced principles of anesthesia, anesthesia crisis resource management, clinical course management, and NCE review. She is an active member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, the Tennessee Association of Nurse Anesthetists, and Sigma Theta Tau. She worked as a full-time CRNA in independent clinical practice for two years before transitioning to academia. She has remained continuously certified since initial certification in 2013 and maintains regular clinical practice while serving in her academic and administrative role. Special areas of interest for Dr. Osborne include clinical preceptorship, anesthesia crisis resource management, emotional intelligence, leadership, diversity, mentorship, advocacy, wellness, high-fidelity simulation, patient safety, and regional anesthesia applications. Dr. Osborne served on the FY21 AANA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee, and currently serves on the FY22 AANA Practice Committee.
Michael Long, DNP, CRNA
Director of Simulation Education, DNP Nurse Anesthesia Program
Dr. Long has over 15 years of experience working as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist and joined the South College DNP Nurse Anesthesia Program in June 2021. He served the Marian University Nurse Anesthesia Program as full-time faculty from 2017-2019. His diverse clinical work experience includes New York University Medical Center, Bellevue Hospital Center, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, a nationally recognized leader in cancer care. Dr. Long currently maintains an independent obstetric anesthesia practice within the Community Health Network in Indiana. He is an active member in the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, Sigma Theta Tau and the Association for Radiology and Imaging Nursing. Dr. Long has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals, including Anesthesia & Analgesia and the AANA Journal, as well as authored two chapters in Advanced Practice and Leadership in Radiology Nursing.
Originally from Indianapolis, Dr. Long served in the Navy as a Hospital Corpsman during the first Gulf War. After discharge, he received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Nursing and Nurse Anesthesia, respectively, at Columbia University in New York City. He earned his post-graduate Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at Barry University in 2015 in Hollywood, Florida and is currently enrolled in a PhD program at Catholic University in Washington, D.C.
Dawn Aubuchon, DNAP, CRNA
Director of Clinical Education, DNP Nurse Anesthesia Program
Dr. AuBuchon has served the anesthesia community since December 2007 and has remained continually certified and practicing as a nurse anesthetist. She joined anesthesia education as faculty in 2013 at Lourdes University (LU) in Sylvania, Ohio. In, 2014 she became the Assistant Program Director at LU progressing to Program Director until August 2019 when she left the University to pursue other passions. Dr. AuBuchon is enthusiastic about developing and mentoring residents into outstanding professionals in the nurse anesthesia community who provide anesthesia care at the top of their skill set. Other passions include mentoring future nurse anesthesia candidates, resident mental health and wellness, resident self-care, preparing residents for clinical residency, and emotional intelligence. Didactic instruction topics of interest include stress and wellness for nurse anesthesia residents, emotional intelligence, the anesthesia gas machine, chemistry and physics for nurse anesthetists, pain management, physical assessment, anesthesia courses (basics of anesthesia and advanced anesthesia principles), anesthesia board prep review, simulation training, and skills lab training.
Dr. AuBuchon developed an innovative wellness program for students and faculty in 2014 at LU. The wellness program created a mental-wellness focus for residents and faculty to have time together doing team-building events. Additionally, as a capstone project, she partnered with a student in 2015 to develop the first local nurse anesthesia conference for candidates, current students and faculty, and professionals in the community. The conference continues today and is held yearly. As a life-long learner, she plans to achieve a certificate in Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and begin contribution to publishing in nursing journals.
Kelly Bates, BBA
Operations Coordinator, DNP Nurse Anesthesia Program
Ms. Bates joined the Nurse Anesthesia Program as the Operations Coordinator in May 2021. Prior to serving in this role, Kelly worked as the Reentry Coordinator in the General Admissions Office at South College beginning in September 2013. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing in 2008 from East Tennessee State University. Ms. Bates serves as a point of contact for both current and prospective students. Her professional interests include student outreach, student retention, and student success. Ms. Bates’ personal interests include being a mother, spending time with her family, and sports.