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 is pursuing a part-time clinical practice giving anesthesia in the Knoxville area in two separate locations. 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, anatomy & physiology, anesthesia crisis resource management, emotional intelligence, leadership, advocacy, wellness, diversity, mentorship, high-fidelity simulation, various anesthesia topics, and regional anesthesia applications. Dr. Osborne is active in her state and national professional associations, including speaking engagements, and currently serves on the AANA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee.