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Charles George VA Medical Center - Asheville, NC


2016 Preceptor of the year

July 19, 2016

CHARLES GEORGE VA MEDICAL CENTER, Asheville, N.C. - The Charles George VA Medical Center anesthesia section recently received two significant honors from the 2016 graduates of the Duke University Nurse Anesthesia Program “Clinical Site of the Year” and the “Preceptor of the Year.”

 Duke University has been sending Student Registered Nurse Anesthetists (SRNAs) to CGVAMC for 14 years. The Duke SRNAs complete a four week clinical rotation at the medical center providing supervised anesthesia care for our Veteran surgical patients.  

 The Asheville VAMC is one of 20 clinical sites utilized by the Duke SRNAs throughout North Carolina and Virginia. Despite Asheville being the farthest site from Durham, many students request to return for a second rotation because of the excellent clinical experience.

 Asheville has been the recipient of the Clinical Site of the Year award several times which reflects an ongoing effort by the anesthesia staff to create a unique environment for learning while providing the best care possible for our patients. 

 “The CRNAs at this clinical site are an amazing group of intelligent, capable, and kind individuals. They strive every day to make sure that we, as students, have the best learning experience possible, and that we are comfortable at the clinical site. It is the one site where we believe that the preceptors get just as excited about the skills we get to perform as we do,” said one this year’s nursing students.  

 This year, Susan Bazemore, was the recipient of the Preceptor of the Year. Susan is the Chief CRNA and Clinical Site Coordinator for the Duke Nurse Anesthesia.

 “To be recognized as Duke’s premier training facility from a group of 20 institutions is quite noteworthy,” said CGVAMC Nurse Anesthetist Susan Bazemore. 

Of the 14 years that the CGVAMC has been affiliated with the Duke Nurse Anesthesia Program, a CRNA from Asheville was chosen 7 times.