Meet Lisa Erlinger, P.h.D, CRNA and Director of Surgical & Anesthesia Services here at Wickenburg Community Hospital.
My desire to be involved in healthcare started at a young age when all the kids in the neighborhood wanted to ride bikes and I wanted to be the ambulance driver.
Over the course of thirty years in the healthcare industry; I have provided anesthesia in small private hospitals, surgical centers, pediatric hospitals, and an endoscopy center. In addition, I was an Assistant Professor at Southern Illinois University where I taught Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Educators, Nurse Managers, and Nurse Anesthesia students.
I graduated with my diploma RN from St. Lukes School of Nursing in 1986, obtained my BSN from University of Missouri in 1989, my MSN/CRNA from Bradley University/Memorial Medical Center in 1994 and achieved my PhD from St. Louis University in 2012.
I came to Wickenburg in 2016 from a level 1 Trauma Center in Columbia, Missouri where I was one of four CRNA’s who took 24 hour Trauma calls. Aside from my work at Wickenburg Community Hospital, I am also an Assistant Professor at Midwestern University in Glendale, AZ.
- A Look at the Present and Future Advancements in Surgical Pain Control, Anesthesia and Surgery. In Lisa’s recent article in our Quality Health and Wellness Magazine, she discusses advances in surgical pain control, anesthesia and surgery and what that future looks like at Wickenburg Community Hospital. Read the article here
- High-Fidelity Mannequin Simulation versus Virtual Simulation for Recognition of Critical Events by Student Registered Nurse Anesthetists – In this scholarly article published in the AANA Journal, we are introduced to modern methods of simulation used as educating tools to create interactive experiences for the purpose of recognizing intraoperative critical events in a timely manner. Read the article here