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John O’Donnell, CRNA, MSN, DrPH - University of Pittsburgh

Dr. John M. O'Donnell completed his BSN from Carlow University in 1983 and his MSN from the University of Pittsburgh in 1991. He completed his Doctorate of Public Health (DrPH) in 2009. John is well known for his dedication to the University and to the School of Nursing and is a Lifetime Alumnus.  In 2006, he was named a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing.
His professional career as a nurse has spanned med-surgical nursing, oncology, chemotherapy nurse, PACU, obstetrics, ICU care, and since 1991- nurse anesthesia. He is an Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing and has been Director of the Pitt Nurse Anesthesia Program since 1994 leading the program to a Top 10 ranking according to US News and World Report since 1998- one of only 3 programs in the United States to remain in the top 10 for this period. John currently Chairs the Community Advisory Committee of the Nurse Anesthesia Program and is active in the MSN/DNP Council and other School of Nursing governance activities. In 2006 he was named National Program Director of the Year by the AANA and is a Chair Reviewer for the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.
O'Donnell has been active in human simulation education since 1994 and has been Assistant or Associate Director of WISER since 2001.  In 2009, he was honored with the Ake Grenvik Award for Excellence in Simulation Education and Assessment.  John consults in nursing simulation efforts for undergraduate and graduate nursing education as well as for practicing nurses in the 19 hospitals of the UPMC health system. He is actively engaged as an Associate Director and serves on multiple committees at WISER including steering, research and publication.
O'Donnell is a member of the Board of Directors of the national Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF) and serves as 1 of 2 CRNAs on the Board as well as on the APSF Education Committee.  Areas of scholarly and research interest include medication safety, multidisciplinary simulation interventions supported by web based curriculum, case-based education in anesthesia, and epidemiology related to patient and provider safety. He has served as a consultant and speaker in safety and simulation at the local, national and international levels.