Department of Anesthesia
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) are licensed to practice independently in the State of Nebraska and work in cooperation with a patient’s doctors and surgeons. Providing round-the-clock services in many area’s of the hospital, CRNAs Holly Lashmet and Angela Dawson, perform general anesthesia, which involves putting patients to sleep, and regional anesthesia, which includes spinals, labor epidurals, epidural steroids for low back and leg pain, and blocks that can be placed so that almost any area of the body can be separately put to sleep to enable a patient to be comfortable when a surgeon operates.
They also provide sedation for scopes including gastroscopies and colonoscopies and for other minor surgeries. Furthermore, they can use ultrasound to place central lines for difficult IV starts and place special nerve blocks for post-operative pain control.
They work with patients of all ages in many areas of the hospital including intensive care units, labor and delivery units, surgery, pre-op area, post-op area, procedure room and the emergency room. They are also airway and breathing specialists and may be called upon to place endotracheal tubes in order to save a patient’s life.
Holly Lashmet, CRNA
Holly Lashmet, CRNA, received her Masters of Science in Anesthesia from the University of Kansas Certified Registered Nurse Anesthesia program in 2004. Currently, Holly is a member of both the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists and the Nebraska Association of Nurse Anesthetists.
Angela Dawson, CRNA
Angela Dawson, CRNA graduated with honors in 2014. Angela has many years of diverse experiences.