Stewart is national fellow of FAANA

Jay FitzOur Town Leaders

Lois Stewart, the founding director of South College’s nurse anesthesia program, has been inducted as a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (FAANA).

The honor for Stewart, who is now the director of the new Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) nurse anesthesia program at South College, came at the recent Annual Congress of the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) in Chicago.

A registered nurse for 35 years and CRNA for 18 years, Stewart was part of the second class of FAANAs, a select group of anesthesia professionals who are recognized as accomplished leaders and outstanding practitioners, educators, researchers and advocates for the profession.

Stewart also provides anesthesia care to patients in outpatient, office and ambulatory surgery facilities for Priority Anesthesia PLLC, an independent-practice CRNA staffing company serving the Knoxville area.

She earned a bachelor’s in nursing (BSN) in 1987 at Radford University in Radford, Virginia; a master’s in nurse anesthesia (MSNA) in 2004 from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond; and a doctorate in nurse anesthesia in 2017 from VCU.


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