Cheryl A. Spulecki, Director of the Nursing Anesthesia Program at UB, was named to the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) First Class of Fellows in recognition of her leadership and professionalism in the profession and the science of the nurse anesthetist.
She is one of 65 people named to the inaugural class of Fellows at AANA, the professional organization of more than 59,400 Certified Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and student nurse anesthetists across the United States.
âWe recognize Cheryl as a leader who has demonstrated deep expertise that is essential in shaping the future of anesthetic care,â said Lorraine Jordan, AANA Advocacy Manager and CEO of the AANA Foundation. âObtaining this distinction signifies a commitment to excellence and dedication to making impactful changes for our profession. “
Spulecki joined the School of Nursing faculty in 2006. As Director of the Nursing Anesthesia Program, her duties include delivering didactic lectures on professional practice, managing anesthesia resources in crisis and the principles of anesthesia. She is also a professor and consultant for Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) projects for nursing anesthesia students at DNP and MS at DNP.
Spulecki’s clinical experience includes 15 years at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center as a certified nurse anesthetist, including seven years as a clinical coordinator. She is currently in clinical practice at Southtowns Surgery Center, Erie County Medical Center, and Eye Health Associates.
Spulecki is the recipient of the 2020 Kathleen O’Donnell Excellence in Leadership Award from the New York State Association of Nurse Anesthesiologists (NYSANA) for her accomplishments in advancing the profession of anesthesia nursing during from her tenure as President of NYSANA from 2017 to 2018, Advisor to the Board of Directors for the Government Relations Committee, Director Federal Policy / Public Relations and Chair of Current Professional Practice.
She is also a recipient of the AANA Board of Directors Strategic Reserve Fund grant to support NYSANA and the Patricia H. Garman Behavioral Health Nursing Endowment. His research in the area of ââopioid respiratory depression and surveillance innovation has been featured in numerous media and peer-reviewed presentations and publications, both state and national.
Spulecki is currently a member of the Professional Practice Discipline Committee of the New York State Board of Nursing and the Professional Nurses Association of WNY, AANA, NYSANA and Sigma Theta Tau.
She received her doctorate in nursing practice in anesthesia from Virginia Commonwealth University, an MA from UB and a BSN from Niagara University.