'93, BSN, Nursing
Director, Nurse Anesthesia Master of Science in Nursing Program, Lourdes University, Sylvania, OH
Nurse Anesthesia Administrator and CRNA Jill Liebnau has come full circle; returning to Lourdes to lead the way in nurse anesthesia. "Lourdes is the perfect fit for this type of intense program that has a potentially high rate of failure for students," notes Professor Liebnau. "Here at Lourdes, I know that every care will be taken to help these students succeed."
Jill's passion for a caring profession first crystallized at the age of 13. As a gymnast she suffered an injury and required knee surgery. "From that moment, I wanted to be an orthopedic surgeon," she says with enthusiasm. "As time passed; however, I realized that nursing was my true calling."
Her career has included extended stints as an RN in the operating room and serving as a member of Associated Anesthesiologists of Toledo for St. Vincent Medical Center, and Assistant Director and Interim Director of the Anesthesia School in Panama City, FL. She returned to her hometown and helped to establish and currently manages the Nurse Anesthesia Master of Science in Nursing degree program.
As an educator and mentor, Professor Liebnau stresses to students that nurse anesthetists must be vigilant, be good critical thinkers, compassionate, and great communicators so they can quickly get to know and care for their patients. In the end, she maintains, the nurse anesthetist is the patient's advocate — "you become the voice of the patient once they are under anesthesia."