Charles Tabbert, MSN, CRNA
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists are a tight-knit community. Charles Tabbert is one of their best leaders. As a former President and now as President Elect of the Ohio State Association of Nurse Anesthetists (OSANA), he leads a dynamic organization dedicated to advancing nurse anesthesia through excellence in education, advocacy, knowledge and member empowerment.
Being a leader comes naturally to Chuck. He has served on the OSANA board of directors and was class president of his Lourdes University NAP cohort. Certified in Ohio and Michigan, he has presented on several topics ranging from orthopedic anesthesia & analgesia to Ohio CRNA law.
In addition to his leadership roles, he is a full-time CRNA with Community Hospitals & Wellness Centers at Bryan Hospital and previously was an adjunct instructor for the Lourdes University College of Nursing.
Having worked in both urban and rural regions, he says the role of the CRNA is specifically crucial in smaller communities. It also offers a greater amount of autonomy. At a larger hospital, there is often an anesthesia team that includes an anesthesiologist and a CRNA. However, in rural settings, the CRNA is often the sole person responsible.
Chuck says he chose the Lourdes program because of its diversity in clinical sites. “A lot of programs out there, you go to one facility for your entire student life and you only learn one way to do anesthesia. At Lourdes, you get to go to clinical sites throughout northwest Ohio and learn the different philosophies of anesthesia care and see the different models anesthesia care is delivered. That was a big draw for me.”