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COA Director - Student Representative

From the Student's Perspective

Christopher Reed is the student representative on the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA). Chris attended Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia, receiving a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Economics/Business and Environmental Studies. He later attended Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), and Master of Public Health (MPH) degrees. Prior to attending Duke University’s nurse anesthesia program Christopher worked at Johns Hopkins Hospital for seven years in a variety of roles. His clinical experience was obtained in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, in the Pediatric Emergency Department, as a Shift Coordinator for the Children’s Center, and as a member of the Pediatric Critical Care Flight Team. In addition to his clinical duties at the Hospital, Christopher also served as a clinical faculty member for the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. Outside of his nursing career, Christopher enjoys most outdoor activities including hiking, camping, and mountain biking. He has completed month-long wilderness expeditions with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and was a student at Columbia University’s Biosphere 2 in Tucson, AZ in 2003.

Christopher’s inspiration to enter the nursing profession came from his family. His great grandmother, grandmother, and mother were all nurses. After the death of his mother at a very young age, Christopher has always approached his endeavors with “passion, pride, and purpose.” After a very successful career at Johns Hopkins Hospital as a registered nurse, Chris decided to attend Duke University because of their strong academic record, world-renowned faculty, high-fidelity simulation facilities, and the proximity of the University to his family. As a student at Duke, Christopher has excelled clinically and academically and was recently awarded a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Nursing Anesthesia Traineeship grant.


Christopher describes his selection as the student representative to COA as an “honor and a privilege.” When asked about his experience as a COA Director Christopher stated, “This has been such a humbling and powerful experience to be surrounded by the best and brightest leaders within the nursing anesthesia profession. I am amazed at the dedication and passion displayed by the COA Directors to ensure that our educational process remains rigorous, effective, and respected. All of the discussions and decisions at COA meetings center around the goals of ensuring quality nursing anesthesia graduates and protecting the public’s safety. I am so proud to have the opportunity to be a part of this process and to represent CRNA students throughout the country, Duke University, and the nursing anesthesia profession!”