Maria VanPelt, PhD, CRNA

Associate Clinical Professor & Director, Nurse Anesthesia Program
  • School of Nursing

Office: 207B Robinson Hall
Phone: 617-373-2985
Email: m.vanpelt@northeastern.edu

Education and Training: 
PhD      Nursing, Villanova University
CAGS   Teacher Education, University of Pennsylvania
MSN     Villanova University
MS        Anesthesia, St. Joseph’s University
CRNA   Pennsylvania Hospital School of Nurse Anesthesia
BSN       Holy Family College

Board Certifications: 
National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists, CRNA
Massachusetts Board of Nursing, RN

Funding: 
Principal Investigator. The Aftermath of Perioerative Catastrophes.  AANA Foundation Doctoral Fellowship & Kay Wagner Doctoral Fellowship. 2012.

Principal Investigator. The Psychometric Evaluation of the Aftermath of Perioperative Catastrophes Survey.  AANA Wellness Grant. 2010.

Principal Investigator. Critical Incident Stress Debriefing – The Role of  the Educator. University of Pennsylvania Educational Grant. 2007.

Publications:
van Pelt, M., Chitilian, H., Eikerman, M., Winter 2016 (in press), The Unrecognized Patient Safety Consequences of Residual Neuromuscular Blockade and Patient Safety Consequences. Anesthesia Patient Safety Newsletter.

Cowles, C., van Pelt, M., Brul, S., Eicorn, J., Spring 2016 (in press), Developing Patient Safety Leaders; Leadership Fellows Share Insights. Anesthesia Patient Safety Newsletter.

Morrell, B., Lee, L., Magro, M., Winter 2011, Board of Directors Workshop Report: 360 Degree Assessment of APSF. Anesthesia Patient Safety Newsletter.

Lord, M., Magro, M., Zwerling, A., November 2010. Substance Abuse and Anesthesia: Why Is It Your Problem and What Student Nurse Anesthetists Are Doing About It. American Association of Nurse Anesthetists NewsBulliten.

Prielipp, R., Magro, M., Morell, R. Brull, S., August 2010. Normalization of Deviance. American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Journal.

Prielipp, R., Magro, M., Morell, R. Brull, S., May 2010. Normalization of Deviance. Anesthesia and Analgesia.

Honors & Awards:
Patient Safety Star, Massachusetts General Hospital/Massachusetts General Physicians Organization, Center For Quality & Safety, 2015

Partners in Excellence Team Award, Massachusetts General Hospital, 2013

Program Director of the Year Award, Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists, 2011

American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Foundation Palmer Carrier Doctoral Scholarship, 2010

Program Director of the Year Award, Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists, 2009

Anne Keane Teaching Award, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, 2008

Bloomsburg University, Recognition Award for Senior Leadership/Management Practicum Preceptorship, 2007

Clinical Instructor of the Year, Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists, 2002

Clinical Instructor of the Year, Pennsylvania Hospital School of Nurse Anesthesia, 2001

Pennsylvania Hospital School of Nurse Anesthesia Program, Class of 1998 Clinical Excellence Award, 1998

Professional and Community Service:
University of Pennsylvania Nurse Anesthesia Program Advisory Board Committee, Chair, 2005-2012       

University Pennsylvania Health Systems, MSN Curriculum Committee, Member, 2004- 2012

University Pennsylvania Health Systems, Program Director Committee, Member, 2004- 2012

The University Council Committee on Academic & Related Affairs, Member, 2008- 2009

MEMBERSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES:
Massachusetts Association of Nurse Anesthetists (MANA),  2012-Present

Society for Simulation in Healthcare. 2009-Present

International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, 2008-Present

American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) – 1998-Present

Sigma Theta Tau- International Honor Society of Nursing, 1992-Present

Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists (PANA), 1998-2012