Have you ever been under anesthesia? If not, could you imagine being completely awake, feeling every incision, and hearing every sound during your operation? Fortunately, this is only a hypothetical scenario because we have anesthesia! The science of anesthesia began in the late 19th century and has drastically evolved. Anesthesia is delivered by highly trained healthcare professionals, including anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists. Come to this Cafe to learn about how anesthesia is delivered, the specialized equipment and medication that is needed, and simulate the steps to put a person completely “to sleep” under general anesthesia.
About our speaker
Dr. Emilee Barr is a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) who works at various hospitals delivering high-quality anesthesia care. She received all of her undergraduate and graduate education from the UNC school system. Dr. Barr received a Bachelor of Science in biology from UNC-Wilmington, followed by a Bachelor of Science in nursing from UNC-Chapel Hill. After completing her accelerated nursing program, she worked full time as an intensive care unit (ICU) nurse for four years, specializing in post-surgical cardio-thoracic patients. During this time, she also completed travel ICU nursing assignments in Texas and Florida. Most recently, she received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) with a concentration in nurse anesthesia from UNC-Greensboro. Currently, she works full-time at Cone Health. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she has worked directly with COVID patients functioning as an airway expert. She works overnight call at Greensboro’s COVID Hospital to intubate patients and respond to life-threatening clinical emergencies. She has also worked at the COVID-19 vaccine clinics to deliver immunizations in the community. She is a fellow North Carolinian who currently lives in Greensboro. Outside of her work life, Dr. Barr enjoys traveling internationally with her husband, staying active, and is always up for trying something new!