Virginia Chris Muckler
Associate Professor in the School of Nursing

Virginia “Chris” Muckler, DNP, CRNA, CHSE joined the School of Nursing faculty in July 2012 as Assistant Professor and Clinical Education Coordinator (CEC) for DUSON’s nurse anesthesia program, a post she held in an interim capacity since Fall 2011. As CEC, Dr. Muckler is responsible for simulation-based teaching, management of the nurse anesthesia program’s clinical sites and preceptors, and Student Registered Nurse Anesthetists' (SRNA) clinical experiences. Dr. Muckler teaches a number of nurse anesthesia specialty courses.

After serving on active duty in the United States Air Force, Dr. Muckler earned a BSN at Auburn University Montgomery (AUM). She completed the MSN at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in conjunction with the Raleigh School of Nurse Anesthesia, achieved certification as a CRNA, and joined the staff of Duke Regional Hospital (DRH) in 2002. During her time at DRH, she served as a clinical preceptor for Duke nurse anesthesia students, held CRNA managerial and staff positions, and served on multiple nursing and hospital committees.

Dr. Muckler earned her DNP degree from the Duke University School of Nursing in 2011 with “Focused Anesthesia Interview Resources (FAIR) to Improve Efficiency and Quality” as her scholarly project. Her scholarly interests include simulation, suspension of disbelief, the evaluation of educational preparation of registered nurses for preoperative anesthesia, day-of-surgery cancellations and delays, and the use and effect of perioperative oral and intravenous acetaminophen. She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, North Carolina American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, Sigma Theta Tau, American Nurses Association, North Carolina Nurses Association, and the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.  She was 1 of 20 selected for participation in the National League for Nursing's (NLN) Simulation Leader Program and has taught simulation abroad in Ghana. 

Current Research Interests

Healthcare simulation-based training
Intraprofessional Simulation

Current Appointments & Affiliations

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