Kendra Tracy BSN, RN, SRNA
Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville
Graduation Date: May, 2019

Honors and Volunteering

  • Graduated Summa Cum Laude from Monmouth College
  • Graduated Cum Laude from Trinity College of Nursing and Health Sciences
  • Active volunteer at Iowa Food Bank in Des Moines IA. Before that I was an intern at Niabi Zoo in Coal Valley, IL.

Why I chose to become a CRNA

I was interested in the anesthesia route ever since we learned about it in nursing school. Once I was able to shadow a CRNA, I was hooked. The autonomy and the mental challenge were something that drew me in.

A Little Bit About my Anesthesia Program

The first year of my program was all didactic. It was a lot of studying, but doable. Once clinicals started, the time demands became even more intense. Students have to go to clinicals for the majority of the week, have class once a day, and still fit in many study hours. Apex and Prodigy are online programs that have been wonderful during our studies.


A little about myself

 not what I wanted. I did an Accelerated BSN program at Trinity College of Nursing and Health Sciences in Rock Island, Il. I moved in with my twin sister in Des Moines IA, where I worked for a few years before starting my CRNA program at SIUE. I was able to live with my Grandma for the first year of the program. My husband and I married after the first year of the program, and we currently live in my grandmother's old house in Alton, IL.
I grew up in Monmouth Il, one of three girls. I have a twin sister, but we don't look anything alike. I went to Monmouth College and graduated with a degree in Biochemistry. Then I did a year of graduate school at Western Illinois University QC campus, but decided the job prospects were

Advice for Those Interested in Becoming a CRNA 

Make sure to shadow for a full day so you truly know the responsibility that comes with being a CRNA. A good CRNA makes anesthesia look easy, but it can be anything but easy. Also, speak to those who are currently going through a program to get an idea of the time constraints. My husband and I knew what we were getting into, and still struggled with the lack of time together and him having to take over all household duties. This is especially true if you have children.


What is a CRNA? 

A CRNA is the medical provider who administers the medications to help a patient get through surgery safely. They are the ones that watch the patient's vital signs such as heart rate, blood pressure, and oxygen status to determine if more anesthesia medications are needed to provide pain relief or prevent awareness. They also may insert devices that help keep a patient's airway open so they can breath while they are asleep.