Director – District 5
Nicole Damico

A message from Nicole Damico

I am so excited to begin with some celebratory news from District 5. In May, six CRNAs graduated from the VCU post master’s Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) program: Sam Baron, Robin Blanchard, Jodi Carlsen, Gabriel Restrepo, Marleah Rivers, and Anna Scherbakova. Each graduate completed a rigorous, 33-credit hour course of study over 1-2 years, that included a doctoral project. Perhaps most amazing of all, they did this while maintaining full-time clinical practice (during a pandemic, no less)! These exceptional CRNA leaders are already doing great things within and outside of Virginia. Sending a huge congratulations to the VCU Class of 2021 DNAP grads!

Continuing with a focus on the positive….widespread availability of the COVID-19 vaccine and all of our hard work to get this pandemic better under control has now enabled us begin to enjoy many of the activities we’ve missed so much over the past 15 months. Many businesses are beginning to resume their pre-COVID operations. And, perhaps best of all, we’ve all been able to gather and spend time with dear family members and friends again. Now that venues are reopening too, I am working on plans for 1-2 summertime social events in District 5, so stay tuned for dates and details soon! If you have any ideas for events you’d like to see on our calendars, or might be able to assist in any way with planning such events, please reach out to me at

Finally, mark your calendars for an upcoming educational event. On August 18 from 5-7 pm, VANA and VCU will co-host a doctoral project presentation seminar during which 2021 post-master’s and entry-to-practice DNAP students will showcase their work. The event will be held at the College of Health Professions building, in Richmond, VA. We will submit an application for CE credits for this event.

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