William Ray, PhD, is now the nurse anesthesia director at UCís College of Nursing.
"Iíve had such a good career that I really want to be a part of the education of future generations,Ē says Ray, who is a member of the University of Cincinnati Physicians anesthesia group and practices at UC Health University Hospital.
Ray earned his bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Central Arkansas (1978) and his certificate of anesthesia at the Mayo Foundation of Health Related Sciences (1983).
He went on to earn his masterís of nursing science from the University of Arkansas (1992) and his doctorate in nursing from the UC College of Nursing in 1997.
Prior to taking the directorís position, Ray was an adjunct professor at UC teaching clinical practice courses.
"Iíve always wanted to teach,Ē says Ray, who will now both teach and oversee the nurse anesthesia program, which is a track in the master of science in nursing≠ program.
The nurse anesthesia masterís program at UC is ranked 11th nationally by U.S.News & World Report.
This highly competitive program is also fully accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in Nurse Anesthesia.
The 27-month course of study prepares students to become advanced practice nurses, specializing in patientsí anesthesia needs before, during and after surgery.