Francis Feld ’97 is a Certified Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) at UPMC.
How did La Roche prepare you for your current position?
The academic preparation was geared toward the science of anesthesia, and we focused on how to improve our clinical expertise.
How did a degree from La Roche help you to advance in your career?
The importance of continued education and academic achievement prompted me to pursue a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, which I completed in May of this year at Carlow University.
Are you involved in any volunteer projects?
Prehospital medical care is a special interest. I have been a member of Ross West View EMS for over 20 years and am the medical group supervisor for the Allegheny County Hazmat Medical Team. Additionally, I am a supervisory nurse specialist for the Federal PA-1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) and have been deployed for Hurricanes Gustav, Rita, Lee, Sandy and Matthew, the Haiti earthquake and several national special security events.
Why did you choose La Roche?
There were only two nurse anesthesia programs in the area, and La Roche offered a campus that was much easier to negotiate and closer to home.
Why would you recommend La Roche to a prospective student?
The small college atmosphere was very appealing because nurse anesthesia students have a demanding clinical requirement. As students we developed a close family relationship, and we helped and supported each other.
What impact did La Roche have on you as a person?
La Roche confirmed the family values instilled in me by my parents and six siblings. It is important to work together in order to reach a common goal, which in this case was graduation.
What are you most proud of when you look back on your La Roche experience?
Every member of my class graduated and passed their boards. This was because of our hard work, excellent instructors and ability to work together.
What advice do you have for our students?
Emphasize to your prospective employers the assets you can bring to the company and how you will make the company better.
Learning is a never-ending process, and you should always look for the next opportunity to improve your education.
Describe an experience with a faculty or staff member who made a strong, positive impact on you.
Dr. Don Fujito and Dr. Robert McBride were phenomenal teachers who went the extra mile to tailor courses in chemistry and biochemistry to focus on anesthesia administration. I have degrees from the University of Pittsburgh, Duquesne University and Carlow University, and these two instructors were among the best I ever had.