Kenneth Kirsner, CRNA, MS, JD - Kenneth is director of the MSN Nurse Anesthesia Program at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers,Florida. Professor Kirsner came to FGCU in 2006 as the founding director of the Nurse Anesthesia Program.His basic nursing education was obtained at the University of Miami where he received his BSN in 1979.He continued with his education at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he received his anesthesia certificate in 1983 and his MS(Nursing) in 1985.In 1987 he returned to the University of Miami where he served as Symposium Editor of the University of Miami Law Review and received his JD (cum laude) in 1990.Professor Kirsner began his career as an emergency department and medical intensive care unit nurse at Jackson Memorial / University of Miami Medical Center.
After completing his
anesthesia training he
returned there as a nurse anesthetist.He practiced as a trial attorney for the National Labor Relations Board before beginning his academic career in nurse anesthesia at the University of Kansas.He served as Program Director for the Nurse Anesthesia Program at Baylor College of Medicine and also worked as a clinician at Ben Taub General Hospital and The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.Professor Kirsner has served as an editorial board member, book review section editor and editorial committee member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Journal.His
publications include articles in the legal and anesthesia literature; he
has authored book chapters, including co-authoring a chapter in The Chemistry of Drugs for Nurse Anesthetists.His
presentations include state and national and international meetings including 6 presentations at AANA Annual Meetings.He
has also presented before the Swedish Association of Nurse Anesthetists
and the World Congress for Nurse Anesthetists
Outside of work Professor Kirsner
enjoys running (having run 4 marathons), training in martial arts (he is a black belt in the Chayon-Ryu martial arts style), hiking, scuba diving (he is a NAUI divemaster) and kayaking, which he
does from his
home in Fort Myers.He
also enjoys studying nature and enjoys reading books of all kinds.