Donald Beissel DNP, CRNA, DAAPM

Donald Beissel DNP, CRNA, DAAPM

Assistant Professor


Dr. Beissel

Dr. Beissel is Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. Dr. Beissel has been very active in anesthesia organizational leadership, serving as the Missouri Association of Nurse Anesthetists Internet Representative, Regional Director, Vice President, President-Elect, and President.  Service to the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists includes membership in the State Organizational Development Committee, the Government Relations Committee, and member of the professional practice work group on pain management. Dr. Service to the National Board on Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists includes writing simulation and multiple choice items for the Non-Surgical Pain Management Certification Exam and vetting the items for this exam.  Dr. Beissel is a Diplomat of the American Academy of Pain Management and an American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Foundation Doctoral Fellow. 

In addition to the listed experience, Dr. Beissel has experience in EMTwork, Rehabilitation Long Term Care Nursing, PICC Line Placement, Step Down Nursing, Critical Care Nursing, Emergency Nursing, Pediatric Emergency Nursing, Pediatric Asthma Camp Nursing, Fluoroscopy Guided Procedures and Ultrasound Guided Procedures.



Post Masters to Doctor of Nursing Practice



Doctor of Nursing Practice

Brandman University

Dissertation: Complication Rates for Fluoroscopic Guided Inter-laminar Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injections: Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists and Physicians  


Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

Thesis:  Anesthesia for Missions to Austere Environments


Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Biology Minor

University of Minnesota, Morris

Areas of concentration: Research Methods, Genetic Components of Behavior, and Statistics

Scholarly Activities


Adjunct Faculty

Brandman University


Adjunct Faculty

Missouri State University School of Nurse Anesthesia


Teaching and Research Assistant and Undergraduate Research Opportunities Grant

University of Minnesota, Morris  

Professional Experience



Southwest Interventional Pain Specialists, LLC

Provide rural pain management services


Chief Nurse Anesthetist

Barton County Memorial Hospital

Chief anesthesia provider at a rural critical access hospital


Nurse Anesthetist

Carthage Anesthesia, Inc.

Provide anesthesia at two rural critical access hospitals