Jennifer Nicholson, DNP, CRNA

Nurse Anesthesia Program
Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing
Assistant Clinical Program Director
Nurse Anesthesia Program
Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing

Teaching Information

Teaching Interests

  • Principles of anesthesia
  • Obstetric anesthesia
  • Multimodal anesthesia
  • Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) protocols
  • Opioid sparing anesthetic techniques

Research Information

Research Interests

  • Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) protocols
  • Opioid sparing and opioid free anesthesia
  • Impact of opioid sparing techniques on overall surgical outcomes
  • Reducing incidence of opioid addiction in the surgical population

Research Projects

  • Opioid reduction in the colorectal surgical population
  • Opioid reduction in Robotic Assisted Radical Cystectomy through implementation of an ERAS protocol
  • Enhanced Recovery After Surgery and opioid reduction in colorectal surgical patients
  • Opioid Reduction Using an Enhanced Recovery after Surgery Protocol in the Robotic Assisted Radical Cystectomy Population (Ohio University and Cleveland Clinic)

Awards and Honors

Bertha Lovelace Legacy Award
Cleveland Clinic

Professional Memberships

American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA)
Ohio State Association of Nurse Anesthetists (OSANA)


Doctor of Nursing Practice
Ohio University
Master of Science in Nursing
Nurse Anesthesia
Case Western Reserve University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Ohio University

Additional Information

I enjoy exploring the use of regional anesthesia and non-opioid adjuvants. I also have a passion for minimizing the rates of opioid addiction in the patient population, whose opioid use begin in the peri-operative period. Healthcare providers, specifically anesthesia providers can have an instrumental impact on reducing the need for opioids in the post-operative period and can control many factors that influence the development of chronic pain. I also enjoy providing career preparations for our senior students.