Faculty Profile

Dr. Katrina V. O'Con

DNAP, Nurse Anesthesia, Texas Wesleyan University, 2016
Office: Shreveport 223C
Telephone: 3186773083
Email: oconk@nsula.edu


Dr. Katrina O'Con is the Assistant Director of the BSN-DNP Nurse Anesthesia Program at Northwestern State University. Before transitioning into this role, she was an adjunct faculty member in the DNP-NA Program of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University in Baton Rouge, LA. 

She is a two-time graduate of NSU's College of Nursing, graduating with an Associate Degree in Nursing in 1993, then a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1998. While pursuing her BSN, Dr. O'Con worked full-time as a Registered Nurse in the Critical Care areas of Willis-Knighton Medical Center in Shreveport, LA. It was there that she gained the knowledge to obtain her Critical Care Certification (CCRN). At that time, there were only 3 nurses in the Willis-Knighton Health System who had achieved that credential. Texas Wesleyan University in Ft. Worth, TX was where Dr. O'Con studied nurse anesthesia and graduated with a Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia in 2002. She returned to her alma mater and earned her Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice degree in 2016.

Dr. O'Con has worked as a staff CRNA since 2002, in both anesthesia team models including physician anesthesiologists and CRNAs, and in a solo critical access hospital setting. She is currently a managing partner in Natchitoches Anesthesia Associates, an all-CRNA anesthesia group providing a range of anesthesia services to the largest rural hospital in Louisiana. She continues to work as a CRNA on a part-time basis.

Dr. O'Con has been involved in a number of leadership roles in her professional organization. She has been an active member of the Louisiana Association of Nurse Anesthetists since 2001, serving in various roles. She was elected to the Board of Directors in 2017 and recently served as LANA's President. She serves currently, and in the past in various committees in the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.

Dr. O'Con is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Nursing Science through Texas Woman's University in Denton, TX.


Office Hours

Tuesday-Thursday 12:00 - 4:30, and by appointment.


Course Information

Course Title Location Time
NURG.7010.04I DNP SCHLRLY PROJ PRACT I Internet 08/16/21-12/17/21
NURG.7012.03I DNP SCHLRLY PROJ PRACT III Internet 08/16/21-12/17/21
NURG.7017.01I PRINC OF ANESTHESIA PRACTICE I Internet 08/16/21-12/17/21
NURG.7017.02I PRINC OF ANESTHESIA PRACTICE I Internet 08/16/21-12/17/21