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Major Amory Balucating ‘12 is a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) using his SIUE School of Nursing degree to help the men and woman fighting for our country in Afghanistan. After earning his bachelor of nursing at St. Xavier University in Chicago, Amory practiced as a nurse for seven years. Then, he decided to use his degree for something important: helping those on the front lines. He decided to enlist in the United States Air Force Reserves, and was deployed twice. He then made the decision to continue his education at SIUE.
"SIUE's nurse anesthesia program offered me a high-quality education and extensive clinical experiences to be a safe anesthesia provider," said Amory. He attributes his anesthetist skills to the highly experienced CRNA faculty who were able to challenge him with real life situations.
As a CRNA overseas, Amory is on duty 24-7 to handle traumas and battle injuries. He readily assists U.S. troops, allied forces, as well as Afghan national police and civilians. "I believe that being a nurse anesthetist is where I can provide the biggest impact," said Amory.
Not only does he provide his skills as a nurse anesthetist, but he also acts as a humanitarian for the local community. He mentors Afghan health care professionals to share his expertise and knowledge, including presentations on managing difficult airways. Amory hopes that these humanitarian and medical efforts will help locals gain confidence in the Air Force's presence and their mission.
Amory attributes his perseverance, passion for lifelong learning and drive to make a difference to the SIUE School of Nursing. Whether he is teaching others about his medical skills, or working in the front lines, Amory is accomplishing his goal to make a difference in the lives of others.