Like most websites, we use cookies and other similar technologies for a number of reasons, such as keeping our website reliable and secure, personalizing content, providing social media features and to better understand how our site is used. By using our site, you are agreeing to our use of these tools. Please review our Privacy Policy to learn more. 

Skip to Content

Shannon Pecka

Shannon Pecka, PhD, CRNA

PH: 402-481-8593

Email Shannon

Previous Education:

  • PhD, UNMC
  • MSN, Nurse Anesthesia, University of Iowa
  • BSN, University of Iowa
  • ADN, North Dakota State University


I am the Associate Professor and Assistant Program Director in the School of Nurse Anesthesia. I have taught didactic anesthesia courses since 2010; primarily in Advanced Principles of Nurse Anesthesia. I have mentored several nurse anesthesia students for publications of their capstone works. I have clinical experience in anesthesia including rural anesthesia practice, moderate-sized private practice anesthesia groups, and large academic settings. My prior registered nursing experience includes intensive care settings of Surgical ICU, Neuro ICU, and General Medical/Surgical ICU. I have also served on multiple committees at Bryan College of Health Sciences including Faculty Senate Chair for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Notable publications authored/co-author:

1) Pecka, S., Schmid, K., & Pozehl, B. (2014). Psychometric testing of the Pecka grading rubric for evaluating higher order thinking in distance learning. AANA Journal, 82(6), 449-456.

2) Pecka, S., Kotcherlakota, S., & Berger, A.M. (2014). The community of inquiry model: Advancing distance learning in nurse anesthesia education. AANA Journal, 82(3), 212-218.

3) Pecka, S., & Dexter, F. (1997). Assessment of the Interventions of Anesthesia Providers for Monitored Anesthesia Care during Cataract Extraction. AANA Journal, 65(4), 357-360. 4) Poster Presentation: "Psychometric Properties of the Pecka Grading Rubric" - Midwest Nursing Research Society: St. Louis, MO(2014)

Professional Service and Recognition:

  • Serves on the editorial board of the International Student Journal of Nurse Anesthesia.
  • Served on the board for the Nebraska Association of Nurse Anesthetists.  The last 2 years of services was as Secretary/Treasurer of the organization.
  • Serves as a peer reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission
  • Has served as a scholarly reviewer for multiple journals as well the textbook "Nurse Anesthesia, 5th edition" by Nagelhout & Plaus
  • Served as the Chair of the Institutional Review Board at Bryan College of Health Sciences
  • Served as a member of the NBCRNA CPC Program Review Panel
  • Has presented at several state meetings for the Nebraska Association of Nurse Anesthetists and at Bryan College of Health Sciences

Bryan College of Health Sciences

Copyright 2022 Bryan College of Health Sciences. All rights reserved.