Jonas III Veterans Healthcare Scholar Alumni

Richard Huff, DNP

University of South Florida

Jonas III Veterans Healthcare Scholar Alumni - Richard HuffRichard Huff attended Daytona Beach Community College (DBCC), earned an Associate’s Degree in Respiratory Care, received a RN/BSN degree at the University of Central Florida, and completed his DNP at the University of South Florida. He previously worked as a Registered Respiratory Therapist for Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach for 10 years. Although planning to be a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), he was given the opportunity to serve the country, and was commissioned into the US Air Force Nurse Corps as a 1st Lieutenant. Dr. Huff’s first assignment was at Keesler Air Force Base Mississippi, Keesler Medical Center in the Intensive Care Unit. Shortly after his arrival to Keesler, September 11th happened, and everything changed. He was first deployed as a Critical Care Air Transport Nurse (C-CAT) to Baghdad, Iraq, transporting troops in need of medical care and to help them make a safe return home to continue their recovery. While deployed he learned that he was accepted into the Nurse Anesthesia Program and attended the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) in Bethesda Maryland, where he graduated with a Master of Science in Nursing for Anesthesia. While in his residence training, his family was at Keesler AFB when Hurricane Katrina hit. After many location transitions, Dr. Huff applied for and was accepted at the AFIT sponsored Doctorate of Nursing Program for the University of South Florida. His area of interest is the comparison of ultrasound guided versus standard techniques in the training of CRNA students for the placement of regional anesthesia and postoperative nausea and vomiting for the female gynecologic patient.