CRNA Profiles: Mary Costello

Mary Costello founded the Cincinnati General Hospital School of Nurse Anesthesia (later the University of Cincinnati School of Nurse Anesthesia) in 1945 and served as its director for 27 years. Costello was one of the first nurse anesthetists to become adept at the administration of regional anesthesia and instructed nurse anesthetists from around the country in regional techniques.

Costello also dedicated a large part of her career to the AANA and the Ohio Association of Nurse Anesthetists. She served on the AANA Board of Trustees in 1949-1951 and 1953-1956, and she was AANA President in 1963-1964. She served on many AANA committees including the Curriculum Committee and the Government Relations Committee. She was awarded the AANA’s Helen Lamb Outstanding Educator Award in 1987. Costello was president of the Ohio Association of Nurse Anesthetists in 1947-1948 and was granted life membership in 1970.


 Sources for Additional Information on Costello


AANA past-president Mary Alice Costello dies. AANA NewsBulletin. 2002;56(2):5.

Assignment Medico. AANA NewsBulletin. 1963;17(3):3.

Bankert M. Watchful Care: A History of America's Nurse Anesthetists. New York: Continuum;1989. [Available from the AANA Bookstore]

Mary Alice Costello receives 8th Helen Lamb Educator Award. AANA NewsBulletin. 1987;41(11)(suppl):4.


 Costello's Bibliography

Costello MA. Anesthesia–a challenge to nurses. Am J Nurs. 1944 August; 44(8): 745-746.
Costello MA, Turner C, Hawkins M, Glenn M. Choice of anesthesia for surgical hip pinning in the aged. J Am Assoc Nurse Anesth. 1952;20(2):90-94.
Costello MA. Management of pulmonary ventilation. J Am Assoc Nurse Anesth. 1956;24(1):30-35.
Costello MA, Turner C, Link G. The tranquilizers. J Am Assoc Nurse Anesth. 1958;26(2):88-92.
Costello MA, Kaplan S. Use of a heart lung machine in cardiac surgery. J Am Assoc Nurse Anesth. 1961;29(1):19-28
Costello MA. Anesthesia for the emergency patient. J Am Assoc Nurse Anesth. 1962; 30(1): 31-34,64.
Costello MA, Harris E. Fluothane, fluoromar, penthrane: a comparative study in the surgical and obstetrical patient. J Am Assoc Nurse Anesth. 1963;31(5):317-325.
Reece E, McFadden P, Costello MA. Significance of arcus senilis under anesthesia. J Am Assoc Nurse Anesth. 1966;34(3):169-73.
Costello MA, Griner V, Reese E. Three aspects of problems related to the geriatric patient. J Am Assoc Nurse Anesth. 1967;35(3):179-192.
Costello MA, Peters PA. The ion potassium. J Am Assoc Nurse Anesth. 1970;38(2):126-33.
Costello MA. Valium induction. J Am Assoc Nurse Anesth. 1971;39(3):185-90.