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2008 2007 2006
2005
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Outstanding CRNA Clinical Instructor Award 
*updated with Spring 2014
Outstanding MD Instructor Award   
*updated with Spring 2014
Alumni Mentor Award    December 2009
Outstanding Clinical Coordinator Award  Spring 2010

 

Most pictures are thumbnails - click on it to see a larger picture.

 

 

 

2014

 

National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) National Certification Exam (NCE) Item Writer Committee

Appointed June 2014

Judith Mermigas, MSN, CRNA
Faculty, Nurse Anesthesia Program

 


Mary Lou Tucker (PANA Trustee) presenting award to Laura Kridler (right) at the PANA Meeting


Linda Crippen


Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists (PANA)  

Awarded May 2014 at the state meeting in Hershey, PA

Clinical Instructor of the Year
Laura Kridler, CRNA, MSN
Adjunct Faculty, University of Pittsburgh Nurse Anesthesia Program
Student Coordinator and Staff Anesthetist, UPMC St. Margaret

Clinician of the Year
Linda Crippen, CRNA, MSN
Alumni, UHCP School of Anesthesia for Nurses
Staff CRNA and Clinical Instructor, UPMC St. Margaret

Appointed by Governor Tom Corbett to serve on the
Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing
March 17, 2014 to March 16, 2016

John O'Donnell, DrPH, CRNA, MSN
Director, University of Pittsburgh
Nurse Anesthesia Program

 

2013

 


University of Pittsburgh
Awarded a Doctorate of Nursing Practice - December 2013
School of Nursing Graduation Ceremony - April 26, 2014 - Hooding by Dr. Henker
Spirit of Pittsburgh Ballroom - David L. Lawrence Convention Center

Suzanne Morrison, DNP, CRNA, MHS
Faculty, Nurse Anesthesia Program

 



Jeffery Blackhurst (left)
Cpt. John Jones (right)

 

University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing
"Cameo of Caring" Awards    November 2, 2013
Spirit of Pittsburgh Ballroom - David L. Lawrence Convention Center

Advance Practice Nurse Award
Cpt. John Jones, CRNA, MSN 
Alumni, University of Pittsburgh Nurse Anesthesia Program
Clinical Instructor, U
PMC Presbyterian
 

UPP Dept. of Anesthesia Award
Jeffery Blackhurst, CRNA, BSN
Clinical Instructor, UPMC Presbyterian
 



 
Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists (PANA)  
OFFICERS for 2013-2014
 
President:
Jason R. Bauer CRNA, MSN
Alumni, University of Pittsburgh
Nurse Anesthesia Program

President Elect:
Michael Neft, CRNA, DNP, MHA, CCRN
Faculty, University of Pittsburgh
Nurse Anesthesia Program

Vice President:
Brian Berry CRNA, MS
Adjunct Faculty, University of Pittsburgh Nurse Anesthesia Program
2013-2015 Trustees
Molly Fries, CRNA, MSN
Alumni, University of Pittsburgh
Nurse Anesthesia Program

Adrienne Ruzicka, CRNA, MSN
Alumni and Adjunct Faculty, University of Pittsburgh
Nurse Anesthesia Program

Aaron Ostrowski, CRNA, MSN

Faculty, University of Pittsburgh
Alumni, University of Pittsburgh
Nurse Anesthesia Program

Mary Lou Taylor, CRNA, BSN
CRNA Director and Student Coordinator,
UPMC St. Margaret
University of Pittsburgh Senate - Faculty Assembly
School of Nursing Representative
Bylaw and Procedure Committee 
2013-2016

Michael Neft, CRNA, DNP, MHA, CCRN
Faculty, University of Pittsburgh
Nurse Anesthesia Program
 

Sigma Theta Tau International:  Eta Chapter
President
J
uly 2012 (2 year office)

Michael Neft, CRNA, DNP, MHA, CCRN
Faculty, University of Pittsburgh
Nurse Anesthesia Program
 

Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists (PANA)  
Awarded May 2013 at the state meeting in Hershey, PA

Clinician of the Year
Brian D. Berry, Jr., CRNA, MS
Adjunct Faculty, University of Pittsburgh Nurse Anesthesia Program
Staff Anesthetist, UPMC Presbyterian

 

2012



Aaron Ostrowski (left) with Helen DeFranco CRNA,  Clinical Director and Dr. J. Quinlan, Chief Anesthesiologist, UPMC Presbyterian


Vito Ranieri (left) with Dr. J. Williams, Chair UPP Dept. of Anesthesiology

 

University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing
"Cameo of Caring" Awards    November 3, 2012
Spirit of Pittsburgh Ballroom - David L. Lawrence Convention Center

Advance Practice Nurse Award
Aaron Ostrowski, CRNA, MSN 
Faculty, University of Pittsburgh Nurse Anesthesia Program
Student Specialty Coordinator, U
PMC Presbyterian
Alumni, University of Pittsburgh

UPP Dept. of Anesthesia Award
Vito Ranieri, CRNA, MSN
Clinical Instructor, UPMC Presbyterian
Alumni, University of Pittsburgh



 
Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists (PANA)  
OFFICERS for 2012-2013
 
President Elect:
Jason R. Bauer CRNA, MSN
Alumni, University of Pittsburgh
Nurse Anesthesia Program

Vice Secretary:
Michael Neft, CRNA, DNP, MHA, CCRN
Faculty, University of Pittsburgh
Nurse Anesthesia Program

Treasurer
John M. O’Donnell CRNA, MSN, DrPH
Director, University of Pittsburgh
Nurse Anesthesia Program

Past President:
Kelly L. Wiltse Nicely, CRNA, PhD
Alumni, University of Pittsburgh
Nurse Anesthesia Program
2011-2013 Trustees
Brian D. Berry, Jr., CRNA, MS
Adjunct Faculty, University of Pittsburgh
Nurse Anesthesia Program

Jessica Erjavac, CRNA, MSN
Alumni, University of Pittsburgh
Nurse Anesthesia Program

Aaron Ostrowski, CRNA, MSN

Faculty, University of PittsburghAlumni, University of Pittsburgh
Nurse Anesthesia Program

Mary Lou Taylor, CRNA, BSN
CRNA Director and Student Coordinator,
UPMC St. Margaret

 

Chair -- Steering Committee Nurse Anesthesia Overseas, Health Volunteers Overseas
August 2012

Richard Henker, PhD, CRNA, FAAN
International Education Coordinator, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing
Professor, Nurse Anesthesia Program
 


Dr. Neft:  second from
right in first row

AANA Professional Practice Committee Chair 2012
Michael Neft, DNP, CRNA
Faculty, Nurse Anesthesia Program

The members of the Practice Committee are representative of current CRNA practice settings. The committee reviews the practice of nurse anesthesia and the implications concerning work environment, practice management, and patient safety and formulates recommendations for consideration by the Board of Directors.
 


 

Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists (PANA)  
Awarded May 2012 at the state meeting in Hershey, PA

Outstanding Didactic Instructor of the Year
Dale Fleck, CRNA, MSN (Class of 2000)
Assistant Clinical Director and Instructor, UPMC Presbyterian
Alumni, University of Pittsburgh Nurse Anesthesia Program


Associate Editor,
Clinical Simulation in Nursing

John O’Donnell, DrPH, CRNA, MSN
Director,
University of Pittsburgh Nurse Anesthesia Program

Clinical Simulation in Nursing is an international, peer reviewed journal published online six times annually. Clinical Simulation in Nursing is the official journal of the International Nursing Association of Clinical and Simulated Learning (INACSL) and reflects the mission INACSL.

 

2011


Presented by Mary Lou Taylor (left)
and John O'Donnell (right)

University of Pittsburgh Nurse Anesthesia Program
Educational Impact Award    December 17, 2011
The University Club - Pittsburgh, PA

This inaugural award is in recognition of ongoing influences on generations of anesthesia providers.

Gary Stanich, CRNA, BSEd
Clinical Instructor, UPMC Shadyside

 

 



Accompanied by:
Anne Zapletal, CRNA Clinical Director, UPMC Shadyside
University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing
"Cameo of Caring" Awards    November 5, 2011
Spirit of Pittsburgh Ballroom - David L. Lawrence Convention Center

UPP Dept. of Anesthesia Award
Gary Stanich, CRNA, BSEd
Clinical Instructor, UPMC Shadyside

 



Pictured with Juliana Shane President, Pitt Nursing Alumni Association
University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing and the Nursing Alumni Association
Outstanding Young Alumni Award
October 2011

Brent Dunworth, CRNA, MSN (1999), BSN (1996)
Senior Director, Nurse Anesthesia Services
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Adjunct Faculty, University of Pittsburgh Nurse Anesthesia Program
 

From the School of Nursing Website:
"Brent Dunworth becomes the inaugural recipient of this School of Nursing award, created to bring recognition to exceptional younger alumni.  In his professional role, he supervises over 400 anesthetists and personnel in the largest anesthesia department in the United States.  Mr. Dunworth’s extensive clinical experience enriches the learning environment in the classroom where he lectures anesthesia students, and his expert skill and professional presence serve to motivate and inspire.  He is a role model for students and well-respected among his colleagues."
 


  
Left to right:
Aaron Ostrowski
and Tim Lyons

Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists (PANA)  
Awarded April 30, 2011 at the state meeting in Hershey, PA

Didactic Instructor of the Year
Aaron Ostrowski, CRNA, MSN

Instructor, University of Pittsburgh Nurse Anesthesia Program
Specialty Clinical Coordinator, UPMC Presbyterian
Alumni, University of Pittsburgh Nurse Anesthesia Program
 

Clinician of the Year
Tim Lyons, CRNA, MSN

Alumni, University of Pittsburgh Nurse Anesthesia Program
Clinical Instructor, UPMC Presbyterian



 
Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists (PANA)  
OFFICERS for 2011-2012
 
President:
Kelly L. Wiltse Nicely, CRNA, PhD
Alumni, University of Pittsburgh
Nurse Anesthesia Program

Secretary:
Michael Neft, CRNA, DNP, MHA, CCRN
Faculty, University of Pittsburgh
Nurse Anesthesia Program

Treasurer
John M. O’Donnell CRNA, MSN, DrPH
Director, University of Pittsburgh
Nurse Anesthesia Program
 
2011-2013 Trustees
Jason R. Bauer CRNA, MSN
Alumni, University of Pittsburgh
Nurse Anesthesia Program

Brian D. Berry, Jr., CRNA, MS
Adjunct Faculty, University of Pittsburgh
Nurse Anesthesia Program

Brian Keller, CRNA, MSN
Alumni, University of Pittsburgh
Nurse Anesthesia Program

Mary Lou Taylor, CRNA, BSN
CRNA Director and Student Coordinator,
UPMC St. Margaret

 

 

2010




left to right:
John O'Donnell, Robert Dukic, Tim Lyons
University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing
"Cameo of Caring" Awards    November 6, 2010
Spirit of Pittsburgh Ballroom - David L. Lawrence Convention Center

Nurse Educator Award
John O'Donnell, CRNA, DrPh
Associate Professor and Director, Nurse Anesthesia Program

Advance Practice Nurse Award
Tim Lyons, CRNA, MSN 
Clinical Instructor, UPMC Presbyterian
Alumni, University of Pittsburgh

UPP Dept. of Anesthesia Award
Robert Dukic, CRNA
Clinical Instructor, UPMC Presbyterian


Click above for article
University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing
Pitt Nurse Magazine -Feature Story
Demand is Running High for Nurse Anesthesia Grads
Fall 2010

Brent Dunworth, CRNA, MSN (1999), and Kelly Wiltse, CRNA, MSN (2005), PhD


University of Pittsburgh
90th Lantern Night Ceremony - A tradition honoring freshman women
Sunday, August 29, 2010, at 7:30 p.m. in Heinz Memorial Chapel

Keynote Speaker
Loren Pulliam, CRNA, MSN (1992)
Loren addressed the standing-room only audience and attended a reception in the Commons Room of the Cathedral following the ceremony.
READ MORE....article from Pitt Nurse Fall 2010
   

AANA Professional Practice Committee Chair 2011
Michael Neft, DNP, CRNA
Faculty, Nurse Anesthesia Program

The members of the Practice Committee are representative of current CRNA practice settings. The committee reviews the practice of nurse anesthesia and the implications concerning work environment, practice management, and patient safety and formulates recommendations for consideration by the Board of Directors.
 



University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health
Best Dissertation of the Year in the Department of Epidemiology Award

Award presented at the GSPH Annual Alumni Dinner held on May 1, 2010 at the University Club with more than 200 alumni and students in attendance.

John O'Donnell, DrPH, CRNA, MSN
Program Director and Associate Professor
University of Pittsburgh Nurse Anesthesia Program

He defended his dissertation on September 14th, 2009 and received his Doctorate of Public Health on December 19th, 2009. His dissertation is titled Development of an Optimal Patient Transfer Task Set and Simulation-Based Intervention to Reduce Musculoskeletal Injury in Healthcare Workers   O'Donnell was formally 'hooded' at the Graduate School of Public Health Graduation Ceremony held at the Carnegie Museum on May 2nd, 2010.  

 


Neft & Lorah award 2010.JPG  
Left to right: Mike Neft and Bob Lorah

Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists (PANA)  
Awarded April 10, 2010 at the state meeting in Hershey, PA

Didactic Instructor of the Year
Michael Neft, DNP, CRNA, NHA, CCRN

Assistant Professor,
University of Pittsburgh Nurse Anesthesia Program

Clinical Instructor of the Year
Robert Lorah, CRNA, MSN

Alumni, University of Pittsburgh Nurse Anesthesia Program
Student Coordinator and
Assistant Clinical Director, UPMC
Shadyside

 

 

2009



 
University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing
"Cameo of Caring" Awards    October 17, 2009

Advance Practice Nurse Award
Mitchell Oblak, CRNA, MSN 
Clinical Instructor, UPMC Presbyterian
Alumni, University of Pittsburgh
Didactic Instructor, Nurse Anesthesia Program
Pictured with Dr. Jacqueline Dunbar-Jacobs, Dean

UPP Dept. of Anesthesia Award
Maureen Tannous, CRNA
Clinical Instructor, UPMC Presbyterian
 



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British Medical Association Book Award  -  September 8, 2009
in the category of “Basis of Medicine”
for their contributing chapter in
A Manual of Simulation in Healthcare

John O'Donnell, DrPH, CRNA, MSN
Director, Nurse Anesthesia Program


Joseph S. Goode, CRNA, MSN
Faculty, Nurse Anesthesia Program
 

University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health
Awarded a Doctorate of Public Health - September 2009
John O'Donnell, DrPH, CRNA, MSN
Director, Nurse Anesthesia Program
 

Chatham University
Awarded a Doctorate of Nursing Practice - August 2009
and
Promoted to the Rank of Assistant Professor

Michael Neft, DNP, CRNA, MSN
Clinical Education Coordinator, Nurse Anesthesia Program

 

University of Pittsburgh
Promoted to the rank of Professor - effective July 1, 2009
Richard Henker, PhD, CRNA, FAAN
Vice Chair, ATC Department
 

Sigma Theta Tau International

Eta Chapter — Pittsburgh, PA

Leadership in Nursing Award - June 4, 2009

 

STT is the only international nursing honor society worldwide with 469 chapters in 86 countries.  Through this network, members lead in using knowledge, scholarship, service and learning to improve the health of the world’s people. 

 

Joseph Goode, CRNA, MSN

Program Faculty

 

Poster presented at the 1st Annual University of Pittsburgh Anesthesiology Research Day

3rd Place Prize, Junior Scientist Division  -  May 5, 2009

Joseph Goode, CRNA, MSN

Goode, Jr JS, Ranier R, Klain M, Schwartzman D, Buffington CW.

The Use of High Frequency Jet Ventilation for Posterior Left Atrial Ablation




 

Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists (PANA)  
Awarded April 17, 2009 at the state meeting in Hershey, PA

CRNA Clinician of the Year
Cindy McGettigan, CRNA, BS

Alumni, University Health Center of Pittsburgh School of Anesthesia for Nurses
Student Coordinator and
Chief CRNA, UPMC Braddock

  

Clinical Instructor of the Year
Amy Hermann, CRNA, MSN

Alumni, University of Pittsburgh Nurse Anesthesia Program
Student Coordinator, UPMC Presbyterian

Named as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing
April 2009
Richard Henker, PhD, CRNA
Vice Chair, ATC Department

Assistant Professor, Nurse Anesthesia Program
 
Health Volunteers Overseas

HVO Golden Apple Award
This award was created by the Health Volunteers Overseas Board of Directors in 2006 as a way of honoring those volunteers who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to HVO’s ideals of teaching and knowledge transfer in order to develop local capacity and ultimately to strengthen the health care sector’s ability to deliver care.

This year’s honorees were announced in a press release on April 7, 2009 - World Health Day!
Richard Henker, PhD, CRNA
Vice Chair, ATC Department
Assistant Professor, Nurse Anesthesia Program

 

2008

John O'Donnell receives Ake Grenvik Award for Academic Excellence

The Ake Grenvik Award for Academic Excellence
From the Peter M. Winter Institute for Simulation, Education and Research

for " Dedication and Leadership in Simulation Based Education and Assessment”


Presented at the 2nd Annual WISER Symposium for Nursing Simulation - December 4, 2008

John O'Donnell, MSN, CRNA
Director, Nurse Anesthesia Program

 

2007


 

Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists (PANA)   October 2007

 

Didactic Instructor of the Year
Jim Woomer, CRNA, MSN
Faculty and Alumni, University of Pittsburgh

  

CRNA Clinician of the Year
Mary Altmeyer, CRNA, MS

Alumni, University Health Center of Pittsburgh School of Anesthesia for Nurses
CRNA Director and Clinical Instructor, Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC

 

Clinical Instructor of the Year
Gale Jackman, CRNA, BSN

Alumni, University Health Center of Pittsburgh School of Anesthesia for Nurses
Clinical Instructor, UPMC Presbyterian



University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing
 "Cameo of Caring" Award    October 2007

Frank Kaiser, CRNA, BS 
Clinical Instructor, UPMC Shadyside

Dale Heron, CRNA, MSN
Alumni, University of Pittsburgh
Clinical Instructor, UPMC Presbyterian
http://www.cameosofcaring.nursing.pitt.edu/awardees.html

The gala was held at The David Lawrence Convention Center on October 6th with over 1,500 guests in attendance. This event which began in 1998 was a salute to the nursing profession and over 50 Health Care Facilities around the region and the tri-state area participated.

 

 

2006


Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists (PANA)   October 2006

 

Didactic Instructor of the Year
Joseph Goode, CRNA, MSN
Faculty and Alumni, University of Pittsburgh

  

CRNA Clinician of the Year
Mary Lou Taylor, CRNA, BSN

CRNA Director and Student Coordinator, UPMC St. Margaret

 

Clinical Instructor of the Year
Rebecca Stoudt, CRNA, MSN

Alumni, University of Pittsburgh
Student Coordinator, Geisinger Medical Center

University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing
 "Cameo of Caring" Award    October 2006
Margaret Lucas, CRNA, MSN 
Student Coordinator, UPMC Presbyterian
Alumni, University of Pittsburgh

The gala was held at The David Lawrence Convention Center on September 30th with over 1,200 guests in attendance. This event was a salute to the nursing profession and 56 extraordinary men and women from around the region, the tri-state area and Palermo, Italy received awards.

 

UPMC Award for Commitment and Excellence in Service (ACES) Award  -  September 2006
Vito Ranieri, CRNA, MSN
Staff Nurse Anesthetist, UPMC Presbyterian
Alumni, University of Pittsburgh
       and
Manuel C. Vallejo MD
OB Student Clinical Coordinator, Magee-Womens Hospital

ACES is the program that recognizes and honors UPMC staff from across the health system for their commitment to the mission and values to UPMC. ACES winners have shown their dedication by continually going above and beyond in order to provide patients, visitors, and colleagues with exceptional customer service.


University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing
Awarded at Convocation - September 18, 2006

Gail A. Wolf Graduate Nursing Leadership Award
Krista Bragg, CRNA, MSN  - Alumni

Program Director of the Year Award for 2006
Presented at the AANA Annual Meeting in Cleveland - August 2006
John O'Donnell, MSN, CRNA
Director, Nurse Anesthesia Program

Chancellors Distinguished Teaching Award     May 2006
Dr. Richard Henker PhD, CRNA
Vice Chair, ATC Department
Instructor, Nurse Anesthesia Program

See the article in the University Times

 

 

2005

Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists (PANA)   October 2005

 

 

Didactic Instructor of the Year
Brent Dunworth, CRNA, MSN
Adjunct Faculty and Alumni, University of Pittsburgh
CRNA Coordinator, UPMC Shadyside
 

  

CRNA Clinician of the Year
Renée Taylor, CRNA, MSN

Adjunct Faculty and Alumni, University of Pittsburgh
Student Coordinator, UPMC Presbyterian
 

 

Clinical Instructor of the Year
Aaron Ostrowski, CRNA, MSN

Adjunct Faculty and Alumni, University of Pittsburgh
Student Coordinator, UPMC Presbyterian 

 

 Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists (PANA)
Trustees - 2005-2007   
Announced October 2005

Bettina Dixon, CRNA, MSN
Instructor, Nurse Anesthesia Program

Mitch Oblak, CRNA, MSN
Staff Nurse Anesthetist, UPMC Presbyterian and Alumni

James Woomer, CRNA, MSN
Adjunct Faculty and Alumni, University of Pittsburgh
Student Clinical Coordinator, Altoona Hospital
 

AANA Foundation

  Research Grant from the AANA Foundation for $24,998            August 2005
Title:  The Association Between Mu-Receptor Genotypes and Postoperative Pain Response
Principle Investigator:  Richard Henker, PhD, CRNA

     Vice Chair, ATC Department
     Instructor, Nurse Anesthesia Program

University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing Distinguished Alumni Award     May 2005
Richard Henker, PhD, CRNA
Vice Chair, ATC Department
Instructor, Nurse Anesthesia Program


The UPMC/University of Pittsburgh Mentoring program received the AANA Education Committee Crystal Apple Award in February 2005.  Read more about it..... http://www.anes.upmc.edu/Archive/News/2005/02/0502_CrystalApple.htm

 

 

2004

Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation

Re-appointed to the Board of Directors of the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation
for a 3 year term ending October 2007
John O'Donnell, CRNA, MSN
Director, Nurse Anesthesia Program

Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists (PANA)
Outstanding Clinician of the Year   
Awarded October 2004
Joseph Goode, CRNA, MSN
Staff Nurse Anesthetist, UPMC Presbyterian and
Adjunct Faculty, University of Pittsburgh

Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists (PANA)
Outstanding Didactic Instructor of the Year    
Awarded October 2004
Richard Henker, CRNA, PhD
Associate Professor/Vice Chairman, Acute/Tertiary Care Department
University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing
Instructor, Nurse Anesthesia Program

Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists (PANA)
Outstanding Clinical Instructor of the Year   
Awarded October 2004
Alicia Singleton, CRNA, MSHS
Student Clinical Coordinator and Chief Nurse Anesthetist, Mercy Hospital


University of Pittsburgh Alumni Association Volunteer of the Year Award
Presented during the Alumni Leaders Weekend Recognition Dinner on April 23, 2004
Loren Jefferies Pulliam, CRNA, MSN
Adjunct Faculty, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing

 

 

University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing Distinguished Clinical Scholar Award     May 2005
John O'Donnell, CRNA, MSN
Director, Nurse Anesthesia Program
 

2003
Appointed to the Board of Directors of the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation
John O'Donnell, CRNA, MSN
Director, Nurse Anesthesia Program

Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists (PANA)
Outstanding Clinical Instructor of the Year   
Awarded October 2003
Thomas Drobycki, CRNA, BS
Student Clinical Coordinator and Staff Nurse Anesthetist, Veterans Administration Medical Center

Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists (PANA)
Outstanding Didactic Instructor of the Year    
Awarded October 2003
Sandra Sell, CRNA, MSN
Instructor, Nurse Anesthesia Program

Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists (PANA)
Outstanding Clinician of the Year    Awarded October 2003
Loren Pullium, CRNA, MSN
CRNA Independent Contractor and Adjunct Faculty, University of Pittsburgh

University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing
Deans Distinguished Teaching Award  April 2003
Bettina Dixon, CRNA, MSN
Instructor, Nurse Anesthesia Program

Nursing Spectrum Midwestern US Nurse Educator of Year
John O'Donnell, CRNA, MSN
Director, Nurse Anesthesia Program

2002
Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists (PANA)
Outstanding Clinician of the Year    Awarded October 2002
Sue Kelly, CRNA, MSN
Student Clinical Coordinator and Staff Nurse Anesthetist, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing 
Lucie Young Kelly Faculty Leadership Award    
April 6, 2002
John O'Donnell, CRNA, MSN
Director, Nurse Anesthesia Program
This award is given every three years and John is the second recipient.  
Lucie Young Kelly is a well known nursing leader and an alumni of the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing.   
This award honors Pitt School of Nursing faculty members who have distinguished themselves as leaders in the discipline of nursing education.  

2001

American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)
Outstanding Clinical Instructor of the Year
Elaine Kasha, CRNA, BSEd
CRNA Senior Clinician and Student Specialty Coordinator,
UPMC Presbyterian

Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists (PANA)
Outstanding Didactic Instructor of the Year
John O'Donnell, CRNA, MSN
Director, Nurse Anesthesia Program

Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists (PANA)
Outstanding Clinical Instructor of the Year
Helen DeFranco, CRNA, BSN
CRNA Assistant Coordinator, UPMC Presbyterian

Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists (PANA)
Outstanding Clinician of the Year
Sandra Sell, CRNA, MSN
Instructor, Nurse Anesthesia Program

Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists (PANA)
Hilda Solomon Memorial Award
John O'Donnell, CRNA, MSN
Director, Nurse Anesthesia Program

2000
Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists (PANA)
Outstanding Didactic Instructor of the Year
Bettina Dixon, CRNA, MSN
Instructor, Nurse Anesthesia Program

Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists (PANA)
Outstanding Clinical Instructor of the Year
Wendy Veith, CRNA, BSN
CRNA Preceptor and Student Coordinator, UPMC Presbyterian

Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists (PANA)
Outstanding Clinician of the Year
Gary Stanich, CRNA, BS
Staff Nurse Anesthetist and Instructor, UPMC Shadyside

Sigma Theta Tau, Eta Chapter
Leadership in Nursing Award for Education (June 2000)
John O'Donnell, CRNA, MSN
Program Director

University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing
Deans Distinguished Teaching Award
Laura Palmer, CRNA, MNEd
Assistant Program Director

University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing
NEPTUNE Award 
(Nursing's Excellence in Planning and Teaching with the University's Network  Environment)

Laura Palmer, CRNA, MNEd
Assistant Program Director

1999
Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists (PANA)
Program Director of the Year
John O'Donnell, CRNA, MSN

1998
Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists (PANA)
Outstanding Clinician of the Year
Tom Thomas, CRNA, BS
Adjunct Faculty, Nurse Anesthesia Program

University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing
NEPTUNE Award 
(Nursing's Excellence in Planning and Teaching with the University's Network  Environment)

John O'Donnell, CRNA, MSN
Program Director

1997
Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists (PANA)
Outstanding Didactic Instructor of the Year
Laura Palmer, CRNA, MNEd
Assistant Director, Nurse Anesthesia Program

University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing
Deans Distinguished Teaching Award
 John O'Donnell, CRNA, MSN
Program Director

Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists (PANA)
Outstanding Clinical Instructor of the Year
Elaine Kasha, CRNA, BSEd
CRNA Senior Clinician and Student Specialty Coordinator, UPMC Presbyterian

Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists (PANA)
Outstanding Clinician of the Year
Debra Weimer, CRNA, MSN
CRNA Preceptor, UPMC Presbyterian 


Mary DePaolis Lutzo, CRNA Clinical Instructor Award
(established 1994)

The recipient of this award is selected annually by the graduating students from the over 100 CRNA clinical instructors throughout our clinical sites.  This award was previously known as the Instructor Excellence Award but renamed to recognize Dr. Mary Lutzo.  Dr. Lutzo was the former Program Director whose vision and leadership in nurse anesthesia education transitioned the UHCP School of Anesthesia for Nurses into the current graduate program housed at the School of Nursing.  Mary always valued the contributions of the clinical faculty as the backbone of nurse anesthesia education and this award recognizes their commitment and dedication to our students.

2014 Spring
Jennifer Coates, CRNA, MSN

presented by Erica Wiesen (left)
 
2013 Fall
Shawn Weber, CRNA, MHS

presented by Joey Ferriero at UPMC (left)
 
2013 Spring
Linda Szmanski, CRNA, MS

presented by Jacki Harvey (left)
 
2012 Fall
Jeffrey Grindstaff, CRNA, MHS

presented by David Gaggini (right)
 
2012 Spring
Angela Frie, CRNA, MSN

presented by Tawni Fuller (left)
 
2011 Fall
Brian Berry, CRNA, MHS

presented by Joseph Farelli (left)
 
2011 Spring
Jennifer Kundick, CRNA, MSN

presented by Paul McMullen
 
2010 Fall
Nadine Kelley, CRNA, BSN

presented by Keith Wieland
 
2010 Spring
Derek Reckard, CRNA, MSN

 

 

2009 Fall
Sue Kelly, CRNA, MSN
James Weber, CRNA, MSN


 

 

2009 Spring
Robert Lorah, CRNA, MSN

2008
Tina Bowser, CRNA, MSN

 

2007
Robert Andra, CRNA

Eric Wrenn, CRNA, MSN
(not pictured)


 

2006
Amy Hermann, CRNA, MSN

2005
Bill Pileggi, CRNA, MSN

2004
Luke Neubert, CRNA, BSN

2003
Dale Fleck, CRNA, MSN
Alicia Singleton, CRNA, MSHS

2002
Raymond Edwards, CRNA, MSN
Mike Chaklos, CRNA
Jay Weber, CRNA, MSN

2001
Mark Merlo, CRNA, MHS

2000
Sharon Doolin, CRNA

1999
Robert Dukic, CRNA, BS

1998
Robert Dukic, CRNA, BS

1997
Elaine Kasha, CRNA, BSEd

1996
Paula Mattes, CRNA, MSN

1995
Elaine Kasha, CRNA, BSEd

1994
Linda Zazvrskey, CRNA, MS


Stephen C. Finestone, Clinical Instructor Award
(established 1994)

The recipient of this award is selected annually by the graduating students from the over 100 physician clinical instructors throughout our clinical sites.  This award was established to honor the contributions of Dr. Stephen Finestone to the education of Nurse Anesthetists and recognize the support of our physician faculty to clinical education.  Dr. Finestone was the Medical Director of the UHCP School of Nurse Anesthesia from it's early beginnings throughout the transition to the current program.  
 

2014 - Spring
Dr. Lauri Adler


Presented by Asheigh Griechen (left)
 
 

2013 - Fall
Dr. Jonathan Waters


Presented by Allison Brooks (left)
 
 

2013 - Spring
Dr. Cynthia Wells


Presented by Jennifer Andrews (left)
 
 

2012 - Fall
Dr. Carl Daltner


Presented by Julie Green (right)
 
 

2012 - Spring
Dr. Lynn Broadman


Presented by Kevin Dom (left)
 
 

2011 - Fall
Dr. Patrick Callahan


Presented by John Reichert (right)
 
 

2011 - Spring
Dr. Manuel Vallejo


Presented by Kim Wysocki
 
 

2010 - Fall
Dr. Robert Boretsky


Presented by Keith Wieland (right)
 
 

2010 - Spring
Dr. Edmund Jooste


 

 

2009 - Fall
Dr. Isabella Picciotti

Dr. Milen Petkov


 

 

2009 - Spring
Dr. Daniel Sabo

  
 

2008
Dr. Lauri Adler

  
 

2007
Dr. Nasr Yazigi

Dr. Beverly Pierce-Smith

  
 

2006
Dr. Gordon Mandell

 

2005
Dr. Medhat Abulleil

2004
Dr. Isabella Picciotti

2003
Dr. Sivam Ramanathan

2002
Dr. Manuel Vallejo

2001
Dr. Theresa Gelzinis

2000
Dr. Nicholas Bircher

1999
Dr. Paul Shay

1998
Dr. James Krugh

1997
Dr. John Caldwell

1996
Dr. Harry Waters

1995
Dr. Frederick Keen

1994
Dr. Thomas Gaisor


Alumni Mentor Award  
(established December 2009)

2009 - Fall
Loren Pulliam, CRNA, MSN


Outstanding Clinical Coordinator Award  
(established Spring 2010)

2010 - Spring
Wendy Veith, CRNA, MSN


Instructor Excellence Award
(discontinued 1994)

1993
Thomas Thayer, CRNA, MSN

1992
Anne Zapletal, CRNA, BSN
Patricia Swedlow, CRNA

1991
Thomas Thayer, CRNA, MSN


Outstanding Didactic Instructor Award
(established 1994 - discontinued 1999)

1998
John O'Donnell, CRNA, MSN

1997
Laura Palmer, CRNA, MNEd

1996
John O'Donnell, CRNA, MSN

1995
Laura Palmer, CRNA, MNEd

1994
Laura Palmer, CRNA, MNEd