The AANA Annual Congress is traditionally a time for honoring the accomplishments of CRNAs and others whose contributions have helped advance nurse anesthesia education, advocacy, practice, public relations, and humanitarian concerns. At this year’s Opening Ceremonies, the association bestowed several awards to CRNAs who have valuably contributed to the profession. Read on for more information about our award recipients from the state of Tennessee!
AANA Didactic Instructor of the Year Award: Patrick Moss, DNAP, CRNA
The Didactic Instructor of the Year, established in 1991, is presented to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the education of student nurse anesthetists in the classroom. This year, Patrick Moss, DNAP, CRNA, was the recipient.
A CRNA for nearly 20 years, Moss’s innovation in ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia techniques led to a partnership between Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia (MTSA) and Halyard Health, formally Kimberly-Clark Health Care, a medical technology company. The two launched the nation’s first peer-to-peer CRNA Center of Excellence (COE) housed within MTSA’s school of nurse anesthesia. Moss currently functions as the Regional Vice President for LifeLinc Anesthesia where he focuses on leadership, management, consultation, and education throughout various LifeLinc affiliated sites. In addition, he serves as a Consultant and the Clinical Liaison for MTSA/AANA’s Acute Surgical Pain Management Fellowship.
AANA PR Award Winner: Memphis Student Nurse Anesthetist Foundation
PR Awards are given out every year to organizations that expand the influence and knowledge of the nurse anesthesia profession through various public relations efforts. Five types of PR Award winners were announced at this year’s Opening Ceremonies.