TANA is pleased to announce that one of our student members recently received top honors at the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) annual conference in Seattle. In addition to being granted the Dean and Fred Hayden Memorial National Scholarship, third-year Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) student Sara Wilkinson was also awarded the prestigious Student of Excellence Award.
This award, which is given to only one student in the country, is in recognition of Wilkinson’s academic excellence, excellence in leadership, and excellence in service to others. “I was thrilled to receive this award, which acknowledged all my hard work during my time as a student nurse anesthetist,” Wilkinson said. “I was excited to be able to represent the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, and the nurse anesthesia program.” She also stated she plans to use the scholarship money to help pay for her books and tuition.
What’s more, Wilkinson’s poster “Bispectral Index Monitoring and Post-Operative Delirium” was chosen for display at the conference, a first for any UTHSC student. She is pictured here with her collaborator on the project, Dwayne Accardo, DNP, CRNA, assistant professor and program director for the UTHSC College of Nursing DNP Nurse Anesthesia program.
“These awards have been wonderful to receive, to recognize all my efforts and hard work, but the most important goal of my career as a certified nurse anesthetist is to be of service to my patients,” Wilkinson said.
Congratulations, Sara Wilkinson! Click here to read the full article on UTHSC’s website.