John O’Donnell CRNA, MSN, WISER’s Associate Director for Nursing Programs was honored by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists as Program Director of the Year.
Mr. O’Donnell is the Director of the Nurse Anesthesia Program at the University of Pittsburgh and is also a faculty member of the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Nursing. This esteemed award is conferred annually by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) Board of Directors in recognition of substantial contributions to the profession of Nurse Anesthesia in scholarship, education and leadership.
Mr. O’Donnell’s work as an advocate for use of Human Simulation as an element of Nurse Anesthesia education at both the programmatic and graduate levels was specifically cited as a key factor in his receipt of this award. Mr. O’Donnell has primarily authored numerous simulation based courses for CRNA students and practicing providers. He has also mentored other faculty members on the use of simulation in CRNA training and practice.
In addition to his simulation based work in the Nurse Anesthesia programs, Mr. O’Donnell has been instrumental in the incorporation of simulation based training throughout the school of nursing curriculum. He has also assisted in the creation of several courses for practicing nurses. Mr. O’Donnell now leads a state of the art simulation based project that he and his team have developed at WISER aimed at reducing back injuries for nurses.
The award was presented on August 5, 2006 at the opening ceremonies of the 75th Anniversary Meeting of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists held in Cleveland, Ohio.