For the first time, an organization primarily providing anesthesia care at a military facility, earned the prestigious “Clinical Instructors of the Year” Award from the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists. Nominated for this award by faculty of the Duke University School of Nursing, the four Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) who represent Performance Anesthesia are Ray Brezinski, John White, Rick Hand, and Mike Kapp.
For more than 19 years, Performance Anesthesia has provided anesthesia services at Womack Army Medical Center at Ft. Bragg, NC. The organization also provides clinical placement opportunities for students of the Duke School of Nursing and the Army Veterans Administration’s Graduate Programs in Nurse Anesthesiology.
“At the Duke School of Nursing, we have a long tradition, and strong partnership with the U.S. Military especially in the area of nurse anesthetist education,” said Sharon Hawks, Assistant Professor, and Program Director for the Duke School of Nursing Anesthesia Specialty. “Our work with Performance Anesthesia in developing clinical education opportunities for our students has been a special experience. The fact that this is the first time that a military-oriented organization received this recognition, truly makes it an honor,” Hawks said.
The award, established in 1991, is presented to an individual or group of individuals who make a significant contribution to the teaching of nurse anesthesia students and to the advancement of educational standards that further the art and science of anesthesiology resulting in high quality patient care.
The award was recently presented at American Association of Nurse Anesthetists at their annual meeting in San Francisco.