Denise Martin-Sheridan, CRNA, PhD, was named "Program Director of the Year". The award was presented to her at the August 2011 meeting of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) held in Boston, Massachusetts.
The Program Director of the Year award was established in 1991 and is presented to a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) who has made a significant contribution as a program director to the educational process of the student nurse anesthetists. This award recognizes the commitment of individuals to the profession of nurse anesthesia, and to the advancement of educational standards that further the art and science of anesthesiology and result in high quality patient care.
Dr. Martin-Sheridan former professor and faculty from 2010-2012 of the Albany Medical College Center for Nurse Anesthesiology, was director from 2007-2010, and the associate director from 1979-2007. The Center for Nurse Anesthesiology celebrated its 60th year of educating nurse anesthestists last year as well. Dr. Martin-Sheridan is also a graduate of the Albany Medical Center School for Nurse Anesthetists.
For more than 30 years, Dr. Martin-Sheridan has been instrumental in advancing nurse anesthesia education programs and the profession. Her study titled "Risk Factors That May Affect the Viability of Nurse Anesthesia Education Programs" had a direct impact on educational programs around the country, according to the AANA release. Knowledge gained from the study was instrumental in preventing "at risk" nurse anesthesia programs from closing. In 2000, she was recognized as "Researcher of the Year" by the AANA Research Foundation.
Dr. Martin-Sheridan was also named "Educator of the Year" in 2003 where she received the Helen Lamb Award from the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA). This award was established in 1980 in memory of Helen Lamb Frost, an AANA founding member, past president, and nurse anesthesia educator. The award recognizes the commitment of an individual to the educational standards of nurse anesthesia.
Kathleen M. O'Donnell, CRNA, PhD, was named the 2011 "Educator of the Year" and received the Helen Lamb Award from the American Association of Nurse Anesthestists (AANA). The award was established in 1980 and recognizes the commitement of an individual to the educational standards of nurse anesthesia.
Dr. O'Donnell was the director to the Albany Medical College nurse anesthesiology program fom 1976 to 2007.