For the College of Nursing’s graduate nurse anesthesia students, it’s not who you know, but what you know…and how you promote it…that makes them recent winners at the national level.
Students from the rigorous 27-month program attended the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) 78th Annual Meeting in Boston in August. Not only did they expand their professional knowledge in their new specialty and network with colleagues from around the nation, they also came away with two awards.
The Villanova nurse anesthesia students won the AANA PR award for best public relations effort by an individual, small group, organization, or company not affiliated with a state association. The honor recognized their stellar efforts in running and promoting a highly successful food drive in January during Nurse Anesthetist Week that brought in nearly a ton of food to restock Philabundance, the Philadelphia region’s largest hunger relief organization.
Additionally, student Christopher Scott was the Villanova representative to one of the six AANA College Bowl teams who successfully competed in answering anesthesia-related questions to win the competition. His team also beat a team of nurse anesthetists.