UND alumnus receives prestigious nursing education award


Brian Johnson

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Edward S. Thompson was recognized recently at the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists’ Annual Congress in Washington D.C.

Edward S. Thompson, a University of North Dakota alumnus from Naples, Fla. received the 37th annual Helen Lamb Outstanding Educator Award during the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) Nurse Anesthesia Annual Congress, held recently in Washington D.C.

Thompson, a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA), graduated with the UND College of Nursing, now known as the College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines , class of 1973, and received his master’s from the University in 1975.

Established in 1980, the Helen Lamb Outstanding Educator Award is presented to a CRNA who has made a significant contribution to the education of nurse anesthetists. The award recognizes the individual’s commitment 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.

Thompson has dedicated himself throughout his career to generations of student registered nurse anesthetists. He was program director at the Mayo Foundation for Research & Education and the University of Iowa. He is also a member of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Task Force which has developed and imbued the DNP with the high and exacting standards of nurse anesthesia.

About the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists:

Founded in 1931 and located in Park Ridge, Ill., and Washington, D.C., the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) is the professional organization representing more than 50,000 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and student registered nurse anesthetists across the United States. As advanced practice registered nurses and anesthesia specialists, CRNAs administer approximately 43 million anesthetics to patients in the United States each year and are the primary providers of anesthesia care in rural America. In some states, CRNAs are the sole anesthesia professionals in nearly 100 percent of rural hospitals. For more information, visit www.aana.com and www.future-of-anesthesia-care-today.com.