Sept. 18, 2007
Contact: Julianna M. Pietak
Two Barry faculty members recognized by national nurse anesthesia organization
Miami Shores, Fla. – Two faculty members from Barry University’s Master of Science in Anesthesiology program recently received national recognitions from the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA).
Steve Clarke, MS, CRNA, clinical coordinator and assistant director of Barry’s anesthesiology program, was named Outstanding Clinical Instructor of the Year at the association’s annual meeting in Denver, Colo. The award, presented to one instructor a year who exemplifies excellence in nurse anesthesia education, was one of two presented to Barry faculty members at the meeting. Diana Quinlan, CRNA, program lecturer in Barry’s program, was also recognized with the Agatha Hodgins Award for outstanding contributions to the nurse anesthetist profession.
Both Clarke and Quinlan have been long-time contributors to both Barry’s program and their profession. Clarke helped establish Barry’s nurse anesthesia degree with Dr. Norman Wolford in 1993, and Quinlan has been conducting research and lecturing on her chosen topic, chemical dependency in health care providers, for over 20 years.
Clarke was instrumental in positioning Barry’s program as the first master’s degree for nurse anesthetists in Florida, and one of the largest in the country. He currently supports over 50 students in eight hospital settings at the program’s Orlando site, with over 400 students graduating as nurse anesthetists in his time at Barry.
“Sometimes it’s like having 50 kids,” Clarke said. “But there is no doubt this is the toughest program any RN could choose. But, who wants a mediocre CRNA? It has to be tough.”
Quinlan has helped advance Barry students’ understanding of substance abuse in health care professionals through in-depth lectures and strict self evaluations. She will assist Program Director John McFadden in teaching sections of the fifth semester course, “Leadership and Health Care Systems,” this year.
In addition to the faculty members recognized, 14 students and seven faculty members represented Barry at the annual meeting, Aug. 4-8. Jenny Dgertsen, a second year student in the program, represented Barry for the first time by competing in the College Bowl.
“Barry was well represented at the meeting this year; everywhere you turned, somebody from Barry was winning an award, speaking, or being involved in a meeting activity,” said Tony Umadhay, adjunct assistant professor of anesthesiology.
These latest faculty recognitions follow-up a string of accomplishments for the program. With 126 full-time graduate students currently enrolled, Barry’s Master of Science in Anesthesiology is recognized as t
For more information, please contact Program Director John McFadden at (305) 899-3287.