Public Relations and the Student Nurse Anesthetist

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					     STUDENT NEWS

                                 Public Relations and the
                                 Student Nurse Anesthetist
                                         his month, I      brate our profession and patient safety, Nurse      PR Recognition Awards

                                 T       turn the
                                         Student News
                                  over to guest colum-
                                                           Anesthetists Week is a time for us to educate
                                                           our many publics about the essential services
                                                           nurse anesthetists offer. The safety of our prac-
                                                                                                               The PR Recognition Awards were created in
                                                                                                               1981 to honor and recognize efforts that
                                                                                                               positively promote the nurse anesthesia
                                  nist Ashley Fedan,       tice is commended as we emphasize our               profession. Any state association, educational
     Christopher Leger, RN,       RN, student represen-    profession’s compassionate and caring nature.       institution, hospital, clinic, CRNA group,
     BSN, CCRN                    tative to the AANA           Although Nurse Anesthetists Week lasts          company or individual CRNA that cares to
     Student Representative to    Public Relations         seven days, planning for the campaign               submit a proper entry is eligible to be
     the Education Committee      Committee. In this       occurs throughout the year. Soon after this         considered for an award. The winners are
     Email:       essay, Ashley            article is published, the committee will meet       selected and awards presented during the
                                  describes the many       to select next year’s theme. Embracing the          AANA Annual Meeting Opening Ceremonies.
          functions the PR Committee plays in its          inspiration of the campaign, promotional            A plaque of the winners is also stationed on
          crucial role of educating the public, our        materials are designed by the outstanding           permanent display in the AANA headquar-
          patients, and healthcare colleagues about the    AANA staff. The concepts are then finalized         ters office in Park Ridge, Ill. The committee
          profession of nurse anesthesia.                  by the committee during the Annual                  evaluates the entries at the Annual Meeting
                                                           Meeting, and production gets under way              using outlined, specific criteria. The winners
         Guest Columnist Ashley Fedan, RN                  shortly thereafter, the result being brochures,     of the PR Recognition Awards in the past
         Hello fellow students and future colleagues,      magnets, posters, mugs, shirts, buttons, and        have been motivational to many, their inspir-
         My name is Ashley Fedan, and I’m a senior         much, much more. By November items are              ing efforts promoting the very best of the
         student at the York College                       being ordered by state associations, nurse          nurse anesthesia profession.
         of Pennsylvania/ WellSpan                         anesthesia educational programs, and indi-
         Health Nurse Anesthesia                           viduals for promotional campaigns and cele-         Exhibits
         Program. As the student                           brations all across the country.                    The committee members, sometimes accom-
         representative on the AANA                                                                            panied by PR Department staff, exhibit at
         Public Relations (PR)                             Media Spokesperson Training                         national meetings and conferences through-
         Committee, I am honored to                        As a requirement of serving on the commit-          out the year. At these meetings
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