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CRNAs Receive UPMC “Cameos of Caring” Award

Dawn MarcusThree CRNAs received awards at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing’s 12th Annual Cameos of Caring Awards Gala at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center on November 6, 2010. Robert Dukic, Tim Lyons and, John O’Donnell of UPP, UPMC Presbyterian, received this honor. The Cameos of Caring award was created in 1998 to honor exceptional nurses who work at acute care hospitals.

Congratulations to Robert Dukic, CRNA, as the 2010 UPP Anesthesiology recipient of the Cameos of Caring Award. We salute Bob’s excellence as a nurse anesthetist. Bob, a trauma/transplant CRNA at UPMC Presbyterian, has been working as a nurse anesthetist for 22 years. As one family member stated, ”My whole family is much relieved to know that our son at that time was in good hands - like they say in All State commercials. UPMC is indeed very lucky to have such a professional as Bob working amongst us.” As a clinical instructor, his teaching skills have helped foster confidence and independent thinking in his students.

Congratulations to Tim Lyons, CRNA, MSN, who received the 2010 Cameos of Caring Advanced Practice Award. A committee of University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing faculty reviewed and selected eight individuals to receive this prestigious Cameos of Caring Advanced Practice Award. Tim a trauma/transplant CRNA has been working as a nurse anesthetist for nine years at UPMC Presbyterian. He has been very active in the CVP and Difficult Airway workshop at the WISER Center and the educational endeavors for the CRNAs. In addition, the anesthesia students have consistently given him excellent rankings for his evidenced based management and compassion.

Congratulations to John O’Donnell CRNA, DrPh, Director of the CRNA program at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Nursing who was the recipient of the 2010 Cameos of Caring Educators award. John has been the Program Director of the CRNA program for 15 years which in 2009 was ranked #5 among United States Graduate Nurse Anesthesia programs. He is the Associate Director for Nursing Education at The University of Pittsburgh WISER Institute for Simulation, Education and Research. In addition, he has been the recipient of numerous awards including the AANA Program Director of the year award in 2007 presented at the 75th Annual meeting in Cleveland and the Ake Grenvick Award for Excellence in Education and Assessment in Stimulation, WISER, University of Pittsburgh in 2009. He has authored and co-authored many publications and book chapters in his career and has received numerous educational grants and funding. He is recognized on a national and international level for his accomplishments.

We salute all our awardees!!!!!


Heiner | 27 Dec 2010 | rmj
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