Ira P. Gunn Award for Outstanding Professional Advocacy

 
 
Purpose
The Ira P. Gunn Award for Outstanding Professional Advocacy was established in 2000 by the AANA
membership. It is presented to an individual who, through leadership and/or personal effort, has
made a highly significant contribution to the preservation and advancement of the nurse
anesthesia profession through legislative, legal and/or regulatory efforts.
 
The Award was established to honor Ira P. Gunn, CRNA, MLN, FAAN, who had a 21 year Army career,
where she excelled as a practitioner, educator, researcher, consultant, and prolific writer. She
untiringly devoted her time, knowledge, expertise and energies to the AANA, various State ANAs
and individual CRNAs confronted with challenges of a legal, legislative or regulatory nature. Her
contributions to this profession and its members, through these and other efforts have
significantly contributed to the preservation and advancement of the nurse anesthesia profession.
 
Award
The Ira P. Gunn Award for Outstanding Professional Advocacy is inscribed with the recipient’s
name and the year of presentation. The recipient’s name is also added to a plaque bearing the
name of previous recipients, which is displayed in the AANA Executive Office. The Award is
presented during the AANA Annual Meeting.
 
Eligibility
The nominee may be a CRNA or a non-CRNA who has demonstrated a significant contribution to
preserving the continued existence of the profession of nurse anesthesia. The nominee shall have
assisted the AANA in overcoming legislative, legal and regulatory challenges to nurse anesthesia
practice rights.
 
 
Past Recipients
 
2001
Ira P. Gunn, CRNA, MLN, FAAN
 
2002
Lola Gayle McKay, CRNA, MS
 
2003
William M. Miller, CRNA, MS, CFNP
 
2004
Mitchell Tobin, JD
 
2005
Paul Kilmartin, CRNA, MSNA
 
2006
Lisa Citak, CRNA
 
2007
Patrick Downey, CRNA
 
2008
John Buonora, CRNA
 
2009
Steven R. Wooden, CRNA, MS
 
2010
Patty Cornwell, CRNA
 
2011
Mary K. O'Brien, CRNA, EJD, MSN, ARNP
 
2012
LaRayne L. Oltz, CRNA
Tafford E. Oltz, CRNA
 
2013
Mindy Holst Miller, CRNA, MSN
 
2014
Keith E. Macksoud, CRNA, MA