Public Relations Recognition Awards-2007 Entries

2007 Winning Entries

Category A—Best Overall Public Relations Effort for the Past Year
(to be awarded to an individual, organization, or state association)
Winner—Maine Association of Nurse Anesthetists
The Maine Association of Nurse Anesthetists put together a series of four questions that were asked of the news anchors during "Stumper Questions" on Portland, Maine's WCSH TV's morning news show. The segment ran from January 23 - January 26, 2007 with one question asked each day as part of MANA's National Nurse Anesthetists Week promotion.
Category B—Best Public Relations Effort by a Small State Association
Winner—Rhode Island Association of Nurse Anesthetists
The Rhode Island Association of Nurse Anesthetists organized the RIANA Run, a 7K running race, that drew 175 runners and raised $5,525 for the Bill Sullivan Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship benefits student nurse anesthetists.
Category C—Best promotional effort for National Nurse Anesthetists Week
(to be awarded to an individual, organization, or state association)
Winner—Kansas Association of Nurse Anesthetists

The Kansas Association of Nurse Anesthetists had 4,000 custom stamps made with the AANA 75th poster design. The stamps were used at several conventions that the KANA PR Committee attended, handed out to attendees as promotional items, and offered to the KANA membership for purchase.


Category D—Best Public Relations Effort by an Individual, Small Group,
Organization, or Company Not Affiliated with a State Association
Winner—Villanova University, Crozer-Chester Medical Center School of Nurse Anesthesia

Project Innocence evolved in response to the October 2, 2006 Amish school shooting that took place in Lancaster, Pa. Five Amish girls died in the shooting, with several others critically wounded. Three academic institutions of student nurse anesthetists donated clothing, food, toys, books, and gift certificates. On January 24, 2007 during National Nurse Anesthetists Week, the students traveled to Lancaster with carloads of donations. The students spent time with the families and remain in contact. The project was presented at the 2007 PANA conference in Hershey, Pa.


AANA wishes to thank the other entrants for participating in the Public Relations
Recognition Awards competition.


  • Florida Association of Nurse Anesthetists
  • Michigan Association of Nurse Anesthetists
  • Missouri Association of Nurse Anesthetists
  • New Jersey Association of Nurse Anesthetists
  • Texas Association of Nurse Anesthetists
  • Wyoming Valley Health Care System
    (WVHCS/University of Scranton Nurse Anesthesia Program
    and the Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists)


AANA Recognition Awards