Virginia Decorated Navy Officer and New Commanding Officer Cathy Harrison Honored at Legislative Reception

Virginia Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists' President is First and
Only CRNA to Hold Such an Imposing Position

For Immediate Release
January 27, 2012

Richmond, Va. - Richmond resident Captain Cathy A. Harrison, CRNA, NC, USN, was honored at the Virginia Association of Nurse Anesthetists' (VANA) legislative breakfast as the first and only Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) in the Navy Reserves to serve as the commanding officer of an operational health support unit.
The breakfast reception is part of National Nurse Anesthetists Week, where over 1,200 nurse anesthetists in Virginia join 44,000 nurse anesthetists across the country in celebrating Caring for America for almost 150 years. Harrison, who is president of VANA, is a respected CRNA licensed in Virginia, a decorated Navy Officer with the U.S. Navy (Reserve Component), educator and entrepreneur, was recognized for her outstanding meritorious service to the United States, and her commitment and leadership in furthering the delivery of quality healthcare in Virginia.
State Senator John C. Watkins, R-10th District, who is sponsoring Joint Senate Resolution 36 to commend Harrison, and the Secretary of Veteran Affairs and Homeland Security Terrie L. Suit, were on hand for the ceremony which took place in the General Assembly Building.


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A beaming VANA president, Cathy Harrison, CRNA, NC, USN, flanked
by family, as she is recognized on the Virginia Senate floor by
Senator John C. Watkins, R-10th District.
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