Taylor Organizes Prostate Cancer Golf Fundraiser
Spurred by his own experiences with prostate cancer, Kent Taylor, CRNA, organized a golf outing to raise awareness and funds for prostate cancer research. Seventy-two men participated in the Sept. 12 event at A.L. Gustin Golf Course, Columbia, Mo., raising more than $12,000 for the Prostate Cancer Foundation. In addition, Safeway, Inc., matched the amount for another $12,000 donation. Taylor said the day also achieved its goal of getting men to speak more openly about prostate cancer. Heplans to make it an annual event.
“It was a lot better [than my expectations],” said Taylor. He said a representative from the Prostate Cancer Foundation attended the event and was amazed by the turnout. “He said first-timers will take notice and people who have [participated inevents] for years will take notice.”
In September 2008, the hospital where Taylor works installed new laboratory equipment. Staff members came to the Anesthesia Department and were looking for male volunteers for blood draws so they could calibrate the new machines. He volunteered, and, about a week later, went to the lab and looked over the test results. The lab tech told him his prostate-specific antigen (PSA) was elevated at 2.0. He was 53 at the time and, after 3-to-4 years of following the usual course of serial PSAs, had two biopsies that showed low-grade, low-volume prostate cancer.
Taylor read about golfer Arnold Palmer being a 20-year prostate cancer survivor and how he started a golf awareness program called. “Arnie’s Army Battles Prostate Cancer.” He contacted the Prostate Cancer Foundation in Santa Monica, Calif., and began organizing his own event connected with the PCF and Arnie’s Army. After many meetings and phone calls, the “Battle Columbia” golf day was a reality.
He said one of his reasons in organizing the day was to distract himself from his own circumstances.
“To just get involved,” he added. “Women are so well organized about getting the word out about breast cancer. Men tend to not be very organized.”
Four days after the golf tournament, Taylor’s PSA had risen to 7.7, close enough to the level of 8 that he and his surgeon decided was the time for treatment. A specialist in robotic surgery removed his prostate and, after only two weeks, he was recovered.
Taylor hopes all men will get screened for prostate cancer and speak openly and honestly about it to support others who might be at risk.
“I think it’s just fear,” he said. The effects of the golf day’s awareness efforts were evident firsthand to Taylor.
“I received six phone calls from guys who found out they had prostate cancer and said, ‘Hey, can we have coffee and talk?’” he said. Taylor plans to move the event to a different golf club in the area each year, but keep it in September, which is prostate cancer awareness month.
Umadhay Receives Achievement Award from FIU
On October 19, Tony Umadhay
, CRNA, PhD, ARNP, received an Outstanding Achievement Award at the Florida International University Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences 30th Anniversary Night-inGala. Umadhay, an FIU alum, was recognized for his leadership in nursing education and exceptional professional achievements. The evening was a celebration of 30 years of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at FIU and the $10 million milestone for the college.
The Outstanding Achievement Awards acknowledge a select group of FIU nursing alumni who have exceeded the expectations of commitment and contribution to the nursing profession. Five people were inducted this year.
Umadhay is director and assistant professor of the Master of Science Program in Anesthesiology at Barry University, Miami Shores, Fla. Originally from the Philippines, he completed his undergraduate nursing degree at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila. He obtained his Master of Science in Nursing from FIU and his Doctorate in Philosophy from Barry University. His current research interest focuses on minorities and vulnerable populations.
Umadhay is a practicing staff nurse anesthetist at University of Miami-Jackson Memorial Hospital. In 2009, he was the recipient of the New York Life Doctoral Fellowship Award presented by the AANA Foundation.
Umadhay is immediate past president of the Florida Association of Nurse Anesthetists and has served on the Innovative Item Committee of the National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists.
Kate Fry Named Public Affairs Council’s 2013 Volunteer of the Year
Kate Fry, AANA associate director of political affairs, has been named the Public Affairs Council’s 2013 Volunteer of the Year. Fry said she’s been active in Council programs for so long she has difficulty recalling exactly when she first got involved.
“I go to the conferences year after year, and I always enjoy the camaraderie,” she said. “People are always there to share their experiences and to help. I always derive a lot of benefit from my participation.”
Fry provides a great deal of value for other members, as well, says Council Vice President Sheree Anne Kelly. “Kate has been one of our most responsive members on requests related to PACs,” she said. “She volunteers to provide guidance to fellowassociation PAC professionals and is very generous in sharing career advice with them. She also provides feedback to the Council on our resources and services.”
Council President Doug Pinkham said, “Kate is very creative in her PAC work. She is helpful to us and to other members, and she embodies the spirit of this award by being a supportive peer within the political involvement community.”
Fry has attended 10 Council conferences since 2006, seven times as a participant and three times as a speaker. She also served on the PAC Conference Advisory Committee in 2012 and 2013, as well as the advisory group for the PAC benchmarking survey in 2011 and 2013, and she has been an active participant in the Political Involvement Network and the Association Micro-Network.
A graduate in history and political science from Dickinson College, Fry is a 10-year veteran of Capitol Hill and federal advocacy work. The Silver Spring, Md., native came to the AANA from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, where she served as director of grassroots and political advocacy.
“One thing I love about our work is the challenge of taking something that can carry so many negatives and presenting it in a creative way that people can relate to and understand,” said Fry. “While we always want to present ourselves in a professional manner, we should also be inventive and even fun in our approach. That’s how we communicate the importance of what we do in this profession. When we can do that, people understand and are proud to participate.”
The award, created in 2008, recognizes recipients’ contributions not only to the Council but also to the public affairs profession. The selection process begins with nominations from Council staff, and nominees are then voted on by the Executive Committee. The winner receives an all-expenses-paid trip to the fall board meeting, where he or she receives the award before senior-level executives and peers.
New Book Celebrates the History of Anesthesia
, CRNA, MSN; Susan Caulk
, CRNA, MSN; and Karen Plaus
CRNA, PhD, FAAN; have authored chapters in The Wondrous Story of Anesthesia
, a new history of the discipline published by Springer (http://www.springer.com/medicine/anesthesiology/book/978-1-4614-8440- 0)
. Edited by anesthesiologists Edmund Eger, MD; Lawrence Saidman, MD; and Rod Westhorpe, MD; the book includes contributions from more than 100 physicians, nurses, scientists, and representatives from industry. According to Koch, the book is the first in anesthesia history literature to include chapters written by and describing the work of both physicians and nurses in anesthesia. Koch wrote “The Evolution of Nurse Anesthesia in the United States,” a chapter that describes the factors which caused nurses to practice anesthesia, and the major contributions made by CRNAs to progress in anesthesia. Caulk and Plaus collaborated on a chapter titled “Development of the Certification Examination by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (1933-2012),”which discussed in detail the many steps involved in composing the certifying exam. Many of the book’s authors attended a gala dinner at the Metropolitan Club in San Francisco celebrating the book’s launch on Oct. 12, 2013. Guests recounted stories both humorous and serious to honor the editors, who labored for 12 years on the project.