Janice Drake CRNA Humanitarian Award
The Janice Drake CRNA Humanitarian Award is presented to a CRNA who volunteers and provides anesthesia, education, and training in needy areas of the United States and overseas. Read a message from Janice Drake, founder of the Humanitarian Award, on why she started her endowment fund.
The Janice Drake CRNA Humanitarian Award is presented to a CRNA who volunteers and provides anesthesia, education, and training in needy areas of the United States and overseas. The winner of the 2018 Janice Drake CRNA Humanitarian Award is Janet Dewan, PhD, CRNA. Janet is the Program Coordinator and assistant clinical professor at Northeastern University School of Nursing Nurse Anesthesia Program. Janet has been involved in nurse anesthesia education for over 35 years. Janet's interests include strengthening the global anesthesia workforce, health worker education, stimulation and international human rights law. All these interests have led Janet to be an activist on several levels. She represented advanced practice nursing as a member of the Massachusetts Board of Nursing for nine years, and has served on numerous Commonwealth of Massachusetts committees. Nationally, she was a member of the AANA Council for Public Interest and served as chair of the AANA Health and Wellness Committee. Janet also holds an editorial board appointment at the International Student Journal of Nurse Anesthesia, is a member of the Anesthesia Steering Committee for Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO), and is a medical board member for the International Organization for Women and Development. She currently functions as an expert in anesthesia education consultant for Seed Global Health Partnerships and Lifebox Foundation, where she is involved with development of a low resource suitable pediatric pulse oximeter. Her passion is to assure access to safe essential and emergency surgery through development of the anesthesia workforce. Her volunteer focus has evolved from service alone, to incorporating service into education of both host country anesthetists and immersed US students, inspiring and connecting the next generation of developing anesthetists.
Previous Humanitarians of the Year
- 2012 - Ronda L. Davis, MSN, CRNA
- 2013 - Marion W. Njoroge, MS, CRNA
- 2014 - Erin M. Cushing, MS, CRNA
- 2015 - Mary Kay Thomas, BS, CRNA
- 2016 - Richard Henker, PhD, RN, CRNA, FAAN
- 2017 - Brian Ryder, CRNA
Application materials for the Janice Drake CRNA Humanitarian Award.