Steve Alves Receives National Award from the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists

  • Sep 3, 2015

For Immediate Release: September 3, 2015    
For More Information Contact: AANA Public Relations
Park Ridge, Illinois – Steve Alves, a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), has been named the 2015 Program Director of the Year by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA).
The Program Director of the Year Award, established in 1991, is presented to a CRNA who has made a significant contribution as a program director to the educational process of student nurse anesthetists. The award recognizes the commitment of individuals to the profession of nurse anesthesia and to the advancement of educational standards that further the art and science of anesthesia and result in high-quality patient care.
Alves is the program administrator for Northeastern University in Boston, Mass.
A visionary leader, Alves has led the expansion of the Northeastern University nurse anesthesia program for more than 10 years.  Under his leadership, the program has increased from one clinical site to more than 20. Alves designed the education model that will be used to transition the program from a master’s, to a doctorate-level curriculum. A CRNA for more than 20 years, Alves has the utmost respect for the military, and used his position to shine a light on the contribution of military CRNAs by designing a doctorate curriculum model to accommodate nurse anesthesia students and faculty from the U.S. Army program.
“Becoming a CRNA means being willing to administer the same high standard of anesthesia care every time to every patient. My faculty staff and I enjoy instilling these values in our students,” said Alves. “Winning this award is very humbling, but shines a wonderful spotlight on the education aspect of our profession that preserves nurse anesthesia.”
Alves received his PhD in nursing from the University of Rhode Island’s College of Nursing, Kingston, R.I., and a master’s degree in nursing from the University of New England, School of Nurse Anesthesia, Biddeford, Maine.  In addition, he received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Rhode Island College Providence.