W. Keith Barnhill Receives AANA's 15th Annual Ira P. Gunn Award for Outstanding Professional Advocacy

  • Sep 3, 2015

For Immediate Release:  September 3, 2015    
For More Information Contact: AANA Public Relations
 
Park Ridge, Illinois – W. Keith Barnhill, a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), received the 2015 Ira P. Gunn Award for Outstanding Professional Advocacy during the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) Annual Congress in Salt Lake City, Utah.
 
The Ira P. Gunn Award was established in 2000 to recognize the accomplishments of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists or non-CRNAs who are involved in overcoming legislative, legal and regulatory challenges to nurse anesthesia practice rights. The recipient of the award receives recognition by peers as a person who has made an important contribution to the advancement of nurse anesthesia practice rights.
 
A crusader for CRNAs administering pain management, Barnhill is a CRNA, interventional pain management instructor and practitioner, business owner, and unflinching advocate for full practice authority in both Illinois and Iowa. “His everyday life is a lesson in advocating effectively for one’s profession,” says colleague Mary O’Brien, CRNA, EJD, MSN, ARNP.
 
Barnhill has persevered in the face of great professional challenges, championing his efforts in interventional pain management when his practice came under attack by those who sought to limit it and deny his ability to relieve the pain of his patients.
 
“It’s been a long road,” says Barnhill, “and many have helped me to persevere and continue to educate new generations on interventional pain management. To receive the Ira P. Gunn Award for Outstanding Professional Advocacy lends credence to our challenges and validates our victories.”
 
The AANA congratulates Keith Barnhill, CRNA, PhD, ARNP, on being the 2015 Ira P. Gunn Award winner for Outstanding Professional Advocacy.
 
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