Honors and Awards (Anesthesia)

Faculty Awards, Honors and Public Office

John O’Donnell

Selected by Chancellor Gallagher to present the BodyExplorer Project at the ACCelerate Exhibition. Smithsonian Museum of American History (October 2017). 

Carlow University Laureate, May 2018

Pittsburgh Magazine Nurse Educator of the Year, 2017-2018

Appointed Visiting Scholar, Sirri Raj Hospital, Mahidol University 2018

Appointed to State Board of Nursing - June 9, 2017, Chair Advanced Practice Committee

Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator certification, Society for Simulation in Healthcare - June 6, 2017

Appointed to the AANA Journal Editorial Board - May 2017

Appointed to ACIE Learning Management System Review Committee - January 2017

Faculty Honoree, Taipei Medical University, Center for Education and Simulation (CEMS) Grand Opening Ceremony – May 2017

Co-Chair IMSH International Meeting- Jan 29- Feb 2, 2017- Plenary Convener X 2 Nelson, D., O’Donnell, J.M., Samosky J. Body Explorer-An Augmented Reality Simulation System. Technology Showcase IMSH International Meeting. 1st Place

Invited Member: American Heart Association Resuscitation Education Summit- Feb 27-28, 2017

The Chancellor’s Innovation Commercialization Funds for Body Explorer: Augmented Reality Simulator/Matching Funds- Idea Foundry ($70,000) – January 2017

Appointed to American Heart Association ECC Educational Consensus Conference Team: Feedback and Debriefing Best Practices - January 2017

1st place 2016 University of Pittsburgh Medical Education Abstract Competition: “Is non-physician instruction inferior to attending physician instruction for central line training in the simulation lab?” – November 2016

Appointed: FY 2017 Anesthesia Payment and Policy Specialist Panel (APPSP). AANA Board of Directors

Appointed Frank J. Tornetta/LaSalle University/Einstein Medical Center Nurse Anesthesia Program Advisory Board – September 2016

Introduced as the international Co-Chair 2017, IMSH Meeting (2016, Jan)

Appointed Visiting Professor, Taipei Medical University (2015, Dec)

Appointed by Governor Tom Corbett to serve on the  Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing
     March 17, 2014 to March 16, 2016 - John O'Donnell, DrPH, CRNA, MSN, Director, University of Pittsburgh Nurse Anesthesia Program

Richard Henker

Henker - Cameos of Caring, UPMC Advanced Practice Honoree 2017

Henker - ANA Luther Christman Award 2018

Sheth Distinguished Faculty Award for International Achievement. University Center for International Studies. April 5, 2017

2016 Janice Drake Humanitarian Award AANA, Washington DC. September 12, 2016

Appointed Secretary of the HVO Board of Directors for 2016 to 2018. December 2016

Appointed AANA representative for the G4 Alliance. March 10, 2017

Elected to the Board of Directors, Health Volunteers Overseas, Our Leadership | Health Volunteers Overseas
     Fall 2014 - Richard Henker, PhD, RN, CRNA, FAAN, Professor, University of Pittsburgh Nurse Anesthesia Program

Consultant on the Nursing Scope of Practice and Standards of Care Task Force for the Ministry of Health in Cambodia
     Appointed June 2014 -  Richard Henker, PhD, RN, CRNA, FAAN, Professor, University of Pittsburgh Nurse Anesthesia Program
     This project was funded by the World Health Organization

Appointed as Visiting Professor at Mahidol University Siriraj Hospital School of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology, Thailand
     August 2014 - Richard Henker, PhD, RN, CRNA, FAAN, Professor, Univsersity of Pittsburgh Nurse Anesthesia Program

Appointed as Visiting Professor at Nakhon Phanom University Boromarajonani College of Nursing, Thailand
     February 2014  -  Richard Henker, PhD, RN, CRNA, FAAN, Professor, University of Pittsburgh Nurse Anesthesia Program 

Committee on Nursing Practice Standards for the American Nurses Association
     Initially appointed 2009, reappointed December of 2013
     Appointed co-chair March 2014 - Richard Henker, PhD, RN, CRNA, FAAN, Professor, University of Pittsburgh Nurse Anesthesia Program 

Michael Neft

Chair-Elect, Psych, Mental Health and Substance Abuse-Expert Panel; American Academy of Nursing.

Named to two American Academy of Nursing Expert Panels (Fall 2016):
  1. Psychiatry, Mental Health and Substance Abuse
  2. Acute and Critical Care

Selected to serve as Chair, AANA Health and Wellness Committee, FY 17

Selected to serve as Co-Chair, membership Committee, Army Nurse Corps 2016-2018

Chair, Membership Committee - Nursing, National Academies of Practice, 2017

Inductee - American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) – 10/22/2016

Inductee-National Academies of Practice (FNAP) – 4/17/2015

Bettina Dixon

December 1989 -  Certificate of Appreciation for Excellence in Clinical Teaching and Outstanding Contributions to Professional Growth, presented by the University Health Center of Pittsburgh School of Anesthesia for Nurses, Class of 1989.

October 2000 -  Didactic Instructor of the Year Award from the Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists.

April 2003 -  Dean’s Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing.

Summer 2015 -   Patient Safety Fellowship from the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative.

Judith Mermigas

National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) National Certification Exam (NCE) Item Writer Committee
     Appointed June 2014 - Judith Mermigas, MSN, CRNA, Faculty, Nurse Anesthesia Program