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Former Faculty, Anesthesia Director Receives Outstanding Educator Award

Ed Thompson

Edward S. Thompson, PhD, CRNA, FAAN, a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) from Naples, Fla., received the 37th Annual Helen Lamb Outstanding Educator Award during the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) Nurse Anesthesia Annual Congress, which was held in Washington, D.C. earlier this month.

The Helen Lamb Outstanding Educator Award, established in 1980, is presented to a CRNA who has made a significant contribution to the education of nurse anesthetists. The award recognizes the individual’s commitment to the profession of nurse anesthesia and to the advancement of educational standards that further the art and science of anesthesiology and result in high quality patient care.

Thompson, who was the University of Iowa's Anesthesia Nursing program director from 1998-2009, retired from the UI as Emeritus Professor in 2010. He has dedicated himself throughout his career to the education of generations of student registered nurse anesthetists, not only as program director at the Mayo Foundation for Research & Education, Rochester, Minn., and the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, but also as a member of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Task Force which has developed and imbued the DNP with the high and exacting standards of nurse anesthesia. Known as a tough taskmaster, Thompson is nonetheless revered by his students and colleagues.

“He served as one of the authors of The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice,” said Mark Odden, MBA, BSN, CRNA, ARNP, in his letter of support to Thompson’s nomination, “therefore ensuring that CRNA educational needs were included in the requirements for the DNP…Dr. Thompson has forever changed the educational standards and enhanced the professional stature for all future nurse anesthetists by creating a relevant doctorate that emphasizes academic excellence, pertinent clinical science, and evidence-based practice.”

“When Dr. Wanda Wilson informed me of my selection as the 2016 recipient of the Helen Lamb Outstanding Educator Award, I was very surprised,” said Thompson. “How great to be included with some of the previous recipients who advised me during my career, namely: John Garde, Sr. Mary Arthur Schramm, Joyce Kelly, and Wynne Waugaman. I am truly appreciative of this incredible honor and extend my sincerest thanks to the AANA Board of Directors.”

The AANA congratulates Edward S. Thompson, PhD, RN, CRNA, FAAN, on being the recipient of the 2016 Helen Lamb Award for Outstanding Educator.

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About the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
Founded in 1931 and located in Park Ridge, Ill., and Washington, D.C., the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) is the professional organization representing more than 50,000 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and student registered nurse anesthetists across the United States. As advanced practice registered nurses and anesthesia specialists, CRNAs administer approximately 43 million anesthetics to patients in the United States each year and are the primary providers of anesthesia care in rural America. In some states, CRNAs are the sole anesthesia professionals in nearly 100 percent of rural hospitals. For more information, visit and

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Sep 29th, 2016