Russell Lynn Receives 2015 AANA Foundation Advocate of the Year Award

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September 3, 2015
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Park Ridge, Illinois – Russell Lynn, CRNA, APN, MSN, was honored posthumously with the 2015 AANA Foundation Advocate of the Year Award during the Annual Congress of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA), August 29-September 1, 2015, in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The Advocate of the Year Award is presented to an AANA Foundation Advocate for outstanding commitment to the nurse anesthesia profession through individually supporting the AANA Foundation and encouraging others to do the same. Advocates are volunteers who represent, support and promote the efforts and activities of the AANA Foundation at the state level both philosophically and financially.
“Russell Lynn believed it was his job to keep the nurse anesthesia profession growing and strong,” said AANA Foundation Board of Trustees Chair Wilma Gills, CRNA, BSN, APNP. “He encouraged students to become actively engaged in the AANA. He led by example, becoming an advocate for education and research, and also a Friend for Life, our planned giving program. Lynn also encouraged the New Jersey Association of Nurse Anesthetists (NJANA) to create an advocate position in 2007, and then volunteered to become New Jersey’s first state advocate, a role he held until his untimely death in December 2014.”
Mr. Lynn was a brilliant mind, an outstanding educator, and a tireless contributor to the nurse anesthesia profession,” said Gillis, in presenting the award. “He impacted countless lives. Russ was always so proud of being a CRNA; he said it was a ‘gift’ to be an educator and mentor to those wishing to enter the profession that he loved so much.”
The AANA Foundation is proud to name Russell Lynn the 2015 recipient of the Advocate of the Year Award.
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