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York College faculty member to receive national award from the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists

April 22, 2016
Howard Burtnett
Howard Burtnett

Howard Burtnett, MHS, CRNA, clinical instructor and professor in the York College/WellSpan Health Nurse Anesthetist Program, has been named the Clinical Instructor of the Year for 2016 by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA).

Established in 1991, the national award is presented to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the teaching of nurse anesthesia students in the clinical area. It 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 anesthesiology and result in high-quality patient care. Burtnett will receive the award at the AANA Annual Meeting in September. 

“This is one of the major awards given by the AANA each year, and only one person in the entire United States receives it, so we are thrilled that it has been presented to someone who is so richly deserving of it,” said Richard Haas, PHD, CRNA, PHRN, program director of the York College/WellSpan Health Nurse Anesthetist Program.

A 1982 graduate of East Carolina University (BSN), Burtnett received his Master in Health Services degree from Texas Wesleyan University in 1987 and completed the United States Army Anesthesiology for Army Nurse Corps Officers program in 1988. During his 22-year Army career he held anesthesia faculty appointments from University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, and University of South Carolina.

He is employed by WellSpan Health and holds a faculty appointment at York College, teaching mainly junior and senior level courses. He maintains a practice of clinical anesthesia at WellSpan, where he is an asset as a clinical instructor. 

A private college located in southcentral Pennsylvania, York College offers more than 50 baccalaureate majors in professional programs, the sciences and humanities to its 4,600 undergraduate students. The College also offers master's programs in business, education and nursing, and a doctorate in nursing practice. York College students enjoy a high-quality education that emphasizes practical application and a community invested in their success. The College provides a personal plan to help students focus their passions and attain their goals so they are prepared for a lifetime of meaningful careers – ready to meet the challenges of their profession and feeling confident and proud of their achievements.

Contact:  Mary Dolheimer, assistant dean, Office of Communications

717-815-1584717-577-0810 (cell) or mdolheim@ycp.edu