Newswise — Bernadette Henrichs, PhD, CRNA, CCRN, a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA), from St. Louis, Mo. will receive the Program Director of the Year Award during the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) Annual Congress, September 8-12, 2017 in Seattle, Wash. 

 “I am extremely humbled by the acknowledgement of the work that goes into developing and maintaining a top-tier nurse anesthesia program,” said Bernadette Henrichs.  “This award represents the pinnacle of my journey as a nurse anesthesia program director.”

 A CRNA for 23 years, Henrichs is a leader in nurse anesthesia education.  She has published multiple studies on the use of simulation for teaching. Her research on the topic of intraoperative magnetic resonance imaging for neurosurgery and obstructive sleep apnea has been used for continuing education credit by the AANA Journal.  Most recently, she co-authored the second edition of “A Resource for Nurse Anesthesia Educators,” published by the AANA.  Henrichs is the program director for the Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College, Nurse Anesthesia Graduate Program, which she started in 2004.  


  • Doctorate of philosophy in educational studies from Saint Louis University.
  • Nurse Anesthesia certificate from Washington University School of Medicine
  • Master’s degree in nursing research from Saint Louis University.
  • Bachelor’s degree in nursing from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, Ill, and an Associate’s degree in nursing from Kaskaskia College in Centralia, Ill.


Program Director of the Year Award

 The Program Director of the Year Award, established in 1991, is presented to a CRNA who has made significant contribution as a program director to the educational process of student nurse anesthetists. The award 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 anesthesia and result in high-quality patient care.



About the AANA

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 52,000 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.


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