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Goodman earns national award
for outstanding teaching

November 2004

Lt. Col. Paula Goodman, CRNA
More than 460 active duty certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) are stationed around the world administering safe, quality anesthesia care to people in need, including those serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Lt. Col. Paula Goodman, CRNA, is responsible for training many of those Air Force CRNAs. Lt. Col. Goodman served as director of Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Training for the Uniformed Services University Graduate School of Nurse Anesthesia at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio from 1998 until 2004. She retired Aug. 1 after 20 years of service in the U.S. Air Force.

Recently, the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) named Lt. Col. Goodman as its 2004 Clinical Instructor of the Year. The AANA established the award in 1991 to recognize individuals who have made a significant contribution to the clinical teaching of nurse anesthesia students. Lt. Col. Goodman is the first U.S. Air Force CRNA to receive the award.

"The challenge of mentoring and educating military nurse anesthesia students has been a great honor," Lt. Col. Goodman said. "Being able to contribute to the education of graduates who can safely and independently provide general and regional anesthesia in peaceful, humanitarian and war zone environments drives home the importance of what I do every day."

According to the AANA, Lt. Col. Goodman is one of the single-most-influential nurse anesthesia clinical instructors in the U.S. Air Force. She has mentored more than 150 current and former students. Lt. Col. Goodman also developed four new clinical training agreements with area health care facilities. These have doubled the volume of trauma, pediatric and obstetric specialty experiences her students receive. All of her students have passed the certification exam on their first attempt and now practice anesthesia across the globe.

Lt. Col. Goodman earned her M.S.N. in medical surgical nursing in 1989 and her M.S.N. in nurse anesthesia in 1991 from the Joint Air Force Graduate Program of Nurse Anesthesia at the Health Science Center. She earned a B.S.N. from the University of Delaware and her R.N. from the Macqueen Gibbs Willis School of Nursing in Easton, Md.


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