CRNA Advocate of the Year Award

We are seeking nominations for NANA’s 2018 CRNA Advocate of the Year Award. This award was created last year and presented for the first time last spring to Sara Theoharis. 

Please submit names of members you think should be considered, including any information or qualifications, to the NANA office by March 19 ( 

If you have any questions, please contact the NANA office, or 402/476-3852.


To recognize an individual who has made significant contributions to the profession as an advocate for the interests of Nebraska CRNAs and their patients.


The award is intended to recognize individuals who have demonstrated advocacy in one or more of the following ways:

  • Developed and maintained productive relationships with elected federal or state lawmakers or candidates for federal and state political offices;
  • Informed and educated legislators, regulators, or candidates about CRNA policy positions;
  • Actively participated in political activities (fundraising, campaigning, etc.) on behalf of candidates;
  • Supported the association’s Political Action Committee;
  • Supported CRNA political  or public relations objectives or initiatives;
  • Promoted the profession to patients,  hospital administrators, or other key target audiences through public relations, networking, or community service;
  • Advocated for the profession and patients by serving on regulatory boards;
  • Promoted the profession by actively supporting, educating, and encouraging students or contributing to the professional development of CRNAs;
  • Advanced the profession through research or publication.


The award is intended, but not required, to be awarded annually.  Award recipients do not need to be CRNAs or members of NANA.

Selection process

Nominations may be made by any NANA member or by the Board of Directors.  Nominations shall be solicited at least annually during the first quarter of the calendar year. The President shall appoint an award selection committee to review and evaluate nominations and select an award recipient, if appropriate.  If a recipient is selected, the award should be presented during the business meeting at the NANA Spring Conference.