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Dahlen Named AANA Didactic Instructor of the Year for 2014


Published Date5\8\2014
The Mount Marty College nurse anesthesia program recently learned that Dr. Larry Dahlen, Associate Professor of Nurse Anesthesia, has been selected as the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists' (AANA) Didactic Instructor of the Year for 2014.

The Didactic Instructor of the Year Award, established in 1991, is presented to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the education of student nurse anesthetists in the classroom. This 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 anesthesiology and result in high quality patient care.

In order to be considered, individuals must have made significant contributions to the profession of nurse anesthesia, be recognized as an outstanding educator, have served as a mentor for faculty and nurse anesthesia students, be recognized as a professional role model, have participated in professional activities related to a nurse anesthesia program (e.g., committees) and have actively supported CRNAs.

Director and Professor of Nurse Anesthesia, Alfred Lupien, feels that Dahlen is very deserving of this award. "When one considers that each of the country's 114 nurse anesthesia programs employs five to ten professors of all disciplines to teach their students, this award illustrates how special an honor it is to be designated as the profession's number one classroom teacher. Our students are extremely fortunate to be able to work with Dr. Dahlen on a daily basis."

Dr. Dahlen has been a certified registered nurse anesthetist since 1978 and an instructor with the Mount Marty College program since 1994. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, a master of science from the University of North Dakota, and a bachelor of science in nursing from Moorhead State University.

Please visit www.mtmc.edu/msna/ for more information on the Mount Marty College nurse anesthesia program.