This photograph was taken by Russ Lynn and turned into several large canvases that were later raffled by the AANA Foundation to support their scholarship fund. The flower is known as “Russ’s Lily” because he took the photo during a foundation event.

The Russ Lynn Memorial Lecture Series provides a platform to support graduate nurse anesthesia residents by offering a venue to present their research and doctoral projects to the state membership. Each year, NJANA features these student presentations during their Fall and Spring meetings.

NJANA created the lecture series to honor the legacy of Russell “Russ” Lynn, an educator and leader who was a fervent advocate for students and CRNA’s.

A graduate of the Temple University/Pennsylvania Hospital School of Nurse Anesthesia in 2001, he went on to become the University of Pennsylvania Nurse Anesthesia Program Director. He was passionate about his students and his program. A lifelong learner he was in pursuit of his Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania where he was named a Jonas Scholar.

He also held several key positions on the NJANA Board of Directors from 2005-2012 including President-elect (2007-2008), President (2008-2010), and Treasurer (2010-2012). He served the AANA on the National Board for the Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists, was an item writer for the SEE exam and an on-site reviewer for the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Programs.

Russ Lynn was highly respected and well-loved by all who worked alongside him and by the students who had the privilege of learning from him. The Russ Lynn Memorial Lecture series was created as way to both fulfill his dreams and as a way to continue to lead the way in student advocacy. This effort has been recognized nationally by the AANA leadership.

Click here to read an AANA Article about Russ Lynn who was honored posthumously with the AANA Foundation’s 2015 Advocate of the Year Award.

Fall 2021 Virtual Conference Presentations

Using Dexmedetomidine to Facilitate Opioid Sparing Anesthesia

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Claire Latourette, BSN, RN, CCRN, RRNA
Casey Tillman, BSN, RN, CCRN, RRNA

Dexmedetomidine Badge Buddy

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Claire Latourette, BSN, RN, CCRN, RRNA
Casey Tillman, BSN, RN, CCRN, RRNA

Can Education Foster Self-Awareness in Nurse Anesthesia Residents? Identifying Traits, Tendencies, and Characteristics to Reduce Population Prevalence of Substance Use Disorder

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Michael Konstantinovsky BSN, RN, CCRN, RRNA

Interdisciplinary Collaboration Between CRNAs and Dental Practitioners

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Samantha Calhoun, DNP(c), BSN, CCRN

Luisa Villamil, DNP(c), BSN, CCRN

Current Russ Lynn Memorial Presentations Spring 2021

Faculty Advisor: Thomas Pallaria, DNP, APN, CRNA

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From Intra-Op to Instagram: Increasing Public Awareness in Nurse Anesthesia Utilizing a Structured Social Media Platform.

Miriam Lapin, BSN, CCRN, RRNA
Sonja Schwartzbach, BSN, CCRN, RRNA

Utilizing a Pediatric Emergency Drug Sheet to Enhance Clinical Preparedness and Self-Efficacy in Medication Administration.

Martha Renteria, BSN, CCRN, RRNA
Arianna Sinkovich, BSN, CCRN, RRNA

Anesthesia Grand Rounds. Enhancing Long-Term Knowledge Retention of Clinical Information.

Julia Abad, BSN, CCRN, RRNA
Gretchen Hafner, BSN, CCRN, RRNA