Larry Hornsby and Fred LupienUAB School of Nursing alumni Alfred Lupien, CRNA, PhD, FAAN, and Larry Hornsby, CRNA, were each nationally recognized at the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) annual meeting in Las Vegas for their outstanding contributions to the field of nurse anesthesia. Lupien received the Program Director of the Year award for his significant impact on nurse anesthesia education, and Hornsby was named the 2013 recipient of the Agatha Hodgins Award for Outstanding Accomplishment for his exceptional achievements in furthering the art and science of nurse anesthesia.

Director of the Nurse Anesthesia program at Mount Marty College, Lupien has more than 30-years’ experience in nurse anesthesia. He has previously worked as a clinician, simulation consultant, educator and director of three nurse anesthesia programs. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and was recognized as a Visionary Leader by the UAB School of Nursing.

Senior Executive Vice President of AmSol LLC, Hornsby acts as a leader, mentor and entrepreneur in the field of nurse anesthesia. His 30-year career has made him an expert in the field. In 1991, Hornsby founded Anesthesia Professionals Inc., one of the first CRNA-owned anesthesia management groups in the state. Hornsby also served as the first AANA president of the 21st century, leading nurse anesthetists into the new millennium with a keen focus on quality, skills and safety records.

The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) was founded in 1931 as a professional association. AANA Membership has reached nearly 47,000, representing 90 percent of the nation’s nurse anesthetists. The organization actively promotes education and practice standards and guidelines, and affords consultation to both practice and governmental entities regarding nurse anesthetists and their practice. The AANA provides education and research grants to students, faculty and practicing CRNAs throughout the nation.