By Erica Techo
The Alabama Association of Nurse Anesthetists has recognized University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing Associate Professor and Nurse Anesthesia DNP Pathway Director Susan McMullan, PhD, CRNA, CNE, CHSE, for her contributions to nurse anesthesia.
ALANA presented McMullan with the Outstanding Advocacy and Service to the CRNA Profession Award at its September 2021 conference, recognizing her work toward advancing the association and the nurse anesthesia profession.
“I am humbled to have received this award. I am so proud to be a nurse anesthetist, and always work diligently to do my best to advocate for this great profession.”
McMullan is actively involved in nurse anesthesia. She is serving a second term on the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists Board of Directors, has received more than $50,000 in research funding from the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology and more than $500,000 in Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship Health Resources and Services Administration grant funding since her arrival to UAB in 2015.
McMullan is also a mentor and instructor in the Leadership Excel and Achievement Program (LEAP)—a pilot program designed to optimize the diversity of the nurse anesthesia workforce. The UAB School of Nursing is also the only nurse anesthesia program in the state to participate in this program.