Diversity and Inclusion

Global Volunteerism for Nurse Anesthetists (1.25 Class A CE)

Monday, September 24
4:15 PM - 5:30 PM
Location: Ballroom A, Hynes

There is significant disparity in terms of reliable access to safe anesthesia in resource-scarce countries. Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) is continuously receiving requests from international universities and health institutions to collaborate in the training of nurse anesthetists. The primary limiting factor in HVO's ability to support additional institutions is insufficient volunteer capacity. Sharing the activities and impact of HVO's anesthesia program with the AANA community will serve to increase awareness about the need and opportunities that exist to participate in international volunteerism through HVO.

Learning Objectives:

Shawn Bryant Collins, PhD, DNP, CRNA

Chair, HVO Nurse Anesthesia Overseas Steering Committee
Health Volunteers Overseas
Mills River, North Carolina

Over the last 12 years Dr. Collins has lectured nationally and internationally (Madrid, Spain; Waterloo, Sierra Leone; Buea, Cameroon; Bere, Chad; Koro, Palau; Phnom Penh, Cambodia; and Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam) on continuing education of nurse anesthetists in developing countries, evidence-based practice, and emotional intelligence. He is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA), and the International Federation of Nurse Anesthetists. Dr. Collins also chairs the nurse anesthesia steering committee for Health Volunteers Overseas.
Dr. Collins currently serves on the NBCRNA Continuing Professional Certification Examination Committee, the AANA Continuing Education Committee, and has served as an advanced education nursing grant reviewer for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Bureau of Health Professions. Dr. Collins has published multiple peer-reviewed articles and is first author of a chapter in the current edition of Nurse Anesthesia (Hepatobiliary anesthesia) and a chaper on Nurse Anesthesia Admissions in the Nurse Anesthesia Educators text. He currently resides in Mills River, North Carolina.

Dr. Collins is currently the director of the WCU anesthesia program, having fulfilled roles as faculty, assistant director and then director.
He also has served as the Interim Associate Dean for the WCU College of Health and Human Sciences, a role he held for two years, and Interim Associate Director of the School of Nursing, a role he served in for 3 years.


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Richard A. Henker, PhD, CRNA, FAAN

University of Pittsburgh
Glenshaw, PA

Dr. Henker is a Professor in the Department of Nurse Anesthesia at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. Dr. Henker’s research focuses on genomics related to postoperative pain and malignant hyperthermia. In addition to teaching in the classroom and clinical settings, Dr. Henker uses simulation methods for teaching at the Winter Institute for Simulation, Education and Research. Dr. Henker is currently the AANA representative to the G4 Alliance, a group that advocates for improved access to anesthesia and surgical care in low and middle-income countries. He has coordinated the development of nurse anesthesia programs through Health Volunteers Overseas in Belize, Cambodia, Lao, and Bhutan. Dr. Henker practices as a nurse anesthetist at UPMC-Presbyterian, Angkor Hospital for Children, Lao Friends Hospital for Children and Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital.


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April Pinner, MSPH, RD

Director of Program Design and Evaluation
Health Volunteers Overseas

April Pinner, MSPH, RD has worked at HVO since 2009 and currently serves as Director of Program Design and Evaluation. In 2015, Ms Pinner became credentialed as a Registered Dietitian and received her Master’s of Science in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University. Prior to working at HVO, Ms Pinner served for two years as a US Peace Corps Volunteer in Namibia.


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