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Developing Leaders for Elected Office (1.25 Class A CE)

Monday, September 24
4:15 PM - 5:30 PM
Location: Room 312, Hynes

No CRNAs are currently serving in elected office at State levels or higher. Following this presentation, CRNAs will learn reasons why they should run for public office and above.

Learning Objectives:

Sharon P. Pearce, MSN, CRNA

Staff CRNA
Carolina Anesthesia
Garner, North Carolina

Ms. Pearce chaired the Government Relations Committee of the AANA in 2009-2010, and has been a registered lobbyist for a number of years with legislative involvement for over 16 years. She has served as the Region 2 Director, Vice President, President Elect, and President of the AANA. Sharon was unsuccessful in her bid for the NC State House in 2016. The anesthesiologists opened a super PAC and funded it in excess of a quarter of a million dollars against her candidacy.


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Debbie Barber, DNP, CRNA

Triple Crown Anesthesia
Louisville , Kentucky

Debbie Barber, DNP, CRNA

Debbie Barber has been a nurse anesthetist for over 25 years. She is the owner of Triple Crown Anesthesia in Louisville, KY. Dr. Barber has served many positions on the Kentucky Association of Nurse Anesthetists Board of Directors, including President in 2012. She served on the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Board of Directors from 2014-2016 as Region 2 Director. Dr. Barber currently teaches part time at Northern Kentucky University in the Nurse Anesthesia program and teaches Healthcare Policy and Economics to graduate nursing students. She ran for State Representative in the 36th district of Kentucky in 2014.


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