School Awarded AANA Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing was recently awarded support for a two-year, full-time, in-residence postdoctoral fellowship by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) Foundation for a health services research topic related to anesthetic operative phenomena.

“The AANA Foundation is providing this support at an important time in health care delivery,” said Ann Minnick, PhD, RN, FAAN, Julia Eleanor Chenault Professor of Nursing and senior associate dean of Research for Vanderbilt University School of Nursing.  “We are honored to be chosen for this fellowship and look forward to the high-impact research it produces.”

This is the first time the AANA Foundation has offered a post-doctoral fellowship of any kind to a university, and the first time a Foundation fellowship is available to doctoral nurse researchers whether or not they are certified nurse anesthetists.

“We are aggressively funding this effort to conduct health services research and it made sense to turn to Vanderbilt that has an excellent track record in this arena,” said Lorraine Jordan, PhD, CRNA, CAE, FAAN, AANA Foundation chief executive officer.  “We have opened it up to a larger cadre of individuals that are interested in doing this type of research, specifically in nursing, who have the forte to understand what advanced practice nurses do – particularly those in anesthesia.”

The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Foundation is a charitable organization devoted to anesthesia research, education and development.  During its 30-year history, the Foundation has awarded more than $3 million to more than 2,800 individuals through scholarships, fellowships and research grants.

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing’s Post-Doctoral program enables fellows to extend knowledge in their research area, conduct interdisciplinary research projects and establish peer networks.  For more information on the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) Foundation Health Services Research Postdoctoral Fellowship, visit: