|FORT WORTH, TX—Dru Riddle, PhD, DNP, CRNA, FAAN, of Fort Worth, TX, recently took office as the 2023-2024 President of the nearly 61,000-member American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA), headquartered in Rosemont, IL, with more than 4,700 members in the State of Texas.
Riddle previously served as the President of the Texas Association of Nurse Anesthetists (TxANA), a state association representing Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) with a mission to advance patient safety and the profession of nurse anesthesia in Texas.
“It is a great honor to continue my work serving fellow CRNAs and nurse anesthesia residents nationwide,” Riddle said. “CRNAs are among the Nation’s most trusted professions and are critical in providing patients safe and easy access to anesthesia wherever and whenever they need it.”
James Stockman, MSNA, CRNA, NSPM-C, President of TxANA, extended his congratulations to Riddle, eager to see Texas values well represented at the national level.
“Dr. Riddle’s servant leadership and passion for our profession have been made apparent during the years he served on TxANA’s Board of Directors and various committees,” Stockman said. “TxANA wishes him the best as he leads AANA. His passion has inspired me and many others to become more involved in advocating for our profession.”
In addition to his leadership roles, Riddle is an Associate Professor of Professional Practice in Nurse Anesthesia at Texas Christian University (TCU). For more than twelve years, Riddle has provided guidance, education, and mentoring to nursing students in the largest graduate education program at TCU.
Riddle created and now leads an extensive network of affiliates that advance translational research and evidence implementation to inform health policy and practice internationally with such groups as the World Health Organization and the International Council of Nurses.
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Advancing patient safety and the profession of nurse anesthesia, the Texas Association of Nurse Anesthetists (TxANA) was founded on Aug. 9, 1974. Its goals include facilitating cooperation between nurse anesthetists and the healthcare profession, hospitals, providers, and other agencies interested in anesthesia. The membership is limited to Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and nurse anesthesia students who are also American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) members.