by Representative Richard Hudson

of north carolina

in the house of representatives

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Mr. HUDSON. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor my constituent, Sharon
P. Pearce, CRNA, MSN, of Lexington, North Carolina. Ms. Pearce’s term
as president of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)
will soon come to an end.
Throughout her presidency at the AANA, Ms. Pearce has been a strong
advocate for patient safety and the practice of nurse anesthesia. She
has worked tirelessly to advance policies that modernize the industry
and meet the unique needs of patients. Ms. Pearce has also been a vocal
advocate for veterans’ access to quality healthcare.
Ms. Pearce has served as a CRNA for more than 20 years and has made
great contributions to the healthcare system in North Carolina. She has
demonstrated a lifelong commitment to professional development having
received her Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia from the University
of North Carolina at Greensboro, a Certificate in Nurse Anesthesia from
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, a Bachelor of Science in
Nursing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and an
Associate Degree in Nursing from Davidson County Community College.
Ms. Pearce has been an active member of numerous AANA committees and
has previously served in AANA leadership positions including President-
Elect, Vice President, and Region 2 Director. She has even served as
President of the North Carolina Association of Nurse Anesthetists. Ms.
Pearce produced the AANA Public Relations award winning video, “The
Best Kept Secret in Healthcare,” and is nationally recognized as a
distinguished speaker on anesthesia topics.
Equally as impressive to her leadership in her official capacity as
a CRNA has been her involvement in philanthropic endeavors. Among other
charitable acts, Ms. Pearce has served on the board of directors for
the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, where she started and led a
“Walk to Cure Diabetes” that raised nearly $500,000 for research.
Mr. Speaker, please join me today in honoring Sharon P. Pearce,
CRNA, MSN, for her notable career and her esteemed service as the most
recent president of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.

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