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Vote for Angelarosa DiDonato for 2021 AANA Board of Directors


Integrity, Service, Determination

As members of the Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists (PANA), you play an important role in shaping the future of our profession.


On May 11-25, elect a leader who represents YOU.


Former PANA President Angelarosa DiDonato is running for a seat on the board of directors for the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA).


The online election will run May 11-25. (A member login is required). Vote here today!


You have a say in the future of your decision. Make sure your voice is heard. Vote Angela for AANA!

Why I’m Running for the AANA Board of Directors

I am honored and grateful to be nominated to run for the AANA Board of Directors. For the entirety of my nursing career, I have recognized the importance of being an advocate for my profession, my patients, and my peers.


For the last eight years, I have worked diligently with my colleagues on the PANA Board of Directors to forward the cause of CRNAs in Pennsylvania, to remove barriers to practice, to gain title designation, and to change regulations to reflect the reality of practice.


I have worked hard to build relationships with legislators and partnerships with other nursing organizations.


As a leader, I believe the needs of the membership are paramount to any agenda. As an educator, I believe it is my responsibility to provide my students with challenging learning opportunities and experiences. By helping our students be the best they can be, we are ensuring the continued strength, growth, and resilience of our profession.


As a member of the AANA Board, I would use my creativity, leadership, and skillset to fight for the recognition CRNAs deserve, to support our student membership, and advance the profession.


I hope I can count on your vote during the elections May 11-25.

Angela’s Qualifications



University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia, Pa.

Associate Program Director/Lecturer N, Nurse Anesthesia Program

May June 2018-Present


Society Hill Anesthesia Consultants, Philadelphia, Pa.

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, July 2011-Present


University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia, Pa.

Lecturer B/Simulation Faculty, July 2013-September 2017


Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa.

Registered Nurse: Surgical Trauma Intensive Care Unit, October 2006 – May 2009


Abington Memorial Hospital, Abington, Pa.

Registered Nurse Post-Anesthesia Care Unit, November 2001 – July 2007

Registered Nurse Emergency Trauma Center, September 2003 – September 2005

Registered Nurse Orthopedics, February 1998 – November 2001




Yale University, New Haven, Conn.

Doctor of Nursing Practice, 9/2015- 5/2018


Oxford University, Oxford, United Kingdom

Continuing Professional Development Centre: Human Factors, Teamwork, and Communication in Healthcare, 5/2014 (singular course, no degree conferred)


University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa.

Post-Master’s Certificate in Education, 2013-2014


Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa.

Performance Improvement in Action: Development of a pre-operative briefing initiative, Fall 2013


University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa.

Master of Science in Nursing, 05/2009-05/2011


Gwynedd-Mercy College, Gwynedd Valley, Pa.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Summa Cum Laude, 10/2004-01/2007


Community College of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa.

Associate in Applied Science, Nursing, 09/1995-05/1997



Jonas Scholar, 2016-2018

AANA Doctoral Fellow, 2017-2018

AANA Member

Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists:

  • President, 2019-2020

  • President-Elect, 2018-2019

  • Vice-President, 2016-2017

  • Board Trustee, 2012-2016 (Chair of the Programs Committee, 2014-present, Member of Wellness and PR Committee, Student Speaker at the Spring Symposium of the Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists April 2010)

Sigma Theta Tau: Inducted 2006 (Iota Kappa, Xi Chapter)

American Association of Critical Care Nurses, 8/2006-2016

Received the Nursing Excellence Award Abington Memorial Hospital 5/2006




Pennsylvania Association of Pacu Nurses: Enhanced Recovery After Surgery: Changing the Way We’ve Always Done It October 6, 2018 Hershey, PA


Poster Presentation: Sigma Theta Tau International: Utilizing Simulation to Improve Communication and Collaboration in Intra-Professional Nursing Teams. Co-author with Aleaha Peoples. July 30, 2017 Dublin, Ireland


Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists: Social Media in Nursing: Opportunities and Challenges May 6, 2016, Hershey, PA


Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists: Substance People: Communication in the Operating Room May 6, 2010 Hershey, PA

Diversity &


Angela is committed to increasing diversity and inclusion throughout the profession. As part of her work, she has regularly shined a light on these issues as part of the regular podcast she records as part of her role at University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in Philadelphia, where she lectures in the Nurse Anesthesia Program.

Listen to some of her select podcasts here:
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Season 3 Episode 06: Donte Flanagan
Amplify Nursing


On our next episode of Amplify Nursing, we talk with Dr. Donte Flanagan. A nurse anesthetist, mentor, and author, Dr. Flanagan is a driven advocate for students of color and those underrepresented and looks to inspire and motivate them in all that he does. Through his foundation Bigger Dreams, Better Tomorrows, and in his new memoir, Dream Big, he shares his experiences with others. Today we talk with him about those dreams, his peripatetic path in the profession, and the importance of representation in healthcare.

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Special Episode: Dr. Lisa Lewis
Amplify Nursing

On an important special episode of Amplify Nursing we talk with Dr. Lisa Lewis, Associate Professor of Nursing and Associate Professor in the Department of Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, as well and the Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusivity at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing. Dr. Lewis’ research centers around health equity and health disparities, and she uses that research as a way to advocate and provide a voice for Black patients. As a mentor and educator, she focuses on preparing student nurses to care for this country’s increasingly diverse patient populations. We talk with Dr. Lewis about racism, health inequity, and social justice. Speaking truth to power, she discusses what this means from the nursing perspective, the influence the nursing profession could have to leverage the fight against racial inequity, and what anti-racism nursing might look like.

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Special Episode: Coronavirus 8: Dr. Sascha James-Conterelli
Amplify Nursing

COVID-19: This week on our next special COVID19 episode of AmplifyNursing we speak with Dr. Sascha James-Conterelli. Whether leading the NY state association of Licensed midwives or teaching at the Yale School of Nursing, Dr James-Conterelli is bringing to light racial disparities in maternal morbidity and mortality. As co-chair of Gov Cuomo’s maternal morbidity and racial disparity task force, she is using her experience to create policy change at a state and national level. We talk with her about her policy work, the added challenges COVID-19 is placing on marginalized communities, and the need to be optimistic about the future.


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