Frank Maziarski, CRNA, BSN, MS, CLNC has excelled in every aspect of his nursing career. He first received his Diploma in Nursing from Creed­moor State Hospital School of Nursing in Long Island New York. Frank then received his Diploma in Anesthesia from Albany Medical Center in Albany New York. He then went on to receive both his Bache­lors and Masters in Nursing from the Univer­sity of Nebraska in Omaha.

Frank is a shining example to any nurse on how to lead a long and illus­trious career in nursing. First as a clinical practi­tioner, he was the second Certi­fied Regis­tered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) to receive an Officer’s Commis­sion into the U.S. Army Nurse Corps. He then proved his heroism by his distin­guished service in the Viet Nam war, providing anesthesia in the combat zone. He then became an instructor in the Army School of Nurse Anesthesia, and then a Course Director.

After retiring from the Army, Frank continued his role as an educator, becoming director of the School of Nurse Anesthesia in Nebraska. After 10 years in that position, he then followed an oppor­tu­nity to return to the Pacific North­west, his chosen home. As Frank has often remarked, while he was born in New York, his heart is in the Northwest.

Taking a position at the Univer­sity of Washington as a staff CRNA in 1987, Frank helped train many of the MD anesthe­si­ology residents, who came to highly regard his vast clinical acumen. All the while he was contributing to his profes­sion via submis­sions to scien­tific journals on the art and science of anesthesia.

Progressing on his path from clini­cian to educator, Frank spread his net wider and devel­oped his role in public service as a patient advocate, the nursing profes­sion, and nurse anesthesia. Frank has been a member of WSNA since 1991, and has been active with both the WSNA Legisla­tive Committee and the Washington State Nurses Founda­tion. Frank also served o the ARNP United Execu­tive Committee as well as their Legisla­tive Committee.

Frank served on the Board of the Washington Associ­a­tion of Nurse Anesthetists for many years, becoming Presi­dent in 1993. He was one of the first members of the National Patient Safety Founda­tion and also served on the Board of the Council on Public Interest in Anesthesia. From 1997 to 2004, Frank was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Washington Nursing Care Quality Assur­ance Commis­sion where he was elected twice as the Chairman of the Nursing Commission.

Frank’s talents and aspira­tions then took him to the national arena where he was elected Regional Director for the American Associ­a­tion of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA), then Vice Presi­dent, and finally in 2004, he was elected Presi­dent of AANA. During his tenure as Presi­dent of AANA, Frank put into place many programs that will affect CRNAs and their patients for many years to come. Of partic­ular note was his creation of the AANA’s new Wellness Program, memori­al­izing one of their fallen leaders while at the same time providing for the health and saving the lives of many CRNAs.

Frank’s contri­bu­tions to the Washington Associ­a­tion of Nurse Anesthetists over his profes­sional career and his tenure on the Nursing Care Quality Assur­ance Commis­sion went above and beyond the duty required of any profes­sional. Not content to simply serve, he spent count­less hours working with his peers and other stake­holders to improve the quality of his profes­sion. Always a thoughtful decision maker, he never shied away from contro­versy, proving a calm harbor in the often stormy seas of Washington State politics.

Frank is a pioneer in expanding the role for men in nursing. He is a shining example to all men who contem­plate a lifelong career in nursing. His long career as an educator has directly guaran­teed the progress of our profes­sion by producing hundreds of quality gradu­ates. As an admin­is­trator of educa­tional programs, Frank helped develop curricula moving nursing anesthesia educa­tion to a Master’s level, guaran­teeing the success of our profes­sion. Frank has truly distin­guished himself at all levels of the nursing profession.