Recent Articles

Annual Board Meeting

Nov 17, 2019

Your BoD met and teleconferenced from the business office for the annual meeting in Columbus, Ohio. One even braving the cold from Florida. The meeting was very successful and all of the agenda was covered. There is a lot of excitement and energy coming from the board surrounding the much- anticipated Directive 1123. The schedule […]

Sharing the Knowledge

Jun 9, 2019

by Diane Boettger, 8/9/2019 I was listening to a recent interview in which the speaker made a comment – “What good is knowledge if it is not shared with others?”  It got me to thinking about how our organization’s mission of education and networking to advance the betterment of nurse anesthesia  practice within the VA is really […]

VA Microsoft Home Use Program Benefit

Dec 2, 2019

As part of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) new Enterprise Agreement negotiated by the Austin Automation Center and Microsoft Corp., two new benefits have been included, the Home Use Program (HUP) and Employee Purchase Program (EPP). The HUP allows a covered VA employee to obtain a licensed copy of Microsoft Office to install and […]

New VA Directive 1123

Nov 17, 2019

AVANA worked hard for years on this one – for you! Below are the correspondences leading to the new governing document for anesthesia practice in the VHA system. Compare for yourself. As a reminder, VHA Handbooks and Directives are mandatory Department of Veterans Affairs policy, as outlined in VA Directive 0999. If you are having […]

AANA Alert: Medicare Executive Order

Oct 14, 2019

As you may have recently seen, President Trump signed an executive order (#13890) on “Protecting and Improving Medicare for Our Nation’s Seniors” last week. The order contains several important requirements that could positively affect CRNA practice. The AANA is actively engaging with the administration, agencies, stakeholders, and lawmakers as they move forward to implement rulemaking that […]

Save the Date!

AVANA Annual Education Meeting will be held on May 14-17, 2020 in San Antonio, TX at the Marriott Plaza

About AVANA

The Association of Veterans Affairs Nurse Anesthetists (AVANA) is a voluntary, professional organization dedicated to VA CRNAs. Our mission is to provide quality and safe anesthesia to our Veterans, and help CRNAs reach their maximum potential through education and federal representation.

Become a Member

The Association of Veterans Affairs Nurse Anesthetists is the voluntary, professional organization of certified registered nurse anesthetists employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs. It’s the only professional association devoted solely to VA CRNAs. You’ll gain effective representation at the federal level.

Education & Scholarships

The Association of Veteran’s Affairs Nurse Anesthetists (AVANA), Board of Directors and Scholarship Committee have created a new leadership development opportunity for Student Nurse Anesthetists (SRNAs), the AVANA Leadership Project for SRNAs (ALPS). This program was started in fiscal year 2013/2014.

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