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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 […]


Jan 13, 2020

VHA Central Office Redesign and Town Hall InviteJanuary 09, 2020 I am excited to share that Secretary Wilkie has approved plans to redesign VHA Central Office (VHACO). Our goal is to more efficiently support facilities across VHA to improve care to Veterans. It has taken more than a year to develop a design that best […]

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 […]

We've Moved!

Effective January 1, 2020, the AVANA office has moved to 400 W. Wilson Bridge Road, Ste. 120, Worthington, OH  43085

Please make sure to update your records and send any forms and/or payments to this address. 

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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.

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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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