2012 Nurses Organization of Veterans Affairs (NOVA) Roundtable

2012 Nurses Organization of Veterans Affairs (NOVA) Roundtable Meeting in Washington, DC

I wanted to update the membership on the NOVA Roundtable which occurred on February 17, 2012 in Washington, DC. AVANA was honored to have Sherry Swearingen CRNA, Garrett Peterson CRNA and Dave Polner CRNA attend.

This meeting brings together representatives from the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Vietnam Veterans of America, Veterans of Foreign Wars, America Nurses Association, Congressional and Senate staffers, as well as VA Central Office and members of several VA advisory committees. Staffing, budget, information technology, computer applications and legislation affecting nursing were presented. Each group or organization was given time to present issues specific to their area. One policy that was discussed and will have a definite impact on our practice is a change proposed to grant Licensed Independent Practice status. It is currently being researched and discussed at Central Office. We also presented information on educational support, staffing to cover the increase in out-of-department requirements and the projected retention/retirement of existing staff. All three of us came away from this meeting with an increase appreciation and knowledge of the effort put forth to deliver care to our veterans.

While in Washington, we took the opportunity to visit the AANA office and talk with Frank Purcell, Federal Political Director and Ann Walker-Jenkins, FPD staff on issues affecting AVANA, federal practice and anesthesia practice in general. This proved to be very enlightening. Please be assured, the Board of Directors is working very diligently to keep the membership informed and your practice as strong as possible.

Dave Polner CRNA, President of AVANA 2012-2013
Thank you for your support!

This meeting brings together representatives from the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Vietnam Veterans of America, Veterans of Foreign Wars, America Nurses Association, Congressional and Senate staffers, as well as VA Central Office and members of several VA advisory committees. Staffing, budget, information technology, computer applications and legislation affecting nursing were presented. Each group or organization was given time to present issues specific to their area. One policy that was discussed and will have a definite impact on our practice is a change proposed to grant Licensed Independent Practice status. It is currently being researched and discussed at Central Office. We also presented information on educational support, staffing to cover the increase in out-of-department requirements and the projected retention/retirement of existing staff. All three of us came away from this meeting with an increase appreciation and knowledge of the effort put forth to deliver care to our veterans.

While in Washington, we took the opportunity to visit the AANA office and talk with Frank Purcell, Federal Political Director and Ann Walker-Jenkins, FPD staff on issues affecting AVANA, federal practice and anesthesia practice in general. This proved to be very enlightening. Please be assured, the Board of Directors is working very diligently to keep the membership informed and your practice as strong as possible.

Dave Polner CRNA, President of AVANA 2012-2013
Thank you for your support!

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