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2020 Nominations

May 19, 2020

Director At-Large Patrick McElhone, CRNA Eastern Region Director Johnny Gayden, CRNA Western Region Director Nancy Christiano, DNAP, CRNA

In Memoriam: Bonnie Winters

Apr 16, 2020

BONNIE WINTERS COLLINS, 79 of Parker, Colorado passed away on Friday, April 10, 2020. She was born Bonnie Jean Tomlinson in Chicago, Illinois on November 20, 1940 to Albert E. Tomlinson and Violet L. Tomlinson (née Smith). She graduated from Vallejo High School, California in 1958, where she was a member of the Hospital Service […]

VA Pittsburgh PTSD/Emergence Delirium Training and Response Team: Gears of Government Award Winner 2020

Apr 9, 2020

Congratulations to the VA Pittsburgh PTSD/Emergence Delirium Training and Response Team for winning the 2020 Gears of Government Award. The Gears of Government Awards Program recognizes individuals and teams across the Federal workforce whose dedication supports exceptional delivery of key outcomes for the American people, specifically: Mission Results, Customer Service, and Accountable Stewardship. The team […]

VA Critical Care RNs- Become a CRNA! VA CRNA Educational Opportunity

Apr 9, 2020

The VA is pleased to announce that the VA/Army collaborative effort to educate VA Critical Care Nurses to become Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA) through the Employee Incentive Scholarship Program (EISP) pilot project is soliciting applications for the upcoming 2021 cycle.  This is a wonderful upward mobility opportunity for VA ICU nurses to join the […]

FREE MAT Training; Waiver to Prescribe If You Get Prescriptive Authority

Mar 13, 2020

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is offering MAT Training for free! The following courses are being offered: MAT: Medications for Addiction Treatment/Substance Use Disorders 16 Hour Waiver Training 16.0 Pharmacology Contact Hours***If you would like to register for the 16 hour course, please click HERE! Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT): 8-Hour Waiver Training8.0 Pharmacology Contact HoursTo […]

CANCELLED – AVANA Annual Meeting

Mar 3, 2020

Meeting Update – March 12, 2020 As news of the COVID-19 Coronavirus continues to dominate conversation and news cycles, the AVANA board and Annual Meeting planning committee are taking precautions to keep our membership safe. In order to reduce exposure, we feel it would be in the organization’s best interest to limit gatherings of large […]


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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Star Award

Oct 8, 2019

Front: Dr. Palm, Kara Morningstar DNP, CRNA, Jeremy Anderson CRNA, Eric Swanlund II DNP, CRNA, Jill Lange CRNA, Kristin Doan DNP, CRNA, Dr. Trillos, Dr. Webber, Dr. Apostolidou (Chief Anesthesiologist), Back: Dr. Tolly, Mr. Kelly Minneapolis Director, Garrett Peterson DNP, CRNA, Dr Waly, Thomas Rubenzer CRNA (Chief CRNA), Dr. Rocha, Dr. Santilli, (Chief of Surgical […]

Potpourri Procedures (not necessarily Anesthesia at the VA-related)

Jul 4, 2019

If you are not at the VHA and want to see the below videos, check on this page on how to get remote access. Physical Exam Larynx and Pharynx Fundoscopic/retina, Otoscopy and Ceremen Removal Extremity: Hand/Wrist, Shoulder, Knee, Peripheral Arterial Disease Lower Extremities 1, Peripheral Arterial Disease 2 GI/GU: Rectal, Pelvic Other Procedures Cardiac: Cardioversion, […]

Regional and Neuraxial Anesthesia Procedure Videos

Jul 4, 2019

If you are not at the VHA and want to see the below videos, check on this page on how to get remote access. General Topics Ultrasound Guided Regional Anesthesia Introduction and Overview Lipid Rescue for Local Anesthetic Systemic Toxicity (LAST) Bier Block (Intravenous Regional Anesthesia) Regional Anatomy Gross: Neck/Upper extremity 1, Neck/Upper Extremity 2, […]

Procedure Video References

Jul 4, 2019

If you are not at the VHA and want to see the below videos, check on this page on how to get remote access. Airway Management Ventilation and Preoxygenation Bag Mask Ventilation 1, Bag Mask Ventilation 2, Bag Mask Ventilation 3 Noninvasive Postive-Pressure Ventilation Supraglottic Devices and Airway Adjuncts Supraglottic Device Overview, LMA Insertion Overview […]

VA Congressional Fellowship Program

Jun 24, 2019

Program Description Here The Department is seeking highly motivated VA employees to work in the Capitol Hill office of a Member of Congress or with a congressional committee.  Successful candidates will begin working on Capitol Hill during January 2020.  The ideal candidate is an employee who meets the eligibility criteria and works in the Washington, […]

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 announces access standards for health care

Jun 9, 2019

Strengthening VA Health Care Today, our Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Robert Wilkie, announced proposed access standards for Veteran community care as part of VA’s efforts to implement the VA MISSION Act.  Improving access standards is one of the many steps VA has and will continue to take to ensure that we are providing the best health care […]

Congratulations to our 2019 ALPS Recipients!

Apr 24, 2019

Ana Gonzalez Ana R. Gonzalez is a third year Student Registered Nurse Anesthetist at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville who is committed to joining forces with fellow SRNAs and CRNAs to bring a unique voice and perspective to advocate for the nurse anesthesia profession, and to bring justice for our nation’s veterans and minority groups. […]

Join Us at Mid Year Assembly!

Mar 21, 2019

When: April 06 – 10, 2019Location:Grand Hyatt Washington The AANA Mid-Year Assembly is designed to prepare nurse anesthetists to effectively advocate on Capitol Hill for protecting and advancing CRNA practice and reimbursement. AVANA will be there to support their efforts, and also to meet with members of Congress to advocate for VA CRNAs.

2019 Nominations

Mar 18, 2019

President Elect Rishelle Zhou, MSN, LL.B., CRNA Secretary Justin Fulkerson, LT, MSN, DNP, ACNP-BC, CRNA Shantall L. Strozier, DNAP CRNA Treasurer Michael Accordino, CRNA Central Region Director Rebecca Feldmann, CRNA Southern Regional Director Paul W. Tull, CRNA, MS, MA

Five Things to Know about Who’s Providing Your Anesthesia Care

Jan 23, 2019

For Immediate Release: January 18, 2019For more information, contact: Christopher Bettin, Senior Director, Strategic Communications, [email protected], (847) 655-1143. Park Ridge, Illinois—For patients undergoing surgery, having a baby, or needing emergency treatment following a traumatic incident, odds are the hands-on anesthesia care essential to their comfort and safety will be provided by a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist […]

2019 Annual Meeting

Jan 16, 2019

May 16-19, 2019 | New Orleans, LAJW Marriott New Orleans We are currently looking for poster presentations and vendors. Please contact [email protected] for more information. Hotel JW Marriott, 614 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130 Hotel rate: $160 – make your reservation online hereDeadline to reserve: Wednesday, May 1, 2019 SOLD OUT Alternate room block: Wyndham […]

Granite Financial – First AVANA Annual Partner

Jan 4, 2019

We are excited to announce our newest partner, Granite Financial Solutions, LLC (GFS). Partnering with GFS will bring a host of benefits to our members. Granite Financial Solutions is an independent financial services company that provides services to many Federal, Military and civilian CRNAs across the country. AVANA’s leadership has decided to partner with GFS as we believe […]

Now Accepting Nominations

Jan 4, 2019

The AVANA Board of Directors is seeking nominations for the following board positions. Terms would be begin in May 2019. All applicants must be an active AVANA member in good standing. Secretary serves one (1) term of two (2) years and is eligible for re-election, but may not serve more than two (2) consecutive terms Treasurer serves one (1) […]

Why You Should Attend Your State Board Meetings

Nov 28, 2018

It is important to attend your state board meetings. Why? If I had not gone to the last 3 out 4 state board meetings, my state association would not have fully understood VA CRNA’s unique nitch nor AVANA. As it turns out the state associations need the Federal Full Practice Authority for us to help […]

Friends of AVANA

Nov 11, 2018

In response to  inquiries from CRNAs not currently employed within the VA, veterans and former students who have asked “how they can help AVANA”, we have now launched a Friends of AVANA program. Much discussion was held during the annual meeting on how non VA CRNAs could participate in our organization and this voluntary donation […]

ALPS Scholarship Drive

Oct 24, 2018

Remember your life as an SRNA? Broke, sleep-deprived, and stressed out? Now you can pay it forward and support these poor students through the ALPS program! To read more about the program, choose ‘Education’ then ‘Scholarships’ from the headers on the homepage. To donate, click HERE