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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, cbettin@aana.com, (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 avana@assnoffices.com 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

AVANA Update at the AANA Annual Congress

Oct 18, 2018

A nice group met to discuss VA related issues while in Boston on September 24, 2018.   Pictured are some of those present for the discussion. Ralph Kohl from the DC office of AANA was present to Answer Questions and inform CRNAs of actions taken by the AANA on behalf of VA CRNAs.

Social Media and AVANA

Oct 17, 2018

We have recently been asked to include information on our facebook site (in addition to the website) whenever we learn of new information.  That sounded easy enough, it puts the onus on AVANA to provide communication in more ways.   In the past we have communicated via post cards, newsletters, email bulletins and email blasts.  So […]

The Hatch Act

Sep 16, 2018

With campaign season around the corner, familiarize yourself with federal regulations regarding partisan activity. Hatch Act Poster

AANA to VHA: Now is the Time to Grant CRNAs Full-Practice Authority

Aug 8, 2018

OIG report reveals 22 percent anesthesiology provider shortage in VA, contradicting VA final rule’s findings that excluded CRNA full practice authority For more information, contact: AANA Public Relations Park Ridge, Illinois – The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) is urging the VA to reopen its final rule to grant Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) the […]

AVANA Update at AANA Annual Congress

Jul 26, 2018

Join us for a VA CRNA Update! When: Monday, September 24, 2018 | 5:00pm-6:00pm Where: Sheraton – Boston | Back Bay A Register online for the AANA Annual Congress

Long Beach 2018!

Jun 7, 2018

Pictures and lectures are available under Education, or click pictures or lectures.

Meet our Management Company

Jun 3, 2018

Accent on Management, a leading association management company located in Columbus, Ohio, provides proven management solutions to a variety of state, regional and national trade and professional organizations. Among their other clients are the Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia Associations of Nurse Anesthetists. They have been managing associations since 1963, and have helped us tremendously […]

Have You Heard About the New Anesthesia Directive!?

Jun 1, 2018

An email (click HERE to view) was sent from Doug Rotter to all VA Chiefs last week regarding the Anesthesia Service Handbook being turned into a Directive. Please email this to your VA.GOV email address and open it at a VA computer – click the blue link and follow the steps to comment on this VERY IMPORTANT document that may […]

Help Wanted

May 6, 2018

Here’s an odd posting for a Department of Health and Human Services CRNA https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/498189500  

Baltimore VA CRNA is One of the Best!

Apr 7, 2018

Congratulations to Cesar Visurraga– a CRNA Nurse at the Baltimore VA Medical Center. Cesar was nominated and named as one of the Top 50 Nurses in Baltimore Magazine. An Army Veteran, Cesar, also a doctoral nursing student at UM School of Nursing, works in the same day surgery service and also serves as a national mentor […]

Congratulations to our ALPS Recipients!

Mar 17, 2018

Congratulations to the 2017 ALPS Recipients!   Meaghan E. Locke Meaghan Locke is a SRNA currently enrolled at Wake Forest University, School of Medicine Nurse Anesthesia Program. She expects to complete her program in August 2019. She received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing at the University of Delaware in 2008. Meaghan was commissioned in […]