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Please Support Second Harvest Food Bank at the TANA Meeting! October 3-5

By on Sep 26, 2014 in TANA Annual Meeting | 1 comment

TANA Members:  Each year at the TANA Annual Meeting we support a charity. This year at the TANA 77th Annual Meeting we will be supporting the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee.  If you are attending the meeting we ask that you PLEASE bring canned goods. A can, a bag of food, or a donation. ANYTHING WILL HELP. If you will not be at the meeting and would still like to make a donation please visit secondharvestmidtn.org.   Students: We will keep track of your donations, and there will be a MEN Vs. WOMEN contest! For the team that brings the most food and/or a donation, there will be a CASH prize drawing!   Some facts from Second Harvest…..Did you know?   1 in 6 Tennesseans is at risk of hunger 1 in 4 Children in Tennessee does not know where their next meal will come from 46 Tennessee counties we serve 20,712 Square miles covered by the vital work of our food bank 23,955,957 Pounds of food distributed 19,963,298 Meals we provided 6,000,000+ Pounds of fresh produce distributed 52,058 Emergency Food Boxes provided 135,000+ Hungry household members we fed through our Emergency Food Box program last year 16 Emergency Food Box sites throughout Davidson County 2,500 Children per week that receive free meals and snacks through the Kids Cafe program 350,000+ Kids Cafe meals and snacks provided to low income children through a variety of community locations-such as after-school programs 6,929 Hungry children in Middle Tennessee receiving a BackPack, a bag of easy-to-prepare food to take home with them over the weekend and holidays 216 Mobile Pantries, our one-day large scale distribution hosted by churches and partner agencies, conducted primarily in rural areas 135,000+ Individuals in needy families who were served at our Mobile Pantries 4 Meals Second Harvest can provide for our hungry neighbors with each donated $1 (96¢ of each $1 goes directly to our programs to feed people) Organized in 1978, Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee is a private, not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization.  Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee’s mission is to feed hungry people and work to solve hunger issues in our community. Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee is one of the largest and most comprehensive of over 200 food banks and food distribution centers nationwide and also a member of Feeding America – The Nation’s Food Bank Network.  Second Harvest distributes food and other products to approximately 450 nonprofit partner agencies in 46 counties in Middle and West Tennessee. Our partners include food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, childcare facilities, senior centers, group homes, and youth enrichment programs. For more information on Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee and its programs, please...

Memphis Student Nurse Anesthetist Foundation Wins Award!

By on Sep 15, 2014 in Student Success | 1 comment

We would like to commend the Memphis Student Nurse Anesthetist Foundation (MSNAF) on their recent achievement!  MSNAF was awarded the AANA Public Relations Award for best public relations effort by an individual, small group, organization, or company not affiliated with a state association.   Their activities and involvement this past year include: providing volunteers for several health fairs in the Memphis Metropolitan area volunteering throughout the year for the Church Health Center tutoring students at the Refugee Empowerment Program volunteering for Memphis International Airport Disaster Training Exercises offering simulation experiences for students from Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association COOL program participating in Healthy Choices Week at the University of Memphis Campus School involvement in career day activities providing guest speakers to high schools and colleges in the Memphis area to promote the profession of nurse anesthesia Congratulations to them for this well-deserved AANA recognition! The Memphis Student Nurse Anesthetist Foundation (MSNAF) is a student founded and student managed non-profit organization based in Memphis, Tennessee. MSNAF was founded in 2010 with the mission of bridging the gap between student nurse anesthetists (SRNA) and certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNA). Since then, this mission has been expanded to include promotion of the professional image of CRNAs; increase public awareness of CRNAs’ role in healthcare; support educational, scientific, and community events; and increase retention and promote education continuity within the profession of nurse anesthesia. To accomplish this mission, MSNAF engages in a number of community service and community outreach activities. These activities include participation in community health fairs and health screenings, providing guest speakers to area colleges and high schools to promote the CRNA profession, and providing mentors to new SRNAs in the Memphis area. In addition, MSNAF has developed an academic and need-based scholarship program for member SRNAs as well as an annual continuing education seminar for CRNAs. The activities of MSNAF are made possible by member involvement in fundraising events throughout the academic year, sponsorships, and contributions from corporate and private donors. As a result of the activities of MSNAF: • The profession of nurse anesthesia and the CRNAs role in healthcare has been introduced to over 500 nursing students in the Memphis metropolitan area. • The profession of nurse anesthesia and the CRNA’s role in healthcare has been introduced to over 150 high school students interested in health related professions. • Approximately 85 new SRNAs have been matched with mentors to ease their transition into the profession. • A new scholarship has been developed for member SRNAs. First scholarship awarded on May 16, 2014. • Continuing Education (approved by the AANA) was delivered to attendees of MSNAFs Educational weekend on May 15, 2014 and May 16, 2014. For more information about MSNAF, their events, or to make a donation to the MSNAF scholarship fund, you can contact them at msnafoundation@gmail.com or visit...

Important TANA 77th Annual Fall Convention Deadlines

By on Sep 10, 2014 in TANA Annual Meeting | 0 comments

http://uniteandprotecttana.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/TANA-77th-Annual-Meeting-1-Cellular.m4v The TANA 77th Annual Fall Convention is scheduled for October 3rd – 5th in Murfreesboro, and there are some important deadlines approaching!  Please note the following registration cut-offs and follow the links to sign up before it’s too late! September 19th is the deadline for early bird registration for the event itself.  Visit the event page to register.  You can pay by credit card, or you can print an invoice to mail to our office along with your check. Embassy Suites has made a group rate available for attenders of the event.  The deadline to receive this discounted rate is September 16th.  However, we strongly suggest contacting the hotel as soon as possible, as rooms tend to book quickly.  You can visit their website to reserve your room.  You can also can call them at 615-890-4464 or 1-800-EMBASSY.  Make sure to reference the code “TNA” to receive the special group rate. Please also visit the TANA website for frequent updates about the convention, as well as other information such as the agenda for the event.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office. We hope to see each of you at this year’s meeting!...

AANA Launches Public Education Campaign

By on Sep 6, 2014 in AANA | 0 comments

The following message details a new campaign that is being launched by AANA to help educate key decision makers on the role of CRNAs and the benefit to utilizing our care in all anesthesia-related settings.  See below for more information and a link to the campaign’s website. Dear Colleagues, There’s something exciting happening at the AANA unlike anything that has been done before, and we need all AANA members to get involved! For the last 10 months, the AANA has been working with the prominent communications firm, FleishmanHillard, to develop a positive yet assertive public education campaign that delivers to key audiences such as hospital administrators, policymakers, healthcare professionals, and others the important message that CRNAs are perfectly suited to meet today’s healthcare challenge of delivering safe, quality care to more people without burdening the healthcare system. Titled CRNAs: The Future of Anesthesia Care Today, the campaign further demonstrates that CRNAs provide the most cost-effective anesthesia care in all settings where anesthesia is delivered and ensure that patients in medically underserved communities have access to quality anesthesia care close to home. The centerpiece of the campaign is a new website, www.future-of-anesthesia-care-today.com, which includes comprehensive resources designed to help hospital administrators, policymakers, and healthcare professionals make informed decisions on how to deliver quality care to more people at lower cost. The site includes summaries of landmark research studies on anesthesia patient safety and cost-effectiveness, helpful fact sheets, first-person stories told by CRNAs, infographics, and more. Be sure to inform members of these key audiences within your circle of influence about www.future-of-anesthesia-care-today.com. In addition, as an AANA member you will find a wide range of public relations tools to support the campaign and your PR efforts in general on the private side of the AANA website athttp://www.aana.com/prtools (member login required). New materials will be added regularly, so be sure to make this your go-to place for PR tools and resources. For easy and convenient access to both the PR Tools area on the AANA website as well as to the future-of-anesthesia-care-today microsite, be sure to bookmark the following link:www.aana.com/future-today.   To start spreading the good word on social media, use #CRNAsToday. It’s a great time to be a CRNA! Dennis C. Bless, CRNA, MS AANA President Sharon Pearce, CRNA, MSN AANA...