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National CRNA Week – Student Spotlight, Part 2

By on Jan 30, 2015 in National Nurse Anesthetist Week, Student Success | 48 comments

Meet Andrew Rice, another one of our outstanding SRNA student members!   Read about how his previous experience in the medical field helped prepare him for his role as a future CRNA and how he’s aligned his career path with his faith and convictions. Hello! My name is Andrew Rice, and I am a senior SRNA at Union University in Jackson, TN. Before I began my education at Union, I was a board certified Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and a charge nurse in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Nashville, TN. In my search for an anesthesia school, I wanted to find a program that combined the best anesthesia training with a Christian worldview. I knew I was where I belonged within a few minutes of meeting the faculty at Union. During my time at Union, I have had opportunities and experiences that will forever impact my life and future practice as a CRNA. I was able to travel to the Dominican Republic for the annual Union University Nurse Anesthesia Mission Trip. While in the Dominican Republic, I had the unique opportunity of not only providing anesthesia, but performing minor surgery and primary medical care to those in need. I have also attended the AANA Mid-Year Assembly in Washington, D.C. and have been a member of the TANA-PAC and TANA Government Relations Committees. As a SRNA, I am developing my ability to become an autonomous anesthesia provider as I look forward to my upcoming graduation. Current and future students, I encourage you to be involved in your state nurse anesthesia association and become vigilant anesthesia providers because you are the future of anesthesia care...

National CRNA Week – Student Spotlight

By on Jan 28, 2015 in National Nurse Anesthetist Week, Student Success | 0 comments

In honor of National CRNA Week, we’re highlighting a few of our TANA members.  Meet student member Courtney E. Yamber.  Here’s her story about how she came to live in and love Tennessee, what she likes most about providing anesthesia care to patients, and her advice for her fellow SRNAs. Courtney E. Yamber   I am a junior SRNA at the University of Tennessee Knoxville class of 2016. My choice to become a UT Volunteer may be hard to believe as I am a native Floridian and BSN graduate of the University of Florida Gators. However, the University of Tennessee is a perfect fit for me; I love my school, my professors, my classmates and the endless opportunities that are molding me into a future CRNA. I have also fallen for the state of Tennessee as my new home; I love the mountains and cooler weather with the change of seasons. This move to Tennessee is permanent. Prior to pursuing my dream of becoming a CRNA, I worked as a nurse for UF Health at Shands in Gainesville, Florida, on the Burn ICU. I am excited to join a field that is so patient-focused in such critical situations. Procedures requiring anesthesia can be especially frightening and disconcerting for both the patient and their loved ones. As a SRNA I am learning to independently provide attentive anesthesia with the utmost importance directed towards patient safety, as well as developing trust and security with my patients to ease their uncertainties and fears. I encourage future SRNAs to pursue the career of CRNA with passion and boldness and to be steadfast in your search for knowledge and desire to care for the patients who need you most....

MTSA and Halyard Health Launch ON-Q Center of Excellence

By on Jan 23, 2015 in Student Success | 2 comments

Madison, Tenn. (November 20, 2014) – The Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia (MTSA) and Halyard Health (formerly Kimberly-Clark Health Care), a medical technology company that provides innovative healthcare solutions focused on preventing infection, eliminating pain and speeding recovery, are collaborating to launch the nation’s first peer-to-peer Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Center of Excellence housed within a school. The new Center, now open on MTSA’s Madison, Tenn. campus, will be dedicated to the education of nurse anesthetists in ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia (UGRA) with Halyard Health’s ON-Q Pain Relief System – used primarily to treat acute pain. With Halyard Health’s ON-Q non-narcotic portable Pain Relief System, the local anesthetics pain relieving methods that physicians may use during surgery are available for use after surgery, both at the hospital and at home. MTSA’s Center of Excellence will train CRNA’s how to use this innovative technology that allows local anesthetic to be delivered right to where the pain is, reducing the chance of the side effects commonly associated with narcotics. “MTSA has built a strong program and has allied with Halyard Health as a respected partner because it is time for CRNAs to become more proactive concerning their patient’s acute pain management,” said MTSA Program Administrator Chris Hulin, CRNA, MBA, DNP. “Properly managing patient pain before, during and after surgery is vital to patient satisfaction, yet not enough CRNAs are practicing UGRA, which enhances patient care.” At MTSA, CRNAs are trained to safely administer anesthesia in a variety of medical settings including operating rooms, obstetrical units and pain clinics. Ultrasound technology is one of the most recent techniques CRNAs use to administer regional anesthesia to prevent pain. “Ultrasound technology allows us to see patients’ nerves, inject pain medications around the nerves and ultimately prevent the nerves from triggering the feeling of pain to the brain,” said MTSA Director of Collaborative Learning Patrick Moss, CRNA, MS, APN. According to a recent study published in Regional Anesthesia & Pain Medicine, the use of UGRA was positive when compared to alternative techniques. Another study published in the Oct. 2012 issue of Pain Medicine concluded that people use ultrasound technology to: achieve a higher success rate, improve safety, and teach anesthesia trainees. While the main barriers for using ultrasound technology include: lack of training, perceived decreased efficiency, and the lack of immediate availability of equipment. “When it comes to acute pain management, patients deserve the most advanced evidence-based therapies available,” said Moss. “MTSA specializes in equipping today’s CRNAs with these techniques.” Hulin says increasing access to this important training is vital, and as part of the continuing development of MTSA’s ON-Q peer-to-peer educational Center of Excellence, MTSA is in the process of building an Acute Pain Management Post-graduate Fellowship that will offer CRNAs an opportunity to rigorously prepare didactically with the support of expert clinical mentorship. About The Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia Founded in 1950, the Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia (MTSA) provides a Christian, Seventh-day Adventist learning environment that fosters the pursuit of truth, excellence in anesthesia practice, and a life of service, to supply needed anesthesia providers in Nashville, Middle Tennessee, the Central South, and nationally. In Middle Tennessee, more than 65 percent of nurse anesthetists are MTSA alumni, and 45 percent of all nurse anesthetists in the state graduated from the school. A leader in academic and professional excellence, MTSA is responsive to the needs of its constituents, providing affordable graduate education for students from diverse backgrounds. For more information, visit www.mtsa.edu. About Halyard Health Halyard Health (NYSE:HYH) is a medical technology company focused on preventing infection, eliminating pain and speeding recovery for healthcare providers and their patients. Headquartered in Alpharetta, Ga., Halyard is committed to addressing some of today’s most important healthcare needs, such as preventing healthcare-associated infections and reducing the use of narcotics while helping patients move from surgery to recovery. Halyard’s business segments — Surgical & Infection Prevention and Medical Devices — develop, manufacture and market clinically superior solutions that improve medical outcomes and business performance in more than 100 countries. For more information, visit www.halyardhealth.com....

Help Promote National CRNA Week on Social Media

By on Jan 23, 2015 in AANA, National Nurse Anesthetist Week | 0 comments

Please see the message below from AANA President Sharon Pearce.  Check out the social media events scheduled throughout National CRNA Week by visiting the AANA website, and remember to use the hashtag #CRNAWeek to help promote this year’s campaign and spread the word about the incredible work CRNAs do to help millions of patients each year.  Happy CRNA Week! Dear Colleagues, National CRNA Week (#CRNAWeek) starts next week (January 25-31, 2015), and what better time than now to take advantage of today’s social media landscape to educate others about how CRNAs ensure patient access to safe, cost-effective anesthesia care? As you may know, social media provides immediacy, accessibility, and can unite people like no other information-sharing medium. Sometimes referred to as a means to achieve mass persuasion, today’s social platforms serve as the driving force behind changing public opinion, harnessing thoughts that lead to actions, and reaching people across boundaries. The power of social media such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and others is evident in the role social media have played in national awareness campaigns such as the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, or even on the political front, such as helping to increase enrollment for the Affordable Care Act. Moving forward, we as CRNAs and student registered nurse anesthetists can have fun creating our own successes by collectively promoting this year’s CRNA Week through the use of online social spaces. Be sure to use the official hashtag for this year’s campaign (#CRNAWeek), and take advantage of the wealth of social media ideas and resources provided to you on the AANA website. Also, be sure to participate in the AANA social media events that will occur every day during CRNA Week. You can find us on Facebook at AANA/American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, and on Twitter by searching for the official AANA handle @AANAWebUpdates. You can also find us on LinkedIn by searching “American Association of Nurse Anesthetists,” and follow us on Instagram at aanaphotos. Most importantly, enjoy using social media to creatively spread the word about our remarkable profession and the important work we do on behalf of millions of patients each year. Best wishes for a successful CRNA Week Sharon Pearce, CRNA, MSN AANA...

Students Plant Trees in Urban Forest

By on Jan 9, 2015 in Student Success | 0 comments

Some TANA student members were recently involved in a community service project, where they planted trees in what was to become an Urban Forest.  Pictured below are Josh Voss, Josh Payne, Brittany Garret, and Omar...