More Leadership Stories and How You Can Write One of Your Own

By on Jul 14, 2015 in Announcements, Board Updates | 3 comments

We thought you might like to hear from a few more TANA leaders about what their service has meant to them.  Enjoy reading their stories below!  And remember, Wednesday, July 15th, is the deadline for completing your Intent to Serve form so that you too can join the ranks of these dedicated individuals and all the other wonderful TANA leaders. “Serving TANA has been a wonderful experience, whether as a Committee member, Chair or Director.   I have enjoyed networking with colleagues across the state, meeting our state legislators, and understanding in more detail how AANA and TANA work.  As a full-time CRNA with a family, life is busy.  My primary concern when I got involved was the time commitment.  I can honestly say that the time commitment has been more than reasonable, and being engaged provides me with professional rewards.  Being a part of our organization who protects our practice rights during this dynamic time in healthcare is paramount.  Engaging with the SRNAs and mentoring them through leadership further insures our future.  Lastly, being active allows me to keep co-workers current and informed.  I hope that you will consider running for a position… you won’t regret it.” David L Klappholz, CRNA, MSN, APN District V Director “Serving on the TANA board has been more of a delight than I had imagined.  As a new member I was unaware of the very difficult task of running our organization.  However after attending my first board member meeting I saw professionalism exuding from all the elected officials.  Also working with people like Lisa Bowler, her business associates, and the TANA “lobbyist” organization make for an even more enjoyable job.” Eddie Milam, CRNA, APN District I Director “I have been privileged to serve TANA and the TN CRNAs in several capacities, either as a committee member or chair and most recently as Director of District IV for the past 4 years.  It has been exciting, and sometimes frustrating, to be in midst of meeting with legislators about vital issues that threaten and/or support our scope of practice at both the state and federal levels.  The passion of the those who serve is contagious.  It is rewarding to watch our state’s students become engaged and committed to supporting our profession as they, too, become CRNAs.  I have met people I likely would not have had the opportunity to meet otherwise.   You build friendships that will last a lifetime.  I am so proud to support our noble profession through TANA.”   Linda Hill, DNSc, CRNA, APN District IV...

TANA Leaders Tell All: What Serving You Means to Them

By on Jul 13, 2015 in Announcements, Board Updates | 0 comments

It’s time once again for TANA members to choose those who will serve them throughout the coming years as TANA officers, board members, district directors, and committee members.  And time is running out to submit your Intent to Serve forms. If you have an interest in serving, please click here to complete this form no later than Wednesday, July 15, 2015.  You can also read more about the positions currently being filled and the requirements for each by clicking here. To help answer your questions about why we serve, we thought we would ask some current TANA leaders what serving their state association has meant to them.  Read a few of their responses as to what they’ve enjoyed about giving back to their profession and how much they have benefitted both personally and professionally from the experience. “I chose to serve TANA to give back to the profession that has given me so much.  I had no experience with this type of work on the state level previously, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I quickly learned that I gained an immediate support system of mentors and colleagues from across the state to help guide and educated me. As a District Director, I realized that the time commitment was not overwhelming, and that the experience I was gaining was worth more than the time I volunteered.  Networking has also been one of the most valuable aspects of serving TANA.  I’ve always said that the anesthesia community is very small, but in serving as your state President, I realize that this still holds true at the national level.  Because I served, I now have a more fully developed appreciation for nurse anesthesia as a profession, and not just an ordinary job.” -Julie Bonom, CRNA, DNP, APN TANA President “Starting with my first meeting, serving on the board has been very eye opening, and the educational value is priceless. I now realize what happens behind the scenes and how much time is volunteered. The time on the board has allowed me to meet senators, representatives, and many other influential people, along with many new friends. It has been an honor to serve on the board and one I feel anyone should do if you are so driven.” -Bob Silvia, CRNA, MS, APN District II Director “I have been blessed to have the opportunity to serve on the TANA board. I believe strongly with much privilege comes much responsibility. I also believe it is important to pay it forward. Many CRNAs have gone before me advancing the profession so I may enjoy the fruits of their labor. Can I do any less? I am grateful to be a CRNA; it has been a great blessing to me and my family. I also have learned so much from the experienced and talented board members who work diligently to protect our right to practice. I have entered a profession not just taken a great job. Our right to practice is always in danger and being involved gives me a great deal of satisfaction serving our members. I would suggest the more your involvement the more your appreciation.” Matt Demaree, CRNA, MSN, APN District III...