Fun Run/Walk to Benefit TANA-PAC

By on Sep 29, 2015 in TANA Annual Meeting, Uncategorized | 1 comment

Don’t forget to throw in your running shoes when you pack your bags for the TANA 78th Annual Meeting!  We’re kicking off our Saturday schedule of events with a 2-mile fun run/walk, leaving from the front of the conference center. There will be lots of giveaways, as well as prizes for the fastest participants.  It’s sure to be a lot of fun, not to mention a great way to actively protect your profession as all proceeds benefit TANA-PAC!  You can register the morning of the event or any time prior by clicking...

More Guest Speakers for Saturday Sessions at TANA Annual Meeting

By on Sep 25, 2015 in TANA Annual Meeting | 0 comments

We announced the speakers for the Friday sessions of the TANA Annual Meeting, and below you’ll find the guest speakers scheduled for the Saturday sessions, as well as the topics they’ll be presenting.  If you missed the blog post highlighting the Friday speakers, you can find it here.  See the full meeting agenda by clicking here. David Gaskin, CRNA, MHS, CPT USAR “Massive Blood Transfusion Protocols; Why You Need One”  David Gaskin has more than 15 years experience in the anesthesia field.  He has held positions in metropolitan and rural areas, practicing in both a care team approach and independent environments. He currently practices in Huntsville, Texas. A huge proponent for regional education, David and two partners own Maverick Regional Anesthesia Education and teach practicing CRNAs peripheral nerve block techniques. He has served as co-clinical coordinator for Texas Wesleyan University’s anesthesia program and continues to work with Texas Christian University students teaching regional anesthesia techniques. A desire to serve his country since a young man was brought to fruition at 47 years old, when David commissioned as an officer in the United States Army Reserves. He served his first combat deployment at FOB Shank, Afghanistan in 2014. David earned his BSN at Texas Christian University and his Masters of Health Science at Texas Wesleyan University. He has 3 grown children with his first grandson due any day. He and his wife, Dena, have been married 30 years and enjoy traveling and outdoor activities. Debra A. Barber, CRNA, DNP, AANA Region II Director “AANA Update” Ms. Barber received a BSN from Northwestern State University (1986), a MS in Nurse Anesthesia (1992) from Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (2012) at BCM. She is currently a practicing nurse anesthetist in Louisville, KY. Upon graduation from BCM, she practiced cardiac anesthesia at The Methodist Hospital’s Fondren Brown. In Louisville, Ms Barber spent 5 years at Jewish Hospital where she anesthetized the world’s first fully implantable artificial heart, the Abiocor. Ms. Barber participated in 5 of the Abiocor implants and published a case report related to the second case in which the recipient lived. Gwenn D. Randall, PhD, CRNA, ARNP “Beauty and the Beast” “Patient Safety: Whose Responsibility Is It Anyway?” Dr. Gwenn D. Randall is a seasoned CRNA with a broad background in health care and education, including hospital administration and business entities. Dr. Randall received B.S. degrees from Howard University and Norfolk State University, a Master’s of Science in Nurse Anesthesia from St. Joseph’s University/Pennsylvania Hospital School of Nurse Anesthesia, Master of Science in Nursing from Temple University, and a PhD in Nursing from Barry University. She completed a 1 year postdoc fellowship in simulation and has lectured nationally and internationally on anesthesia and simulation topics. Currently, she is providing locums coverage around the country and developing her simulation...

Meet Your Friday Guest Speakers for the TANA Annual Meeting!

By on Sep 22, 2015 in TANA Annual Meeting | 1 comment

Are you getting excited about the TANA 78th Annual Meeting coming up October 16th-18th?  If you haven’t already reserved your room at the Embassy Suites, make sure you do so as soon as possible as September 25th is the final day to book at the discounted rate.  You can make a reservation online by clicking here or calling 615-890-4464 or 1-800-EMBASSY.  Make sure to reference group code ANA when you book. Now here’s a sneak peek at a few of your Friday session topics and a bit more information about the featured guest speakers.  You can also click here to see the full agenda for the event. John Bing, CRNA “Diversity and Mentorship in Nurse Anesthesia” John Bing, CRNA, is the President of the Diversity in Nurse Anesthesia Mentorship Program and has served since 2009. He is the owner and founder of J. Bing and Associates Anesthesia Services where he has provided anesthesia for independent practices, hospitals, and outpatient centers for twenty five years. He is a graduate of both the University of the District of Columbia and George Washington University’s School of Nurse Anesthesia. Since graduating, he has accomplished a lot, including 16 years of experience at the University of Maryland’s Shock Trauma Center. He was the first CRNA to be appointed by Maryland’s Governor Martin O’Malley to the Board of Nursing. He has served two consecutive terms as the President of the Maryland Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA), was a member of the organization’s Resolutions Committee, and the Chair of their Political Action Committee. Currently, he serves as the Chair for the University of Maryland’s School of Nursing Board of Visitors and is the first nurse anesthetist to assume the position. Bing’s talents extend beyond the conventional operating room to the makeshift ORs in Central America where he provides anesthesia for the underserved children in need of plastic and reconstructive work. Bing mentors the next generation of underrepresented minority nurse anesthetists and, most recently, his accomplishments were highlighted in the prestigious Washingtonian Magazine. Laura Wright, PhD, MNA, CRNA “The Sad Side of CRNAs: Work Pressures and Depression” “Anesthesia for the Addicted Patient” Laura Wright completed her Ph.D. in Nursing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in December of 2012. Her dissertation explored opioid dependency, recovery, and return to work among nurse anesthetists in recovery from opioid dependence.  Dr. Wright sits on the AANA Peer Assistance Advisor Committee; as one of her roles on the committee she is helping build a library of chemical dependency information and provide guidance for students and CRNAs interested in researching chemical dependency. Dr. Wright is the AANA State Peer Assistant Advisor for Alabama and a Board member for the Alabama Board of Nursing. She also serves as the Faculty and Assistant Coordinator for the Nurse Anesthesia Track at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Frank Purcell “Beyond the ACA: Health Reform and CRNA’s” “Your Money and Your Life: Fundamentals of CRNA Reimbursement and Advocacy” Frank Purcell serves as Senior Director, Federal Government Affairs for the 48,000-member American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA), heading its Washington D.C. office and leading its advocacy work before Congress and federal agencies affecting CRNA reimbursement and practice. Under his leadership and at the AANA Board’s direction, the AANA D.C. team has developed and secured adoption of federal policy to promote healthcare quality improvements, access and cost savings through greater use of CRNAs and other APRNs. Before he joined the AANA in 2000, Frank served 11 years on Capitol Hill on the staffs of three members of Congress. He earned his bachelor’s with high honors from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, undertook MBA coursework at the Washington campus of Johns Hopkins University, and is a 2013 graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education program on healthcare delivery policy.  Most recently, CEO Update named him a Top Lobbyist in Washington for 2013, on having secured Medicare provisions covering CRNA services to their full scope of practice. A competitive U.S. Masters swimmer and a longtime National Multiple Sclerosis Society Bike MS team captain, he and his family live in the Washington D.C. suburb of Herndon, Virginia....