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TANA Student Member Receives Top Honors at AANA Conference

By on Oct 2, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

TANA is pleased to announce that one of our student members recently received top honors at the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) annual conference in Seattle. In addition to being granted the Dean and Fred Hayden Memorial National Scholarship, third-year Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) student Sara Wilkinson was also awarded the prestigious Student of Excellence Award. This award, which is given to only one student in the country, is in recognition of Wilkinson’s academic excellence, excellence in leadership, and excellence in service to others. “I was thrilled to receive this award, which acknowledged all my hard work during my time as a student nurse anesthetist,” Wilkinson said. “I was excited to be able to represent the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, and the nurse anesthesia program.” She also stated she plans to use the scholarship money to help pay for her books and tuition. What’s more, Wilkinson’s poster “Bispectral Index Monitoring and Post-Operative Delirium” was chosen for display at the conference, a first for any UTHSC student. She is pictured here with her collaborator on the project, Dwayne Accardo, DNP, CRNA, assistant professor and program director for the UTHSC College of Nursing DNP Nurse Anesthesia program. “These awards have been wonderful to receive, to recognize all my efforts and hard work, but the most important goal of my career as a certified nurse anesthetist is to be of service to my patients,” Wilkinson said. Congratulations, Sara Wilkinson! Click here to read the full article on UTHSC’s website.        ...

Big Day for TANA Members at the AANA Annual Congress

By on Sep 18, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The AANA Annual Congress is traditionally a time for honoring the accomplishments of CRNAs and others whose contributions have helped advance nurse anesthesia education, advocacy, practice, public relations, and humanitarian concerns. At this year’s Opening Ceremonies, the association bestowed several awards to CRNAs who have valuably contributed to the profession. Read on for more information about our award recipients from the state of Tennessee! AANA Didactic Instructor of the Year Award: Patrick Moss, DNAP, CRNA The Didactic Instructor of the Year, established in 1991, is presented to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the education of student nurse anesthetists in the classroom. This year, Patrick Moss, DNAP, CRNA, was the recipient. A CRNA for nearly 20 years, Moss’s innovation in ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia techniques led to a partnership between Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia (MTSA) and Halyard Health, formally Kimberly-Clark Health Care, a medical technology company. The two launched the nation’s first peer-to-peer CRNA Center of Excellence (COE) housed within MTSA’s school of nurse anesthesia. Moss currently functions as the Regional Vice President for LifeLinc Anesthesia where he focuses on leadership, management, consultation, and education throughout various LifeLinc affiliated sites. In addition, he serves as a Consultant and the Clinical Liaison for MTSA/AANA’s Acute Surgical Pain Management Fellowship. AANA PR Award Winner: Memphis Student Nurse Anesthetist Foundation PR Awards are given out every year to organizations that expand the influence and knowledge of the nurse anesthesia profession through various public relations efforts. Five types of PR Award winners were announced at this year’s Opening Ceremonies. Best public relations effort by an individual, small group, organization, or company not affiliated with a state association: Memphis Student Nurse Anesthetist Foundation.   Please help us congratulate our winners from...

Celebrating One of Healthcare’s Top Professions – January 22-28, 2017

By on Jan 23, 2017 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

This week is National CRNA Week, our time to celebrate the nation’s 50,000+ Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and Student Registered Nurse Anesthetists (SRNAs) and the valuable role they play in our healthcare system. In today’s ever-changing healthcare environment, patients want quality, personal care that’s delivered with the highest level of safety and in the most cost-effective manner possible. CRNAs provide just that. Here are a few facts to help you learn more about the work of CRNAs and to clear up some common misconceptions about their profession.   CRNAs have been at work for over 150 years. Nurse anesthetists, as they were originally known, first began providing anesthesia to wounded soldiers during the Civil War. In fact, they’ve been the main providers of anesthesia care to U.S. military personnel on the front lines since World War I. It was in 1956 when they were officially designated with the CRNA (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist) credential. CRNAs are prolific providers. Today the nation’s 50,000+ CRNAs (more than 2,500 of which are practicing in Tennessee) safely administer around 43 million anesthetics per year to patients across the U.S.* They practice in every setting where anesthesia is delivered: hospital surgical suites and delivery rooms;  ambulatory surgical centers; critical access hospitals; and the offices of dentists, opthalmologists, podiatrists, plastic surgeons, and pain management specialists; as well as U.S. military, Public Health Services, and Department of Veterans Affairs healthcare facilities. They’re also the primary providers of anesthesia care in rural America, enabling healthcare facilities in these medically underserved areas to offer obstetrical, surgical, pain management, and trauma stabilization services. In fact, CRNAs are the sole providers of anesthesia in approximately 41 of Tennessee’s 95 counties.   CRNAs have an impeccable safety record. According to a 1999 report, anesthesia care had grown almost 50 times safer than in the early 1980s. And, in a landmark study, it was confirmed that anesthesia care is equally safe whether provided by a CRNA working alone, an anesthesiologist working alone, or a CRNA working with an anesthesiologist, proving there’s essentially a 0% difference in safety between CRNAs and their physician counterparts.*** CRNAs are cost-effective providers of anesthesia. All anesthesia professionals administer anesthesia the same way, regardless of their title or educational background. Anesthesia given by a CRNA is recognized as the practice of nursing. However, when the same service is provided by an anesthesiologist, it’s recognized as the practice of medicine and thus more expensive. Since CRNAs working alone equate to a significant savings vs. the cost of an anesthesiologist (or a CRNA working with one), the result is reduced expenses for patients and insurance companies. The cost-efficient utilization of CRNAs is doing much to help control the nation’s ever-increasing healthcare spending. CRNAs are well educated. Before studying to become a CRNA students must first earn a graduate degree in nursing (or a similar field), become licensed as a registered professional nurse and/or advanced practice registered nurse (APRN), and work full-time as a registered nurse in a critical care setting for a minimum of one year. Potential CRNAs must then obtain a master’s degree from a nurse anesthesia educational program accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs and pass the National Certification Examination following graduation. Of the 115 accredited nurse anesthesia programs in the U.S., Tennessee is home to six. CRNAs work in a highly favored profession. As advanced practice registered nurses, CRNAs work with a high degree of autonomy and professional respect. The role they play in patient care often means the difference between life and death. CRNAs carry a great load of responsibility, and they are compensated accordingly. Becoming a nurse anesthetist was named one of the 25 hottest careers by Working Women magazine in 1989, and its popularity has continued to grow ever since. More recently, in 2016, nurse anesthesia was named the #3 healthcare job (and the #4 job overall) by U.S. News & World Report.   Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists play a vital role in ensuring access to safe, cost-effective anesthesia care for all Americans. We dedicate this week to them! Click here for more information about the work of CRNAs in your state and throughout the U.S.      *American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) 2016 Practice Profile Survey    **Institute of Medicine *** Research Triangle...

Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia to Commemorate National CRNA Week

By on Jan 18, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  NASHVILLE, Jan. 17, 2017—Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia (MTSA) is joining healthcare providers nationwide in recognizing the unique skills of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) during the 18th annual National CRNA Week Jan. 22-28. “Surgery and anesthesia can be intimidating, but nurse anesthetists are trained to stay with the patient throughout the procedure, administering their anesthetics and watching over their vital signs,” said MTSA President Dr. Chris Hulin. “Our goal during CRNA Week is to shine a spotlight on the many professionals who play this crucial role in our healthcare system.” According to the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA), more than 50,000 CRNAs and student registered nurse anesthetists provide anesthetics to patients in the United States each year, delivering the same safe, high-quality anesthesia care as other anesthesia professionals but at a lower cost, helping to control the nation’s rising healthcare costs. Due to its significant alumni base in the region, MTSA estimates more than two-thirds of Middle Tennesseans having surgery entrust their lives to its graduates on a daily basis. “Every day, CRNAs deliver essential healthcare in thousands of communities and are able to prevent gaps in access to anesthesia services, especially in rural, inner-city and other medically underserved areas of the country,” Hulin added. On Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 12:30 p.m., MTSA will open its doors to students, alumni and guests for a special celebration of CRNA Week with cake, ice cream and door prizes. The event will take place in the lecture hall in Building A, located at 315 Hospital Drive in Madison. The School will also post information and special messages throughout the week atwww.facebook.com/MTSAnesthesia. About CRNA Week National CRNA Week is the AANA’s annual celebration of anesthesia patient safety, helping patients, hospital administrators, healthcare professionals, policymakers, and others become more familiar with the CRNA credential and the exceptional advanced practice registered nurses who have earned it. The emphasis during this year’s CRNA Week is on safe, effective anesthesia care, including five ways in which CRNAs make a difference every day: Safety First: CRNAs are highly trained anesthesia professionals who safely administer approximately 43 million anesthetics to patients each year in the United States, according to the AANA 2016 Practice Profile Survey. Rural America: CRNAs are the primary providers of anesthesia care in rural America, enabling healthcare facilities in these medically underserved areas to offer obstetrical, surgical, pain management and trauma stabilization services. In some states, CRNAs are the sole providers in nearly 100 percent of the rural hospitals. Military Presence: Nurse anesthetists have been the main providers of anesthesia care to U.S. military personnel on the front lines since WWI. Nurses first provided anesthesia to wounded soldiers during the Civil War. Practice Settings: CRNAs practice in every setting in which anesthesia is delivered: traditional hospital surgical suites and obstetrical delivery rooms; critical access hospitals; ambulatory surgical centers; the offices of dentists, podiatrists, ophthalmologists, plastic surgeons and pain management specialists; and more. Cost-Efficiency: Managed care plans recognize CRNAs for providing high-quality anesthesia care with reduced expense to patients and insurance companies. The cost-efficiency of CRNAs helps control escalating healthcare costs.   More information about the role and value of CRNAs is available from the AANA at...

Dina Velocci, CRNA, DNP, APN: Candidate for National Position as American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) Region II Director

By on Apr 26, 2016 in AANA | 11 comments

For Dr. Velocci, her candidacy to serve as the AANA Region II Director is not about the position. It is not about climbing the ranks of an organization. Rather, Dina Velocci, CRNA, DNP, APN says “it is a calling, borne out of love for my profession as an anesthetist.” Dina began working with CRNA professionals who were prominent past AANA board members when she was just a student. The influences of these past board members became a driving influence for her future involvement with the AANA. She has served in many roles for the Tennessee Association of Nurse Anesthetists (TANA), the seventh largest organization in the AANA. As a two-term President, President-Elect, District Director, Secretary-Treasurer, Chair of the Government Relations Committee, Finance Committee Member, and TANA-PAC Treasurer, Dina has used her excellent communication and problem-solving skills to become an effective leader at all levels. In today’s environment, the healthcare industry is forever shifting. Dina says of the role of AANA Region II Director, “that it will be challenging, but most rewarding for many reasons”. The most important is in knowing that at the end of the day, I am having an impact on protecting the profession and our patients.” Dina believes that the AANA has an obligation to find solutions to such challenges as reimbursement bundles, scope of practice, and other career issues. She further states, “We have to be a proactive organization and tear down the remaining barriers in order to become the prominent voice of anesthesia in both the healthcare community and in the eyes of the public.” To accomplish these goals, Dina believes that the AANA nationwide is the strongest when the members’ voices are heard, valued and represented in defining our profession – a profession she does not take lightly. Rather than taking a seat at the round table of healthcare she states, “it is time to invite the leaders of the healthcare industry to our table of discussion.” Dr. Velocci makes it clear that her ten plus years in leadership roles in TANA has never been about her, but about accurately representing her members. She has proven to be a strong advocate for the association, never backing down in the face of adversity. This tenacity is an important quality in a leader taking part in the conversations across the many silos of the healthcare field. When Dina is not caring for her patients or advocating for her profession, she can be found with her teenage daughters, Olivia and Julia. Together, they enjoy traveling, skiing and other...