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National CRNA Week is January 24-30, 2016 – Promotional Materials are Available!

By on Dec 18, 2015 in National Nurse Anesthetist Week | 4 comments

Each January, we celebrate National CRNA Week, a time for CRNAs to stop, reflect, and celebrate who we are and what we do. This week, January 24-30, 2016, gives us a more highlighted opportunity to promote our profession to those who work with us every day, and those whom we take safely through surgery. The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists offers many promotional items for your use during National #CRNAWeek: Buttons Pens Table Tents Posters Shirts Coffee Mugs Brochures Not to mention the press releases, proclamations, resolutions, public service announcement scripts, and more! You can find them all right here:www.aana.com/crnaweek and www.aana.com/crnaweekinfo. This year’s theme, “Making a Difference One Patient at a Time,” really brings home the dedication of CRNAs to our patients and our profession. You are urged you to toot your own horn and let people know the good that we all do. If you order your National CRNA Week materials by close of business (4 pm CT) Friday, December 18, they will ship before December 24. Wouldn’t it be nice to start the new year with everything you need to celebrate National CRNA...

Dave Ratliff Named Recipient of the 2015 Patty Cornwell Practitioner of the Year Award

By on Oct 22, 2015 in Announcements, Our Super Heroes, TANA Annual Meeting | 2 comments

Local CRNA Honored as Practitioner of the Year By: Terri Durbin, CRNA, DNP, APN (Maryville, TN)  – Local Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist Dave Ratliff was recently awarded the Patty Cornwell Practitioner of the Year award by the Tennessee Association of Nurse Anesthetists at their Annual Meeting in Murfreesboro, TN. The Patty Cornwell Practitioner of the Year Award is given in recognition of outstanding contribution to nurse anesthesia practice as a clinician, educator and/or researcher. It is voted on annually by the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Association of Nurse Anesthetists. Mr. Ratliff is heavily involved in teaching and missionary work in Guatemala and Kenya while holding a full-time position as a clinician at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. He also serves as the Team Leader for the Medical Center’s Department of Anesthesia for the Annual Man Run for Prostate Cancer. Julie Bonom, CRNA and President of the Tennessee Association of Nurse Anesthetists said “This award demonstrates Dave’s commitment to anesthesia and to high-quality patient care. Dave is an outstanding role model for student nurse anesthetists, and is an inspiration to his colleagues.” Dave’s wife, Janet, and daughter, Katie were present as he received his award. Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) have been providing anesthesia care to the citizens of Tennessee for over 150 years. Currently, there are more than 2,400 CRNAs licensed to practice in Tennessee. CRNAs practice in every setting in which anesthesia is delivered and are the primary providers of anesthesia care in rural...

Support Second Harvest Food Bank at the TANA Annual Meeting

By on Oct 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

TANA Members, We will once again be supporting the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee by collecting food donations at the TANA Annual Meeting. If you are attending the meeting we ask that you please bring as many food items as you would like to donate.  Below is a list of the most needed items. You can find more information here about the scope of services they provide and the impact they’re making right here in our very own state.  You can also visit secondharvestmidtn.org to learn more....

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...