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AANA Launches Public Education Campaign

By on Sep 6, 2014 in AANA | 0 comments

The following message details a new campaign that is being launched by AANA to help educate key decision makers on the role of CRNAs and the benefit to utilizing our care in all anesthesia-related settings.  See below for more information and a link to the campaign’s website. Dear Colleagues, There’s something exciting happening at the AANA unlike anything that has been done before, and we need all AANA members to get involved! For the last 10 months, the AANA has been working with the prominent communications firm, FleishmanHillard, to develop a positive yet assertive public education campaign that delivers to key audiences such as hospital administrators, policymakers, healthcare professionals, and others the important message that CRNAs are perfectly suited to meet today’s healthcare challenge of delivering safe, quality care to more people without burdening the healthcare system. Titled CRNAs: The Future of Anesthesia Care Today, the campaign further demonstrates that CRNAs provide the most cost-effective anesthesia care in all settings where anesthesia is delivered and ensure that patients in medically underserved communities have access to quality anesthesia care close to home. The centerpiece of the campaign is a new website, www.future-of-anesthesia-care-today.com, which includes comprehensive resources designed to help hospital administrators, policymakers, and healthcare professionals make informed decisions on how to deliver quality care to more people at lower cost. The site includes summaries of landmark research studies on anesthesia patient safety and cost-effectiveness, helpful fact sheets, first-person stories told by CRNAs, infographics, and more. Be sure to inform members of these key audiences within your circle of influence about www.future-of-anesthesia-care-today.com. In addition, as an AANA member you will find a wide range of public relations tools to support the campaign and your PR efforts in general on the private side of the AANA website athttp://www.aana.com/prtools (member login required). New materials will be added regularly, so be sure to make this your go-to place for PR tools and resources. For easy and convenient access to both the PR Tools area on the AANA website as well as to the future-of-anesthesia-care-today microsite, be sure to bookmark the following link:www.aana.com/future-today.   To start spreading the good word on social media, use #CRNAsToday. It’s a great time to be a CRNA! Dennis C. Bless, CRNA, MS AANA President Sharon Pearce, CRNA, MSN AANA...

AANA 2014 Nurse Anesthesia Annual Congress Sponsorship Opportunities

By on Aug 1, 2014 in AANA | 0 comments

Greetings, TANA members!  The AANA Foundation has asked us to advise you of a few upcoming events to be held at the AANA 2014 Nurse Anesthesia Annual Congress.  We hope you’ll support all of their efforts! Orlando – The Stars Come Out Again Last year the AANA Foundation hosted Vegas – The Stars Come Out At Night, and it was a huge success.  This year in Orlando they are once again hosting a CRNA/SRNA talent competition, Orlando – The Stars Come Out Again, on Sunday, September 14, 2014.  Click here to view the event flyer which has more information, including sponsorship details. AANA Foundation’s 17th Annual Golf Tournament In addition to the talent event, the AANA Foundation is also hosting the 17th Annual Golf Tournament on Friday, September 12, with a 1:30 pm tee off.  Tennessee Association of Nurse Anesthetists members have supported the golf tournament in the past, and AANA is anticipating our participation again this year.  Please consider sponsoring or donating an item for the goodie bags or raffle. See the event flyer and for more info and the event site for the sponsorship form for state associations and members. AANA Foundation Photo Booth at Annual Banquet – Fun, New Sponsorship Opportunity Something new that the Foundation is trying this year is a photo booth in the hall outside of the entrance to the Annual Banquet.  It will be available on September 16 between 5:30 and 11:30 pm (closed from 7 – 9 pm during the program/dinner hour).  During that time, couples, groups, or individuals can get their photo taken, with each participant receiving a copy, for a $20 donation to the Foundation.  A sponsorship of $1,000 would cover the cost of this photo booth and earn recognition for our state association in the form of signage at the photo booth and the ability to have a TANA representative present to welcome guests and solicit photo participants. To learn more about these events, or to express an interest in sponsorship, please use the contact information below.  All sponsorship forms must be submitted by August 15, 2014, in order for sponsors’ information to appear in printed materials. Luanne Irvin, MS Development Officer American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Foundation 222 S. Prospect Ave. / Park Ridge, IL 60068-4001 / Phone: 847-655-1173 / Fax: 847-692-6968...

AANA Encourages Your Support of the Provider Nondiscrimination Law

By on May 24, 2014 in AANA | 1 comment

Dear TANA members, Please take a moment to read an important message that was recently sent by AANA President Dennis Bless, CRNA to all AANA members.   As part of our advocacy efforts to protect CRNA reimbursement and patient access to care, the AANA is currently supporting two letters circulating within the Democratic Caucus of the House of Representatives, and of the Senate Finance and HELP Committees, regarding implementation of the AANA-backed Provider Nondiscrimination law. As someone represented by a legislator within one or more of these groups, your help is needed in urging your Representative and/or Senator to support these efforts. The Provider Nondiscrimination law was enacted by Congress to prohibit health plans from discriminating against qualified licensed healthcare professionals solely on the basis of their licensure.  This important law, supported by the AANA, aims to protect and increase patient access to covered health services by better assuring that patients are able to obtain the care that they need from the licensed and certified health professionals of their choice. Please write your legislators today and urge them to sign the letters being circulated by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) in the Senate, and by Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR) in the House. For all you do for your patients, practice and profession, thank you. Sincerely, Dennis C. Bless, CRNA, MS AANA...

Notes from AANA’s Inaugural Diversity and Inclusion in Nursing Education: Excellence in Healthcare Summit

By on May 7, 2014 in AANA | 262 comments

Ian Bicol, our TASNA Student Representative, was recently invited to attend AANA’s inaugural Diversity and Inclusion in Nursing Education: Excellence in Healthcare Summit.  Below he shares some notes about his experience, as well as some photos from the event. The Diversity Summit was held at the Hyatt Hotel in Crystal City, Virginia. It was attended by the AANA Board of Directors, CRNAs and SRNAs from around the country. The highlight of this summit was the Diversity in Nurse Anesthesia Mentorship Program which was discussed by Dr. Wallena Gould, CRNA and Mr. John Bing, CRNA. One of the key priority goals of AANA President Dennis Bless is to promote and advance diversity within the nurse anesthesia profession. On April 4, 2014, the AANA inaugurated the Diversity and Inclusion Summit. The live-event (by invitation only) was attended by AANA senior leadership, SRNAs, Nurse Anesthesia educators, and the Board of Directors of the Diversity in Nurse Anesthesia Mentorship Program. A simultaneous online telecast gave access to AANA members to join the event remotely. It was a great learning experience to be able to share and connect with CRNAs and fellow SRNAs and participate in developing a plan for a sustainable culture of inclusion and diversity. Francis Ian C. Bicol, MSN, BSN, RN DNP – Nurse Anesthesia Class 2016 Union University...

Top 10 Things NOT to do at the TANA Convention

By on Oct 10, 2013 in AANA, Making an imPACt, Notes from the President, TANA Annual Meeting | 0 comments

Miss out winning a brand new Apple TV because you were at the bar. Hit the SNOOZE on your alarm, thus missing the morning education session Spill your drink on Region II Director’s, Tony Chipas, laptop consequently shutting down the entire AANA. Miss going to the exhibit hall and seeing the latest anesthesia toys. Announcing to every CRNA your love of Star Wars by leaving your cell phone ringer on in the lecture hall. Let out a big “Go Vols” during the AANA update because you’re watching the UT game on your iPad. Forget to become a PAC member, thus allowing “Big Al” the car salesman to decide whether you are qualified to work in anesthesia. Take a nap and find out you missed the Dr. Don Bell College Bowl and Silent Auction. Forget to attend the PAC Dinner at historic Miller’s Grocery on Saturday night missing the epic event of the century. Forget to spend some time getting to know your CRNA Colleagues. (Who knows … you may be asking them for a job some...

Live Streaming: To Be or Not to Be …

By on Sep 17, 2013 in AANA, Notes from the President | 9 comments

AANA Business Meeting, Live Streaming: To Be or Not to Be … A question has recently been raised in AANA. The question is whether the Annual Business Meeting should be streamed online, and should CRNAs at home be allowed to vote. At first you may say, that is a no brainer, “YES.” I want each of you to read this article, and please comment and vote on this. This is your state president-elect trying to represent the membership of Tennessee, but I need you to be informed about all that is involved. Where did this topic arise? Leaders within the AANA have discussed the poor attendance at the business meeting for years. Although, this year was the largest turnout in 20 years with 538 members present. Looking at the numbers, it is still apathetic since there are 45,000 eligible CRNA voters (1.2%). So, how do we involve more CRNAs and convey the importance of using your voice? Online streaming of the business meeting has been discussed, but there are concerns. What about security of the feed as reports, financials, and future initiatives to advance nurse anesthesia are discussed during these meetings. It is essential that the feed, should on-line streaming be implemented, be secure. Questions arise about how to allow CRNAs not in the business meeting participate in the discussion of issues that will be voted on. (i.e. Pro, Con, Point of Information Microphones). There are then the issues with the cost to place this system. The importance of member input and discussion is ESSENTIAL to the AANA Business Meeting. You also have to ask if involving more CRNAs is worth the risk, but is involving CRNAs the priority. Would CRNAs participate? Would more or less CRNAs travel to attend the meeting? Would the business meeting be disorganized. I believe that we must ask, “How many CRNAs would participate if the AANA invested significant amounts of money in a secure live-streaming business meeting.” With CRNA apathy at an all time high, it is crucial that the voice of CRNAs are heard, but at what cost?  I look forward to hearing your comment and what Tennessee CRNAs want. I will ensure that your voice will be heard. As the AANA continues to look at this issue, it is critical that state associations poll their members and that the voice of CRNAs are heard. So, please respond with Yes or No to Live-Streaming for the AANA Business Meeting, and Yes or No to whether you would participate from home if not at the...