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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...

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...

The Two Best Ways You Can Take an Active Role as a TANA Member

By on May 14, 2014 in Announcements, Board Updates, Notes from the President | 0 comments

Dear TANA Members: The 2014 TANA election is approaching, and now is the time for you to represent and support your profession- Nurse Anesthesia.  CRNAs experience practice, reimbursement, and recognition threats annually, and the only way to procure and promote your profession, practice and livelihood is by being involved as an active TANA member. Ask yourself these important questions.  Is now the time for me to increase my involvement in TANA and gain exposure to the inner workings of the organization? Am I encouraged to evaluate the importance of my profession in my daily life? Am I giving back?  And can I do more? If you answered yes to any of those, here are two ways you can increase your involvement. First, take the time to serve on the TANA Board of Directors or as District Director.  Many CRNAs shy away from this and feel intimidated by the thought of serving.  They have strong reservation about the time commitment, and their own lack of experience.  This fear of the unknown is common but–like so many other new things–it often only takes a moment for those fears to dissipate and those initial apprehensions to be alleviated. This holds true to serving TANA as well.  Take the time to put your name on the ballot.  You never know if you will like something until you try it.  The reward will be invaluable.    This year the following positions are up for election: *        President Elect (must have served as a TANA board member to run for this office) *        District I Director- Memphis area.  Must live in the district. *        District III Director- Nashville/Middle TN area.  Must live in the district. *        District V Director- East TN.  Must live in the district. *        TANA Nominating Committee Member Click here to see which district you live in if you are uncertain. To run as a candidate, a TANA Intent to Serve Form must be submitted to the TANA office no later than July 15th per the TANA Bylaws.  Click here to fill out the online form. The second way you can get involved is by serving on or being the chair of a committee.  Click here to see a list of committees on the TANA website. Now is the time to be part of the process and keep TANA growing and moving forward.  Let’s have multiple CRNAs on the ballot for each position.  We are looking forward to getting to know you and serving with you! Mark J. Haffey MSN, CRNA, APN TANA...

It’s Time to Nominate the 2014 Practitioner of the Year!

By on Apr 22, 2014 in Announcements, TANA Annual Meeting | 0 comments

It’s time to nominate an outstanding CRNA in your area for the Patty Cornwell Practitioner of the Year Award!  The purpose of this award is to “recognize excellence in anesthesia practice as a clinician, educator and/or researcher.” Nominations may be submitted by TANA members through the September 1, 2014 deadline.  Nominees will be voted on by the TANA Board of Directors, and the winner will be recognized at the TANA Annual Meeting to be held in the fall of 2014. Eligibility: The award shall be given to a TANA member in good standing who has made a significant contribution to the profession of nurse anesthesia in Tennessee. Nominations may be mailed to either of the addresses below. TANA TANA P.O. Box 60128 1105 Gartland Ave. Nashville, TN 37206 Nashville, TN 37206 You may also email your nomination to info@tncrna.com. For additional information regarding the nomination and selection process, please visit our website or call the TANA office at 615-329-3450. The process is simple.  Please consider taking the time to nominate one of your deserving peers!  Just don’t forget the September 1, 2014, deadline....

TANA Member, Juanita Turnipseed, Named to Tennessee Board of Nursing

By on Mar 7, 2014 in Announcements, Our Super Heroes | 52 comments

We are proud to announce that one of our TANA members, Juanita Turnipseed, was appointed to represent the 5th Congressional District as a member of the Tennessee Board of Nursing.  Below is a portion of the press release, which can be found in its entirety here.  Juanita Turnipseed, a certified nurse anesthetist (CRNA) for Anesthesia Medical Group (AMG), aPhyMed Healthcare Group Company and provider of innovative anesthesiology services, has been named to the Tennessee Board of Nursing, representing the 5th Congressional District. “In the thorough, aggressive search for candidates, your individual characteristics and professional qualifications were exceptional,” said Governor Bill Haslam in a letter to Turnipseed. Turnipseed, who works as one of Anesthesia Medical Group’s CRNAs was among the number of nominees who expressed interest. Her appointment to the 11-member nursing board is effective immediately and runs through September 2017. “I couldn’t be more honored to be named to the Board,” says Turnipseed, who has been with PhyMed since 2001. “Nursing is a serving profession, and I’m pleased to have the chance to serve the citizens of Tennessee in this new responsibility.” The Tennessee Board of Nursing was founded in 1911 to “safeguard the health, safety and welfare of Tennesseans by requiring that all who practice nursing within this state are qualified and licensed to practice.” “We are honored to have Juanita recognized by the Governor in this manner and to support nursing in the state of Tennessee,” said Frederick Miller, CEO PhyMed. A Note from TANA President Mark Haffey Mark Haffey CRNA, President of Tennessee Association of Nurse Anesthetists commented, “The Association is extremely pleased that Juanita Turnipseed CRNA was selected by the Governor to serve on the Board of Nursing.  It makes me extremely proud to have a member who is dedicated to serving her state.  She provides excellent anesthesia care to the patients of Tennessee and will continue as she serves the state of Tennessee in her role on the Board of Nursing.” The Tennessee Association of Nurse Anesthetists represents over 2100 CRNAs providing anesthesia in university medical centers, large and small hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, office-based clinics and in our VA healthcare facilities.  The CRNAs of Tennessee are dedicated to providing excellence in anesthesia care, while continuing to support leaders in education and research in the field of nurse...