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TASNA Representative to Volunteer with Red Cross in the Philippines

By on Dec 12, 2013 in Announcements, Our Super Heroes, Student Success | 0 comments

TANA members: We have 2 CRNA Students who are from hard hit areas in the Philippines that were devastated by Typhoon Haiyan. This includes Tacloban City, where our TASNA Representative to the TANA Board, Ian Bicol, is from. Ian will be leaving for Tacloban City to help with the relief efforts on December 13 where he will spend his J-term volunteering with the Red Cross. Please click  here to read, in Ian’s words, about the devastation to his hometown including an update on his family. If you are interested, click here to make a donation and support the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. Most of all, Ian is asking for us to please pray for his safe travels and for the people of the Philippines. He will update us when he returns...

SAVE THE DATE: TANA Day On The Hill

By on Dec 12, 2013 in Announcements, Update from the Hill | 1 comment

Please join us for the annual TANA Day on the Hill! CRNA participation is important, and it does make a difference! So, mark your calendars for Tuesday, March 4, 2014! TANA Day on the Hill will begin at 8:00 a.m. For the past seven years, TANA has hosted a Day on the Hill event and Legislative Reception. It is a great event that allows our association to highlight the CRNA profession. It not only serves to educate legislators on issues, but also helps them to get to know their constituents. Why is this year important? TANA Day on the Hill provides an opportunity for association members to:  introduce themselves to their legislators show our strength in numbers let people know what CRNAs do, and what is important to us We had MANY legislators thank us for stopping in to see them last year in their own environment. You will be given talking points to assist in the process. We just ask that you take a day (or a few hours), come to Nashville, and come to the TANA booth to represent CRNAs from across the state. Again this year … TANA will host a reception in the evening following Day on the Hill to spend more time in a relaxed environment visiting with our elected officials. We had a great turnout last year, and even if you cannot attend during the day, we hope you can drop in for this event. And, TANA WILL PAY FOR YOUR PARKING! Here are the details: Day on the Hill Reception Puckett’s Grocery, Downtown Nashville 5:00-7:00 p.m.  If you plan to attend, RSVP to the TANA office by phone (615-329-3450) or by commenting below. Let us know who your legislators are and we will arrange appointments for you. If you are not sure who represents your district go to  http://www.legislature.state.tn.us/ and type in your zip code, or we can assist you. TANA will have giveaways, CRNA Fact Sheets, and other information for you to hand out. A more detailed schedule will follow soon. Please give us a day to help keep your practice viable. Thanks, and see you...

Save The Date

By on Nov 20, 2013 in Announcements, TANA Annual Meeting | 0 comments

It’s official! The date for the 2014 TANA Annual Meeting has been set! Mark your calendars NOW for October 3-5, 2014! And, we are already trying to line up speakers and plan workshops. Mike Morel, CRNA, TANA Program Chair wants your feedback as soon as possible. Please comment below with your ideas and suggestions or email  info@tncrna.com. Our 2014 meeting is a week earlier than normal, and we’re already counting down with excitement until we get to see you all again at the Embassy Suites in Murfreesboro! Thanks for helping us plan a really great educational, informative and fun 2014 Annual Meeting!...

Want to be the next TASNA Liaison to the TANA Board?

By on Sep 13, 2013 in Announcements, Student Success | 0 comments

Hey Students! It’s time to apply to be the next TASNA Liaison to the TANA Board!  This is a fun way to get involved in the association. All you have to do is submit your name to be the next TASNA Representative. You can find the candidate packet with instructions here. All nominations are due by October 4!  The vote will take place at TANA’s Annual Meeting on Saturday, October 12, at 9:15 a.m. in a meeting held just for TASNA members by secret ballot. If you have questions about what it is like to serve in this position, and the time it takes, the benefits or downside of being in the role, you can email current TASNA Representative Meredith Goldman Holtz at mggoldman11@gmail.com. Your questions will be confidential.  You can also call the TANA office at...

Join us at Miller’s Grocery to benefit TANA-PAC

By on Sep 4, 2013 in Announcements, Making an imPACt, TANA Annual Meeting | 1 comment

  You can make an imPACt by joining fellow TANA members for a fun-filled evening to benefit TANA-PAC on Saturday, October 12 at 7 p.m.! Join us at the famous Miller’s Grocery in Christiana, TN for dinner, drinks (beer, and wine will be provided), live music, and the biggest desserts in the south! It’s just a 10-minute drive from our convention hotel, or you can ride the bus to and from the event (provided by TANA). All participants will get a memorabilia t-shirt as a thank you for helping us make an imPACt. So, don’t wait any longer, REGISTER TODAY! We can only take the first 50 people to sign up! To register for the TANA-PAC Miller’s Grocery night of fun, sign up when you register for the annual meeting. Or, if you live in the area and aren’t planning to attend the meeting, you can just join us for the PAC event even if not attending the meeting! History: Miller’s Grocery was in continuous operation as a country store for over 75 years in the once bustling whistle-stop community of Christiana, TN that included a 3-story hotel, a bank, a telephone office and some 15 other businesses. In 1995, the building was restored as an antique filled, country cafe featuring home-style Southern cooking and award winning “from scratch” desserts. The name “Miller’s Grocery” remains in memory of long-time proprietor Mr. Stanley Miller and as a tribute to a by-gone era.                     ...

Vote Meredith Goldman Holtz

By on Aug 9, 2013 in Announcements, Student Success | 2 comments

Hello Everyone! I am very pleased that TANA has given me the opportunity to be a part of the new blog! My name is Meredith Holtz, but most people still know me as Meredith Goldman due to the fact that I just got married two short months ago! I was born in Knoxville, Tennessee to Mitch and Margy Goldman. I have three older brothers, although my parents always tell me that if they had me first, they would have been too exhausted to have any other kiddos. I grew up as a Vol fan in Knoxville, and I am pretty convinced that I bleed orange along with the rest of the town. Growing up with three brothers of course means that I am a tomboy and not afraid of a good challenge. I attended East Tennessee State University where I played four years of collegiate soccer, but more importantly my love for the profession of nursing was born. I earned my bachelors in Nursing from ETSU and immediately went to work at University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville. With my sights set on becoming a CRNA, I completed two years work on a Med/Surg Floor before moving to the Trauma/Neuro/Surgical ICU. My dreams became more of a reality when I was admitted to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville Nurse Anesthesia Concentration in March of 2011. I am currently a junior at UT, but in a week I will earn the title of a senior, which means the countdown is officially on! I live in West Knoxville, with my husband (its still weird to type that), Bradley and our cat (although she acts like a dog), Luna. Last October, my 14 classmates, our fearless leaders (Dr. Bell, Julie Bonom and Terri Preast), and myself packed up and went to Murphreesboro for the annual TANA meeting. We attended seminars, watched my beloved Vols lose to that school from Tuscaloosa, but most importantly I began my journey as the Tennessee Association of Student Nurse Anesthetists representative. Being chosen by the students is an honor, but the big honor is getting to attend meeting and meet CRNA’s and students from all over the state! We are very lucky to have such awesome TANA board members on the front lines of our profession. In January, I was surfing the AANA website and found out that the AANA has an election every year to choose one student to serve as a student representative on the Education Committee. Ding! A light bulb went off in my head. I immediately scheduled a meeting with our program director to discuss whether this was feasible with our busy schedule. Without hesitation, Dr Bell looked at me from behind his desk decorated with photos of his wife, cats and Tennessee football memorabilia said, “Meredith, go for it, we will make it work. ” With his encouragement, and the always comforting cheerleading and support from Julie, Terri, and Alisa (our program backbones), I am on my way to Vegas to proudly represent my program and my state. My decision to run for the Education committee sprouted from the undying love for education that my parents instilled in me. For me, education is a life long challenge and if you as my friends, I RARELY back down from a challenge! George Washington Carver summed it up for me when he wrote “ The education of a man is never complete until he dies.” My personal education will not end after graduation next year, in fact, I am certain that it will never end. Below is my position statement that I am using as my platform to be elected as the student representative for the Education Committee. Please read on and enjoy! And if you find yourself at the meeting in Las Vegas, help team up with us to represent the state of Tennessee proudly! (And I could use a little campaign help too!) It’s 1:14am. I just finished my 9th case of the night and I’ve been let go to rest with my ticking time bomb of a pager until another case comes in. I am a junior SRNA at the University of Tennessee. As loud and startling as my pager’s call is, I still love the sound of it going off. I love the sound because every time it awakens me, there is a mystery behind what I am getting ready to step into. I love the mystery and puzzle of every patient that rolls onto my OR table. The demands of being an SRNA are such that we often lose sight of the bigger picture of what we have gotten ourselves into. With the combination of mental and physical exhaustion, we sometimes find ourselves just hoping to survive the day. I would be lying to you if I told you that I am not guilty of feeling that way. However, I would also be lying to you if I told you that I got into this profession for the money. As we all know, the salaries are not what they used to be, and the demand for education is increasing as healthcare reform sets in. Anesthesia nursing is at the forefront of the changes, therefore, the requirements to become a nurse anesthetist are also changing. We do not just need professionals in the field of anesthesia, it is imperative that we have professionals that want to teach and enrich the lives...