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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...

National CRNA Week – Student Spotlight, Part 3

By on Feb 2, 2015 in National Nurse Anesthetist Week, Student Success | 0 comments

            Meet another future CRNA, Kelly Woodard.  Read Kelly’s story about her experience before attending school to become a CRNA.  Find out how her career as a nurse allowed her to see the world and why her 40’s is going to be her best decade yet! Kelly Woodard, BSN, SRNA CO 2015 Lincoln Memorial University I received my ADN from Shawnee State University in 2000 and my BSN from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2012. My nursing experience includes 2 years as a staff ICU RN, 8 years as an ICU travel RN and 5 years as a PACU RN. I feel blessed to have been a nurse for the past 15 years. My career has lead me around the world where I have been privileged to care for, meet, and work with many amazing people. I am excited about my future as a Nurse Anesthetist and look forward to continuing my nursing career for many years to come. January 1, 2015 marked my 40th birthday, so this year will be one of my most accomplished years thus far. I am currently a senior at Lincoln Memorial University and ecstatic about graduating in December 2015! Happy CRNA...

National CRNA Week – Student Spotlight, Part 2

By on Jan 30, 2015 in National Nurse Anesthetist Week, Student Success | 48 comments

Meet Andrew Rice, another one of our outstanding SRNA student members!   Read about how his previous experience in the medical field helped prepare him for his role as a future CRNA and how he’s aligned his career path with his faith and convictions. Hello! My name is Andrew Rice, and I am a senior SRNA at Union University in Jackson, TN. Before I began my education at Union, I was a board certified Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and a charge nurse in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Nashville, TN. In my search for an anesthesia school, I wanted to find a program that combined the best anesthesia training with a Christian worldview. I knew I was where I belonged within a few minutes of meeting the faculty at Union. During my time at Union, I have had opportunities and experiences that will forever impact my life and future practice as a CRNA. I was able to travel to the Dominican Republic for the annual Union University Nurse Anesthesia Mission Trip. While in the Dominican Republic, I had the unique opportunity of not only providing anesthesia, but performing minor surgery and primary medical care to those in need. I have also attended the AANA Mid-Year Assembly in Washington, D.C. and have been a member of the TANA-PAC and TANA Government Relations Committees. As a SRNA, I am developing my ability to become an autonomous anesthesia provider as I look forward to my upcoming graduation. Current and future students, I encourage you to be involved in your state nurse anesthesia association and become vigilant anesthesia providers because you are the future of anesthesia care...

National CRNA Week – Student Spotlight

By on Jan 28, 2015 in National Nurse Anesthetist Week, Student Success | 0 comments

In honor of National CRNA Week, we’re highlighting a few of our TANA members.  Meet student member Courtney E. Yamber.  Here’s her story about how she came to live in and love Tennessee, what she likes most about providing anesthesia care to patients, and her advice for her fellow SRNAs. Courtney E. Yamber   I am a junior SRNA at the University of Tennessee Knoxville class of 2016. My choice to become a UT Volunteer may be hard to believe as I am a native Floridian and BSN graduate of the University of Florida Gators. However, the University of Tennessee is a perfect fit for me; I love my school, my professors, my classmates and the endless opportunities that are molding me into a future CRNA. I have also fallen for the state of Tennessee as my new home; I love the mountains and cooler weather with the change of seasons. This move to Tennessee is permanent. Prior to pursuing my dream of becoming a CRNA, I worked as a nurse for UF Health at Shands in Gainesville, Florida, on the Burn ICU. I am excited to join a field that is so patient-focused in such critical situations. Procedures requiring anesthesia can be especially frightening and disconcerting for both the patient and their loved ones. As a SRNA I am learning to independently provide attentive anesthesia with the utmost importance directed towards patient safety, as well as developing trust and security with my patients to ease their uncertainties and fears. I encourage future SRNAs to pursue the career of CRNA with passion and boldness and to be steadfast in your search for knowledge and desire to care for the patients who need you most....

Help Promote National CRNA Week on Social Media

By on Jan 23, 2015 in AANA, National Nurse Anesthetist Week | 0 comments

Please see the message below from AANA President Sharon Pearce.  Check out the social media events scheduled throughout National CRNA Week by visiting the AANA website, and remember to use the hashtag #CRNAWeek to help promote this year’s campaign and spread the word about the incredible work CRNAs do to help millions of patients each year.  Happy CRNA Week! Dear Colleagues, National CRNA Week (#CRNAWeek) starts next week (January 25-31, 2015), and what better time than now to take advantage of today’s social media landscape to educate others about how CRNAs ensure patient access to safe, cost-effective anesthesia care? As you may know, social media provides immediacy, accessibility, and can unite people like no other information-sharing medium. Sometimes referred to as a means to achieve mass persuasion, today’s social platforms serve as the driving force behind changing public opinion, harnessing thoughts that lead to actions, and reaching people across boundaries. The power of social media such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and others is evident in the role social media have played in national awareness campaigns such as the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, or even on the political front, such as helping to increase enrollment for the Affordable Care Act. Moving forward, we as CRNAs and student registered nurse anesthetists can have fun creating our own successes by collectively promoting this year’s CRNA Week through the use of online social spaces. Be sure to use the official hashtag for this year’s campaign (#CRNAWeek), and take advantage of the wealth of social media ideas and resources provided to you on the AANA website. Also, be sure to participate in the AANA social media events that will occur every day during CRNA Week. You can find us on Facebook at AANA/American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, and on Twitter by searching for the official AANA handle @AANAWebUpdates. You can also find us on LinkedIn by searching “American Association of Nurse Anesthetists,” and follow us on Instagram at aanaphotos. Most importantly, enjoy using social media to creatively spread the word about our remarkable profession and the important work we do on behalf of millions of patients each year. Best wishes for a successful CRNA Week Sharon Pearce, CRNA, MSN AANA...

A Super Hero Update: Shannan and Jessica’s Story of Make-shift OR’s and More

By on Jan 23, 2014 in National Nurse Anesthetist Week, Our Super Heroes, Uncategorized | 1 comment

When we heard about the medical mission trip that Shannan Case and Jessica Ginn went on, we knew we had to include them in our CRNA Week series: Super Heroes. Wow! The things they experienced are, well, we’ll let you make your own opinion on that. Here’s there story:   During our first medical mission trip with Drs. Ed and Olivia Cabigao, we were truly blessed with an opportunity of a lifetime. After many obstacles including a gunman in LAX, a delayed flight for two days, an 18 hour flight, and just dodging the Super Typhoon Yolanda, the people of Baliwag, Philippines welcomed us with immense hospitality. The hospital and surroundings were far from anything we had ever seen. The area was poverty stricken and the hospital was functioning on bare minimum supplies. The anesthesia machine consisted of a five liter flow meter, APL valve, CO2 absorber, circuit, reservoir bag, H cylinder oxygen supply, and scavenging out of the window. There were no ventilators in the entire hospital.  The OR was set up for two simultaneous surgeries with only one suction for the entire room to be shared by all. The only air conditioning in the hospital was in the OR, which was a window unit. Bare necessities included betadine soaked cotton balls for surgical prep, non-adjustable operating room tables, one main OR light and a stand alone light for both operating teams.  We provided general and/or regional anesthetics for a variety of surgeries including hysterectomies, thyroidectomies, cholecystectomies, hernia repairs, several mass removals, an orchiectomy, GI endoscopies, and a nephrectomy. We also did a few pediatric patients with the youngest at five years of age. They were the bravest; IV’s were put in prior to induction and they walked to the OR table without even a whimper. Patients recovered in a room with no continuous monitoring capability, H-cylinder oxygen supply, and a window air conditioning unit. Few of them requested pain meds or antiemetics. Surprisingly, the majority of the patients were relatively healthy. We had a great team of medical professionals that all worked well together in providing a service to an area in desperate need of medical care ranging from health screenings to major surgery. Even though the conditions were less than what we in the United States would consider acceptable, we feel it was an inspiring trip and, hopefully, the first of many more.                       ...