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 meeting.