Meet Your Friday Guest Speakers for the TANA Annual Meeting!

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Are you getting excited about the TANA 78th Annual Meeting coming up October 16th-18th?  If you haven’t already reserved your room at the Embassy Suites, make sure you do so as soon as possible as September 25th is the final day to book at the discounted rate.  You can make a reservation online by clicking here or calling 615-890-4464 or 1-800-EMBASSY.  Make sure to reference group code ANA when you book.

Now here’s a sneak peek at a few of your Friday session topics and a bit more information about the featured guest speakers.  You can also click here to see the full agenda for the event.

John Bing, CRNA

“Diversity and Mentorship in Nurse Anesthesia”

John Bing, CRNA, is the President of the Diversity in Nurse Anesthesia Mentorship Program and has served since 2009. He is the owner and founder of J. Bing and Associates Anesthesia Services where he has provided anesthesia for independent practices, hospitals, and outpatient centers for twenty five years. He is a graduate of both the University of the District of Columbia and George Washington University’s School of Nurse Anesthesia.

Since graduating, he has accomplished a lot, including 16 years of experience at the University of Maryland’s Shock Trauma Center. He was the first CRNA to be appointed by Maryland’s Governor Martin O’Malley to the Board of Nursing. He has served two consecutive terms as the President of the Maryland Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA), was a member of the organization’s Resolutions Committee, and the Chair of their Political Action Committee.

Currently, he serves as the Chair for the University of Maryland’s School of Nursing Board of Visitors and is the first nurse anesthetist to assume the position. Bing’s talents extend beyond the conventional operating room to the makeshift ORs in Central America where he provides anesthesia for the underserved children in need of plastic and reconstructive work. Bing mentors the next generation of underrepresented minority nurse anesthetists and, most recently, his accomplishments were highlighted in the prestigious Washingtonian Magazine.

Laura Wright, PhD, MNA, CRNA

“The Sad Side of CRNAs: Work Pressures and Depression”

“Anesthesia for the Addicted Patient”

Laura Wright completed her Ph.D. in Nursing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in December of 2012. Her dissertation explored opioid dependency, recovery, and return to work among nurse anesthetists in recovery from opioid dependence.  Dr. Wright sits on the AANA Peer Assistance Advisor Committee; as one of her roles on the committee she is helping build a library of chemical dependency information and provide guidance for students and CRNAs interested in researching chemical dependency.

Dr. Wright is the AANA State Peer Assistant Advisor for Alabama and a Board member for the Alabama Board of Nursing. She also serves as the Faculty and Assistant Coordinator for the Nurse Anesthesia Track at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Frank Purcell

“Beyond the ACA: Health Reform and CRNA’s”

“Your Money and Your Life: Fundamentals of CRNA Reimbursement and Advocacy”

Frank Purcell serves as Senior Director, Federal Government Affairs for the 48,000-member American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA), heading its Washington D.C. office and leading its advocacy work before Congress and federal agencies affecting CRNA reimbursement and practice. Under his leadership and at the AANA Board’s direction, the AANA D.C. team has developed and secured adoption of federal policy to promote healthcare quality improvements, access and cost savings through greater use of CRNAs and other APRNs.

Before he joined the AANA in 2000, Frank served 11 years on Capitol Hill on the staffs of three members of Congress. He earned his bachelor’s with high honors from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, undertook MBA coursework at the Washington campus of Johns Hopkins University, and is a 2013 graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education program on healthcare delivery policy.  Most recently, CEO Update named him a Top Lobbyist in Washington for 2013, on having secured Medicare provisions covering CRNA services to their full scope of practice.

A competitive U.S. Masters swimmer and a longtime National Multiple Sclerosis Society Bike MS team captain, he and his family live in the Washington D.C. suburb of Herndon, Virginia.


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