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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...

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...

Support Second Harvest Food Bank at the TANA Annual Meeting

By on Oct 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

TANA Members, We will once again be supporting the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee by collecting food donations at the TANA Annual Meeting. If you are attending the meeting we ask that you please bring as many food items as you would like to donate.  Below is a list of the most needed items. You can find more information here about the scope of services they provide and the impact they’re making right here in our very own state.  You can also visit secondharvestmidtn.org to learn more....

Fun Run/Walk to Benefit TANA-PAC

By on Sep 29, 2015 in TANA Annual Meeting, Uncategorized | 1 comment

Don’t forget to throw in your running shoes when you pack your bags for the TANA 78th Annual Meeting!  We’re kicking off our Saturday schedule of events with a 2-mile fun run/walk, leaving from the front of the conference center. There will be lots of giveaways, as well as prizes for the fastest participants.  It’s sure to be a lot of fun, not to mention a great way to actively protect your profession as all proceeds benefit TANA-PAC!  You can register the morning of the event or any time prior by clicking...

More Guest Speakers for Saturday Sessions at TANA Annual Meeting

By on Sep 25, 2015 in TANA Annual Meeting | 0 comments

We announced the speakers for the Friday sessions of the TANA Annual Meeting, and below you’ll find the guest speakers scheduled for the Saturday sessions, as well as the topics they’ll be presenting.  If you missed the blog post highlighting the Friday speakers, you can find it here.  See the full meeting agenda by clicking here. David Gaskin, CRNA, MHS, CPT USAR “Massive Blood Transfusion Protocols; Why You Need One”  David Gaskin has more than 15 years experience in the anesthesia field.  He has held positions in metropolitan and rural areas, practicing in both a care team approach and independent environments. He currently practices in Huntsville, Texas. A huge proponent for regional education, David and two partners own Maverick Regional Anesthesia Education and teach practicing CRNAs peripheral nerve block techniques. He has served as co-clinical coordinator for Texas Wesleyan University’s anesthesia program and continues to work with Texas Christian University students teaching regional anesthesia techniques. A desire to serve his country since a young man was brought to fruition at 47 years old, when David commissioned as an officer in the United States Army Reserves. He served his first combat deployment at FOB Shank, Afghanistan in 2014. David earned his BSN at Texas Christian University and his Masters of Health Science at Texas Wesleyan University. He has 3 grown children with his first grandson due any day. He and his wife, Dena, have been married 30 years and enjoy traveling and outdoor activities. Debra A. Barber, CRNA, DNP, AANA Region II Director “AANA Update” Ms. Barber received a BSN from Northwestern State University (1986), a MS in Nurse Anesthesia (1992) from Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (2012) at BCM. She is currently a practicing nurse anesthetist in Louisville, KY. Upon graduation from BCM, she practiced cardiac anesthesia at The Methodist Hospital’s Fondren Brown. In Louisville, Ms Barber spent 5 years at Jewish Hospital where she anesthetized the world’s first fully implantable artificial heart, the Abiocor. Ms. Barber participated in 5 of the Abiocor implants and published a case report related to the second case in which the recipient lived. Gwenn D. Randall, PhD, CRNA, ARNP “Beauty and the Beast” “Patient Safety: Whose Responsibility Is It Anyway?” Dr. Gwenn D. Randall is a seasoned CRNA with a broad background in health care and education, including hospital administration and business entities. Dr. Randall received B.S. degrees from Howard University and Norfolk State University, a Master’s of Science in Nurse Anesthesia from St. Joseph’s University/Pennsylvania Hospital School of Nurse Anesthesia, Master of Science in Nursing from Temple University, and a PhD in Nursing from Barry University. She completed a 1 year postdoc fellowship in simulation and has lectured nationally and internationally on anesthesia and simulation topics. Currently, she is providing locums coverage around the country and developing her simulation...

Meet Your Friday Guest Speakers for the TANA Annual Meeting!

By on Sep 22, 2015 in TANA Annual Meeting | 1 comment

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....

TANA Call for Posters!

By on Aug 20, 2015 in TANA Annual Meeting | 3 comments

You should consider creating a poster to be displayed during the symposium that will be held during the TANA Annual Meeting.  Read below for more information about the requirements and deadline....

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...