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TANA Leaders Tell All: What Serving You Means to Them

By on Jul 13, 2015 in Announcements, Board Updates | 0 comments

It’s time once again for TANA members to choose those who will serve them throughout the coming years as TANA officers, board members, district directors, and committee members.  And time is running out to submit your Intent to Serve forms. If you have an interest in serving, please click here to complete this form no later than Wednesday, July 15, 2015.  You can also read more about the positions currently being filled and the requirements for each by clicking here. To help answer your questions about why we serve, we thought we would ask some current TANA leaders what serving their state association has meant to them.  Read a few of their responses as to what they’ve enjoyed about giving back to their profession and how much they have benefitted both personally and professionally from the experience. “I chose to serve TANA to give back to the profession that has given me so much.  I had no experience with this type of work on the state level previously, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I quickly learned that I gained an immediate support system of mentors and colleagues from across the state to help guide and educated me. As a District Director, I realized that the time commitment was not overwhelming, and that the experience I was gaining was worth more than the time I volunteered.  Networking has also been one of the most valuable aspects of serving TANA.  I’ve always said that the anesthesia community is very small, but in serving as your state President, I realize that this still holds true at the national level.  Because I served, I now have a more fully developed appreciation for nurse anesthesia as a profession, and not just an ordinary job.” -Julie Bonom, CRNA, DNP, APN TANA President “Starting with my first meeting, serving on the board has been very eye opening, and the educational value is priceless. I now realize what happens behind the scenes and how much time is volunteered. The time on the board has allowed me to meet senators, representatives, and many other influential people, along with many new friends. It has been an honor to serve on the board and one I feel anyone should do if you are so driven.” -Bob Silvia, CRNA, MS, APN District II Director “I have been blessed to have the opportunity to serve on the TANA board. I believe strongly with much privilege comes much responsibility. I also believe it is important to pay it forward. Many CRNAs have gone before me advancing the profession so I may enjoy the fruits of their labor. Can I do any less? I am grateful to be a CRNA; it has been a great blessing to me and my family. I also have learned so much from the experienced and talented board members who work diligently to protect our right to practice. I have entered a profession not just taken a great job. Our right to practice is always in danger and being involved gives me a great deal of satisfaction serving our members. I would suggest the more your involvement the more your appreciation.” Matt Demaree, CRNA, MSN, APN District III...

Another Student Testimonial from the 2015 Mid-Year Assembly

By on May 14, 2015 in AANA, Student Success | 0 comments

Here’s another student testimonial from Darlesia Denise Smith, SRNA, about her experiences at the 2015 Mid-Year Assembly. The experience at the 2015 Mid-Year Assembly opened my eyes to what every CRNA and SRNA should engage in for the future of the profession. I had the opportunity to learn so much valuable information on the legislative bill process, advocacy, local and national policy issues, and how valuable CRNAs really are in healthcare. This assembly opened my eyes to how much time and dedication the AANA, CRNAs, Senators, and Congressmen spend to protect the practice. As a student, I felt so privileged to be able to participate in having a voice for currently practicing CRNAs and those to come. After visiting Capitol Hill and sitting in the offices of our district Senators and Congressmen, I do not take for granted the invaluable conversations and am very appreciative of the time they take to listen. It is definitely something that I will always remember and share with my fellow SRNA colleagues. Thank you TANA, Nurse Anesthesia Program Directors, AANA, and everyone else involved in making this opportunity possible for SRNAs! Darlesia Denise Smith, SRNA Class of 2016 at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga UTC Nurse Anesthesia students with Dr. Linda Hill, TANA President Julie Bonom, and Congressman Fleischmann UTC Nurse Anesthesia students Darlesia Smith, SRNA, and Meg Duggan,...

TANA Members Attend AANA Mid Year Assembly in Washington – Student Testimonial

By on Apr 30, 2015 in AANA, Student Success | 0 comments

Over 35 TANA Members attended the AANA Mid Year Assembly in Washington D.C. where they visited with our U.S. Representatives from Tennessee, and attended a Tennessee Tuesday event to meet with our U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker.   Below is a testimonial from Elizabeth Roehner, SRNA from UT Knoxville about what attending the event meant to her: Traveling to Washington DC to represent the CRNA practice in the state of Tennessee was both exciting and educational. I learned so much from seeing how the national organization, AANA, plays a huge role in our practice by protecting and fighting for our opportunities to provide safe and effective patient care. There is so much activity that goes on behind the scenes that makes our daily practice possible, that it makes sense why our monetary contributions to TANA and AANA are a necessity. Meeting my Senator and Congressman showed me how face-to-face interaction with true decision makers can make a difference! These relationships are important to establish and nurture in order to protect the CRNA practice in Tennessee. I am so thankful for this opportunity and experience! Sarah Combs, SRNA and Elizabeth Roehner, SRNA from UT Knoxville in front of the Capitol...

Another Student Testimonial from the 2015 AANA Mid Year Assembly

By on Apr 30, 2015 in AANA, Student Success | 1 comment

Here’s another testimonial from an SRNA who attended the 2015 AANA Mid Year Assembly. I would like to thank TANA for the amazing opportunity to attend the 2015 AANA MYA.  In my opinion, this experience was priceless in so many ways.  By attending the MYA I was able to not only become politically active personally, I was also able to connect and network with like minded CRNAs and SRNAs whose goals are to further our profession.  Meeting the senators and house representatives was a brand new experience and made me realize how important the AANA and PAC institutions truly are.  As prospective CRNAs it is easy for us to master the clinical aspect of nurse anesthesia but the MYA highlighted the “elephant in the room” topics that are often left out in the classroom; One of which is the business of nurse anesthesia. Rubbing shoulders with past, present, and future presidents of state and national associations was a major benefit to attending the DC assembly.  I was able to pick their brains and inquire about their paths to success in the CRNA profession. The networking benefit of the event was invaluable, I was able to connect with Stephen D. Smith of Georgia, Lena Gould, CRNA, Senator Bob Corker, CRNAs from Delaware, and so many others.  By networking and  having these contacts, it would be easier to gain employment nationwide upon graduation in July of 2016.  Thanks again to TANA, and TANA FPD, Vic Martin, CRNA, for the opportunity! Pelu Ogunyemi, BSN, SRNA Nurse Anesthesia Track – Class 2016 Class President Doctor of Nursing Practice Union University Union University SRNAs (Ian Bicol, Scott Awtry, and Pelu Ogunyemi) with Dennis Bless, CRNA (immediate Past President of AANA) and Sharon Pearce, CRNA (AANA President) Diversity in Nurse Anesthesia Mentorship Program Luncheon with Students from Union University Union University SRNAs (Ian Bicol, Scott Awtry, and Pelu Ogunyemi) networking with SRNAs from across the...

Update and Photos from TANA Day on the Hill

By on Mar 31, 2015 in Update from the Hill | 0 comments

We thought you might enjoy an update from this year’s TANA Day on the Hill, which was held on March 4th.  On this day, TANA members visited over 80 of our state legislators to share what CRNAs do and the role they play in delivering quality health care to patients across the great state of Tennessee.  Senator Steve Dickerson welcomed all TANA members who participated in the Tennessee House Chamber.  Altogether they represented all TANA Districts and each of the six anesthesia schools in our state. Thank you to all who participated in making this day a success!  Below are some photos from this event.  Senator Steve Dickerson is pictured with our TANA members, TANA GR Chair Dina Veloccia, and TANA Lobbyist and Political Director Tausha Alexander....

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....