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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

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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 Director

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