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CRNA Week 2016!

January 24 – 30, 2016

2016 National CRNA Week Banner

National CRNA Week is celebrated the last full week in January on an annual basis. 2015 marked the 15th National CRNA Week, which began in 2000.
National CRNA Week is the AANA’s annual celebration of anesthesia patient safety and the nation’s 49,000+ Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists and student registered nurse anesthetists who safely and cost-effectively provide approximately 40 million anesthetics each year. Known as National Nurse Anesthetists Week as recently as 2014, the new name for this popular event helps patients, hospital administrators, healthcare professionals, policymakers, and others become more familiar with the CRNA credential and the exceptional advanced practice registered nurses who have earned it.
For more information, ideas, and suggestions visit  AANA CRNA Week

2016-2017 AVANA Membership Renewal

2016-2017 AVANA Membership

It is time to renew your AVANA membership or join if you are not a member. Go to the Membership page, fill in your information and submit.

Thank you

AVANA Membership Committee

Scholarship Donations

‘Tis the Season!

As we are all out and about playing Santa’s helpers, don’t forget the Student Nurse Anesthetist who are studying hard, taking finals and working long hours to achieve their dreams.  This is the perfect opportunity to send a little support for them.

Rising among the ranks are some outstanding Student Nurse Anesthetists, the future leaders of our profession!  We have the privilege of selecting two promising and highly qualified students to participate in the AVANA Leadership Project for 2016. Through this project these students will be supported in attending meetings and mentored by AVANA CRNA Leaders.

Please help us in supporting and mentoring these two students by sending a donation to the AVANA Scholarship Fund.  Donations are not tax-deductible but they do make a difference in providing leadership opportunities for our future CRNAs. This is also a great way to introduce SRNAs to AVANA and potential employment.

Funds can be sent to AVANA electronically via the website,,  or mailed to Melanie Clemens.


Rebecca Steinhardt CRNA, Scholarship Committee Chairman

VA CRNA’s in leadership positions

AVANA would like to recognize a few of our current members who are involved in leadership positions.

  • Edward Salkind: William Jennings Bryan Dorn VAMC, Columbia, SC

    AANA Practice Committee Member

  • Chris Orrell:  Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System, Biloxi, MS

    VA Surgical Plan of Care Committee

  • Dan Lovinaria: Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Health Care System, Minneapolis MN

    President Minnesota Association of Nurse Anesthetists (MANA)                                      

    Public Relations Chairman: AANA

  • Angie Mund: Past President of Association of Veterans Affairs Nurse Anesthetists

    Chairman of the AANA PAC Committee

                       Secretary South Carolina Association of Nurse Anesthetists (SCANA)

  • Lisa Lucas: Memphis Veterans Affairs Medical Center

    OR Flow Committee

                       Out of OR Airway Management Committee

                       CPR Committee

                              Ad hoc to Nurse Liaison Committee

Public relations Committee and Nominating Committee Tennessee Association of Nurse Anesthetists (TANA)

  • Sherry Swearngin: Boise Veterans Affairs Medical Center  

    Chairman of Boise VA APRN Committee

AANA Foundation Representative for Idaho