News & Events

2017 AVANA Education Meeting

May 17th – 21st, 2017 at the Chicago Westin O’Hare Hotel

 westin chicago

Regional Workshop on May 17th!

Lectures and presentations May 18th – 21st

The Westin O’Hare is just minutes from O’Hare International Airport and provides a complimentary shuttle service that departs from the hotel. Additionally, you’re just walking distance to the Blue Line “EL” train providing service to downtown Chicago. Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont Theater, MB Financial Park and the new Fashion Outlets of Chicago are just minutes away.

Now looking for posters presentations, speakers, and vendors. Contact

More details to follow. Check back soon!

AHA expresses support for VA proposed rule on advanced practice RNs


The AHA Friday expressed its full support for a Department of Veterans Affairs’ proposed rule that would allow all advanced practice registered nurses to practice to the full extent of their education and training. “This proposal is critical to ensuring that an adequate supply of quality licensed health providers is available to care for the more than 9 million veterans served annually by the VA system,” wrote Ashley Thompson, AHA senior vice president for public policy analysis and development.  

The American Hospital Association (AHA) is the national organization that represents and serves all types of hospitals, health care networks, and their patients and communities. Nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, other providers of care and 43,000 individual members come together to form the AHA.


AANA2016Association of Veterans Affairs Nurse Anesthetists at the 2016 AANA Annual Congress

Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel



Garrett Peterson, Penny Jensen, and Sherry Swearngin

Special Guest: Penny Jensen DNP, APRN, FNP-C, FAAN, FAANP

Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Nursing Service

Liaison for National APRN Policy

Author of the VA APRN Proposed Rule AP44


When: Sunday, September 11th, 2016

Time: 1730 – 1900

Room: Taft (located on Mezzanine Level)



AMVETS Supports Us, And We Support Them!

After learning more about who we are and what we do, AMVETS has given its support to the proposed regulation granting Full Practice Authority to APRNs in the VA! As one of America’s leading veterans service organizations with over 250,000 members, AMVETS (or American Veterans) has a proud history of assisting veterans and sponsoring numerous programs that serve our country and its citizens. You can read their letter HERE





Paralyzed Veterans of America Support FPA for APRNs!


The Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) has come out in support of Full Practce Authority for APRNs in the VA. Many of these brave heroes recieved battlefield anesthesia from a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist! You can read their letter HERE