News & Events

News & Events

New webpage coming soon!

AVANA is pleased to announce that our new and improved website should be complete soon! It will be much nicer and easier to navigate. We will need to re-establish our membership list by sending you a verification email. Be on the lookout for one!

2018 ALPS Scholarship

Now accepting applications for the 2018 ALPS Scholarship

AVANA is seeking to support SRNA education and the development of leadership skills by encouraging SRNAs to become actively involved in educational, advocacy, and leadership activities. AVANA believes that this will result in a stronger and more engaged group of future CRNAs. This project promises to be a very enriching educational experience and career development opportunity for the two selected SRNAs. Applications must be submitted between September 15th and December 1st, 2017

Click HERE to find out more, and share with any SRNAs you know!

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Click on the icon below to see the recently published brief on FPA by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation which so nicely highlights the accomplishments of the VA health care system.



“The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is the nation’s

largest philanthropy dedicated solely to health.

Since 1972, we’ve supported research and programs

targeting some of America’s most pressing

health issues—from substance abuse to improving

access to quality health care.”


A new way to join

Writing a check to AVANA every year can be a hassle – so thank you to our members who have been doing it!

This year, we have a much better way  – Payroll Deduction. AVANA dues will come out of your paycheck in the amount of $4.81 every two weeks, and you will no longer have to bother with renewing, writing checks, or paying online.

There is no other organization that supports education and advancement of nurse anesthetists within the VA healthcare system.  We strive to meet this goal through our efforts of education and advocacy.

What has  AVANA done for me?

  • AVANA’s founding members helped to open up the Chief Grade for all nurse anesthetists to attain and the position of Chief Nurse Anesthetist. Before this time Nurse Anesthetists were grouped in the same pay schedule as nurses. This required the passage of four legislative bills and many trips to Central Office and Congress, usually at personal expense, to lift the ceiling that most nurse anesthetists were at.
  • Helped establish the 1-3 step increase for Educational Advancement or election to a national office.
  • Pushed for permission for CRNAs to administer regional anesthesia.
  • Established “Compensatory Time” was for “rest and recuperation” of the CRNA, to be Accumulated and used instead of annual or sick leave, as AL required advance approval so the CRNA was left with SL to be used after a night of call. Again, it took the passage of several congressional bills for the VA to add compensatory time to the leave policy. The policy was changed from “use the morning after the hours were earned”, which was often impossible at many stations, to the “accumulation and use” when the individual needed it.
  • AVANA was very involved when the idea of “salary survey” was considered as a means of gaining a better hold on the correct salary for nurses and CRNAs. Two CRNAs attended the meeting in Central Office that designed this policy.
  • From the beginning, education was listed as AVANA’s first priority. In 1974 the first educational workshop was held in Des Moines, IA. Annual educational symposiums have continued in various locations nationally since that time. This year we were in Chicago, click on the photo to see more.

If this looks like something you would like to be a part of, here is our membership form: AVANA Membership Application

Thank you for taking great care of our Veterans!

Message from the AANA President

Dear Diane:

This week, Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins (R-KS), along with Congressmen Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), Andy Harris (R-MD), and John Moolenaar (R-MI),  re-introduced the ASA-backed “Medicare Access to Rural Anesthesiology Act” (HR 2881). The AANA is strongly opposing this legislation, but your member of Congress needs to hear from you as a constituent as well. Please take a minute to follow the steps below to contact your Representative today!

Though CRNAs are the predominate providers of anesthesia care in rural America, HR 2881 would provide additional funding to anesthesiologists serving in rural areas and place additional financial burdens on cash-strapped rural hospitals, without expanding access to care, improving quality, or lowering costs.  It also allows hospitals to seek reimbursement for anesthesiologists not providing direct anesthesia care.

HR 2881 has been introduced in the previous three Congresses, but efforts by the AANA halted the legislation from moving forward. With that in mind, it is critical that your Representative hear from you about the true impact of this legislation.

Instructions for Contacting Your Representative

1. Login to with your AANA user name and password.

2. You will be directed to a sample letter to edit and personalize. If you are a constituent of Reps. Jenkins, Cleaver, Harris, or Moolenaar, please feel free to add your disappointment with their cosponsorship.

3. Click “send letter.”

4. Let the AANA Federal Government Affairs Department know of any feedback you receive by emailing

Thank you for all of your work on behalf of our great profession.


Cheryl Nimmo, DNP, MSHSA, CRNA

AANA President

AVANA in Washington DC

Members of AVANA were in DC earlier this month at the AANA’s Mid-Year Assembly


Click on the photo to see more!

2017 ALPS Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations !

Girah Caraballo                                                               Amy Grant









                                                  Click HERE to read their stories

Now Accepting Nominations

We need your help!



Volunteer for the 2017-2018 AVANA Board of Directors, or volunteer to be Regional Director.



Know an AVANA member you think would be great? Nominate them!

The following positions will be vacant:

·         President Elect
·         Treasurer
·         Secretary
·         Director at Large
·         Eastern Regional Director
·         Central Regional Director
·         Southern Regional Director



Send nominations to

2016 ALPS Scholarship

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Now accepting applications for the 2016 ALPS Scholarship. Airfare and two nights hotel stay will be sponsored to attend the AANA’s Mid-Year Assembly in Washington DC in 2017. Don’t delay – the deadline for applications is December  15, 2016.apply_now_button

Bob Dole Supports FPA

Thank you for you service and your support Senator Dole!


Senator Robert J. Dole is a World War II Veteran, former Senate Majority Leader and 1996 Republican candidate for president.

You can read his guest column from HERE

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, CRNA, Penny Jensen, FNP-C, and Sherry Swearngin, CRNA

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)