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New VA Directive 1123

Nov 17, 2019

AVANA worked hard for years on this one – for you! Below are the correspondences leading to the new governing document for anesthesia practice in the VHA system. Compare for yourself. As a reminder, VHA Handbooks and Directives are mandatory Department of Veterans Affairs policy, as outlined in VA Directive 0999. If you are having […]

Career Management

Jun 9, 2019

VA One-License Concept: Some facilities try to force applicants to obtain a new license, but this is actually not in accordance with national policy. Click to find out more. DEA Number Application: Did you know your DEA is free through the VA? Go to this paged to find out how to get it. Current job […]

Member Benefits

Jan 3, 2019

When you join AVANA you will receive: Access to the only professional association devoted solely to VA CRNAs Effective representation at the federal level VA Handbook 1123 revision Continuous updates on issues affecting VA CRNAs Access to members only content on AVANA’s Newsletter and e-communications Discounts on our annual educational symposium Access to AVANA’s […]

DEA Number Application

Oct 14, 2019

Click here to go to the DEA application page. VHA Handbook 1108.05 requires all providers to have their own DEA number if their state licensing allows for controlled substance prescribing. VA prescribers who qualify for a DEA registration are no longer permitted to use the VA institutional DEA registration with an individual suffix. CRNA’s currently apply […]


Sep 7, 2017

About AVANA In 1973, twenty-six (26) VA CRNA’s created AVANA. From the beginning, education has been our first priority. In 1974, the first educational workshop was held in Des Moines, Iowa. Annual educational symposiums have continued in various locations nationwide. AVANA Objectives Promote quality and safe anesthesia services to the veteran patient Provide continuing education […]

Sharing the Knowledge

Jun 9, 2019

by Diane Boettger, 8/9/2019 I was listening to a recent interview in which the speaker made a comment – “What good is knowledge if it is not shared with others?”  It got me to thinking about how our organization’s mission of education and networking to advance the betterment of nurse anesthesia  practice within the VA is really […]

Members Only Documents

Jun 27, 2018

2019-20 AVANA Board Contact Information 2019 AVANA Update at AANA Annual Congress Minutes 2018 Business Meeting Minutes 2017 Business Meeting Minutes Favorable Documents Regarding CRNAs The  Absence of Surgeon Liability – AzAS Anesthesia and the Changing Healthcare Landscape: CRNAs’ Valuable Role – AANA Answering Today’s Need for High-Quality Anesthesia Care at a Lower Cost – […]

VA One-License and Federal Supremacy

Oct 14, 2019

Question: Is there any official policy on licensing and credentialing CRNAs being required to obtain a license in the new state of practice?  I was under the impression this was a prohibited practice. The VA supports a One License – Fifty States practice model for licensed providers.  All VA qualification standards have similar language regarding […]

Have You Heard About the New Anesthesia Directive!?

Jun 1, 2018

An email (click HERE to view) was sent from Doug Rotter to all VA Chiefs last week regarding the Anesthesia Service Handbook being turned into a Directive. Please email this to your VA.GOV email address and open it at a VA computer – click the blue link and follow the steps to comment on this VERY IMPORTANT document that may […]