One of our primary functions is the continuing education and development of our CRNAs. Learn more about our Annual Education meetings, scholarships, other training materials.
2016 AVANA Education Meeting Tradewinds Island Grand Resort St. Petersburg Beach, Florida May 22-25th, 2016 Watch for more details in the News and Events section of the website.
May 16-19, 2019 | New Orleans, LAJW Marriott New Orleans This educational program is designed to meet the requirements for 20 Class A CE credits. Hotel JW Marriott, 614 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130 This block is full. Please see below for alternate option.Hotel rate: $160 – please reserve your room online HEREDeadline to […]
May 18th – 21st, 2017 at the Chicago Westin O’Hare Hotel Regional Workshop on May 18th! FULL! Lectures and presentations May 19th – 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 […]
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 […]
May 18th-20th in Long Beach. Join us for an fun and exciting meeting, packed with great speakers and pig tracheas! If you’ve been to our meeting before, you know what a good time it is. If you haven’t, make this year your first! Come meet CRNAs from different VA’s and hospitals all across the country. […]
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 […]
AVANA can be found each year at the following events: The AVANA Educational Annual Meeting AANA Mid-Year Assembly NOVA Legislative Roundtable in Washington DC AANA Annual Congress AVANA is a Silver Member of the Nursing Community Calition
The 2016 AVANA Meeting Registration and Program are now available on the meeting page. http://vacrna.com/avana-annual-education-meeting/
We want to hear from you! Tells us what YOU would like us to do. NOV 2017 I have been penalized again for working too much. I am on pace to exceed the Aggregate Limitation on Compensation for the third year running. What is AVANA doing to address this issue? I do not see this […]
In the near future AVANA will be offering Continuing Education Units to our members. These courses will help you stay up-to-date and recertify your CRNA license.
Present At Our Annual Meeting Our annual meeting is a great opportunity to get exposure within the AVANA community. Interested in speaking, or hosting a webinar? Speak at our Annual Education Meeting Come to our annual education meeting and present a topic you are passionate about (relating to anesthesia). Presentations generally last for 45 minutes […]
Remember your life as an SRNA? Broke, sleep-deprived, and stressed out? Now you can pay it forward and support these poor students through the ALPS program! To read more about the program, choose ‘Education’ then ‘Scholarships’ from the headers on the homepage. To donate, click HERE
2018 AVANA Education Meeting -SAVE THE DATE- May 17th – 20th, 2018 at the Hilton Long Beach Hotel *More details to come, check back shortly! Vendor Registration Form 2018 Vendor Registration Form
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Our Audience… AVANA is the only professional organizaton that represents over 900 CRNAs employed within the VA Healthcare system. AVANA is committed to the care of our veterans through engagement with every VA medical center in a concerted effort to improve services and promote clinical excellence through advocacy and continued education. Your Opportunity… As an AVANA partner, your […]
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 […]
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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 […]
OIG report reveals 22 percent anesthesiology provider shortage in VA, contradicting VA final rule’s findings that excluded CRNA full practice authority For more information, contact: AANA Public Relations Park Ridge, Illinois – The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) is urging the VA to reopen its final rule to grant Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) the […]
We are excited to announce our newest partner, Granite Financial Solutions, LLC (GFS). Partnering with GFS will bring a host of benefits to our members. Granite Financial Solutions is an independent financial services company that provides services to many Federal, Military and civilian CRNAs across the country. AVANA’s leadership has decided to partner with GFS as we believe […]
For Immediate Release: January 18, 2019For more information, contact: Christopher Bettin, Senior Director, Strategic Communications, firstname.lastname@example.org, (847) 655-1143. Park Ridge, Illinois—For patients undergoing surgery, having a baby, or needing emergency treatment following a traumatic incident, odds are the hands-on anesthesia care essential to their comfort and safety will be provided by a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist […]
If finalized, the rule would make the VHA consistent with the U.S. military service branches, which allow CRNAs and other APRNs to practice to the full scope of their education and abilities. Here’s the article from Bloomberg News Here’s the Proposed Regulation If you are a federal employee, you can comment on the regulation! From […]
What is ALPS? The Association of Veteran’s Affairs Nurse Anesthetists (AVANA), Board of Directors and Scholarship Committee have created a new leadership development opportunity for Student Nurse Anesthetists (SRNAs), the AVANA Leadership Project for SRNAs (ALPS). This program was started in fiscal year 2013/2014. AVANA is seeking to support SRNA education and the development of […]
On March 19, 2016, Diane Boettger (AVANA President-Elect) and I attended the 2016 Nurses Organization of Veterans Affairs Legislative Roundtable. The roundtable serves as a meeting for nursing organizations within and outside the VA along with Veterans Services Organizations to come together to discuss the current legislative efforts of each group. The following groups were […]
Board of Directors President Peter Kallio DNP, CRNA, MSN, APNP -Milwaukee, WI VA Medical Center Peter Kallio has been a CRNA 27 years. He has been a VA CRNA at the Zablocki VAMC in Milwaukee for 12 years. He received his BSN from Marquette University; he graduated from the Milwaukee County School of Nurse Anesthesia in […]
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 […]
The Association of Veteran’s Affairs Nurse Anesthetists (AVANA) Board of Directors and Scholarship Committee invite SRNA’s to participate in an exciting leadership development opportunity for Student Nurse Anesthetists (SRNAs), the AVANA Leadership Project for SRNAs (ALPS).
Congratulations to the 2017 ALPS Recipients! Meaghan E. Locke Meaghan Locke is a SRNA currently enrolled at Wake Forest University, School of Medicine Nurse Anesthesia Program. She expects to complete her program in August 2019. She received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing at the University of Delaware in 2008. Meaghan was commissioned in […]
Ana Gonzalez Ana R. Gonzalez is a third year Student Registered Nurse Anesthetist at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville who is committed to joining forces with fellow SRNAs and CRNAs to bring a unique voice and perspective to advocate for the nurse anesthesia profession, and to bring justice for our nation’s veterans and minority groups. […]
*Click on name for CV Director-at-Large: I graduated from Marquette University with a BSN in 1996 and was commissioned into the US Army Nurse Corps. I attended USAGPAN, graduating in 2001. I was an active duty, US Army Nurse Corps officer from 1996-2006. I began my career as a VA CRNA within 1 week […]
Committees ALPS/Scholarship This committee shall facilitate activities and actions pertaining to AVANA scholarship fund and coordinate fundraising events for scholarship fund. The committee shall review scholarship applications for completeness and make recommendations for ALPS scholarship awards; present selection committee recommendations to AVANA Board; notify applicants of award status; and present report of selection committee at […]
David Welker SRNA and Christian Joshua Peñaranda SRNA
CRNA Scholarships AVANA is deeply committed to seeing students succeed, which is why we provide financial assistance and scholarship opportunities. Our ALPS scholarship drive is going on now! Click HERE to donate! Learn more about available scholarships below… Congratulations to the 2019 ALPS Recipients! Ana Gonzalez Ana R. Gonzalez is a third year Student Registered […]
Veteran Care Legislation Tracker To amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide hospital care, medical services, and nursing home care for certain individuals discharged from service in the Armed Forces by reason of sexual orientation or gender identity, and for other purposes. Nursing Community Coalition’s Thank You […]