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Letter of Support from NCC

Nov 8, 2017

“Since 2009, when the Nursing Community was formally established, our goal has been to build consensus and advocate on a wide spectrum of policy issues. The Nursing Community is proud to represent the largest segment of the healthcare workforce comprised of nearly four million Registered Nurses (RNs) and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs). It is […]

Government Employees Eligible to Have Student Debt Forgiven

Nov 6, 2017

The Department of Education’s Public Service Loan Forgiveness – PSLF, program allows public service employees – including federal employees and military personnel – to have federal student loan payments reduced, and that debt forgiven after making 120 qualifying payments. This article is brought to you by www.FEDweek.com, which is a great resource for federal employees. […]

Get involved!

Nov 5, 2017

Seeking applications for the Anesthesia Service Field Advisory Committee (FAC) The deadline for applications is November 17, 2017 The VHA National Anesthesia Service is a component of the Office of Specialty Care Services (SCS).  SCS is a direct report to the Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Policy & Services.  We have three Field Advisory Committee […]

Save the Date!

Oct 25, 2017

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

What is Payroll Deduction?

Oct 22, 2017

A new way to join AVANA In May 2017 AVANA announced a new way to join the organization.  After many months of collaboration with VA Central Office of Financial Payroll Service and Financial Services Center,  we have established a system for members to have dues paid via payroll deduction!  The dues is taken out automatically […]

Message from the AANA President

Oct 22, 2017

Recently, the President of the AANA Bruce Weiner wrote an opinion piece for The Hill, discussing anesthesia related delays in the VA system. You can read it HERE. The AANA President also called for grass roots action in support of VA CRNAs.  Go HERE to support this effort and our VA CRNAs. You can see his […]

AVANA Update at the AANA

Oct 22, 2017

The AVANA Update held during the 2017 AANA Annual Congress in Seattle was very well attended this year.   Lots of new faces came to learn more about the group.  CRNA Members who have presented scholarly works or who have received public accolades were recognized. The option of Payroll deduction of dues has begun and we […]

New webpage coming soon!

Sep 6, 2017

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

Aug 22, 2017

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 […]

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Jul 6, 2017

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 […]

A new way to join

Jul 2, 2017

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 […]

Message from the AANA President

Jun 22, 2017

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 […]

AVANA in Washington DC

Apr 24, 2017

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

Apr 4, 2017

Congratulations ! Girah Caraballo                                                               Amy Grant            and                                                           Click HERE to read their stories

Now Accepting Nominations

Jan 1, 2017

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 ·        […]

Bob Dole Supports FPA

Sep 11, 2016

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 Forbes.com HERE

Support from the FTC!

Jul 26, 2016

  That’s right, even the Federal Trade Commission supports us! Read their letter HERE

AHA expresses support for VA proposed rule on advanced practice RNs

Jul 26, 2016

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 […]

AVANA UPDATE

Jul 24, 2016

Association of Veterans Affairs Nurse Anesthetists at the 2016 AANA Annual Congress Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel     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 […]

AMVETS Supports Us, And We Support Them!

Jul 10, 2016

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 […]

Paralyzed Veterans of America Support FPA for APRNs!

Jul 10, 2016

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

2017 AVANA Education Meeting

Jul 10, 2016

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 […]

VA Commission on Care Report

Jul 8, 2016

The “Commission on Care ” was established by Congress in 2014 to “examine veterans’ access to Department of Veterans Affairs health care and to examine strategically how best to organize the Veterans Health Administration, locate health resources, and deliver health care to veterans during the next 20 years.” The final report of the Commission on […]

Full Practice Authority Update

Jun 24, 2016

We have learned recently that as federal employees, we CAN comment on the proposed regulation. From the VACO: “VA employees are entitled to comment as private citizens but you cannot use your official VA title or office. You may identify your function such as RN, CRNA, MD, DO, LPN, LVN, RT, CRT, MT, CLT or […]

Access Anesthesiology!

Jun 15, 2016

Access Anesthesiology! Access Anesthesiology presented an informational session this year at the AVANA Annual meeting, and is an excellent tool for all clinicians and students. If you go to their website, you can purchase a 1-year subscription for $995. Or you can access it from your VA hospital computer for free! Click HERE to preview […]

Full Practice Authority Regulation has made it into the Federal Register!

Jun 1, 2016

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 […]

Nurses Organization of Veterans Affairs (NOVA) 2016 Legislative Roundtable

Mar 19, 2016

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 […]

AANA Mid-Year Assembly

Mar 18, 2016

April 2-6, 2016 in Washington, DC “The AANA Mid-Year Assembly is designed to prepare nurse anesthetists to effectively advocate on Capitol Hill for protecting and advancing CRNA practice and reimbursement. Attendees will develop professional advocacy skills and healthcare policy understanding that promotes leadership at the national level and in professional practice.”     Veterans Affairs […]

CRNA Week 2016!

Jan 22, 2016

January 24 – 30, 2016 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 […]

2016-2017 AVANA Membership Renewal

Jan 16, 2016

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

Nov 26, 2015

‘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, […]

VA CRNA’s in leadership positions

Oct 5, 2015

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 […]