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Friends of AVANA

Nov 11, 2018

In response to  inquiries from CRNAs not currently employed within the VA, veterans and former students who have asked “how they can help AVANA”, we have now launched a Friends of AVANA program. Much discussion was held during the annual meeting on how non VA CRNAs could participate in our organization and this voluntary donation […]

Why You Should Attend Your State Board Meetings

Nov 28, 2018

It is important to attend your state board meetings. Why? If I had not gone to the last 3 out 4 state board meetings, my state association would not have fully understood VA CRNA’s unique nitch nor AVANA. As it turns out the state associations need the Federal Full Practice Authority for us to help […]

ALPS Scholarship Drive

Oct 24, 2018

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

AVANA Update at the AANA Annual Congress

Oct 18, 2018

A nice group met to discuss VA related issues while in Boston on September 24, 2018.   Pictured are some of those present for the discussion. Ralph Kohl from the DC office of AANA was present to Answer Questions and inform CRNAs of actions taken by the AANA on behalf of VA CRNAs.

Social Media and AVANA

Oct 17, 2018

We have recently been asked to include information on our facebook site (in addition to the website) whenever we learn of new information.  That sounded easy enough, it puts the onus on AVANA to provide communication in more ways.   In the past we have communicated via post cards, newsletters, email bulletins and email blasts.  So […]

The Hatch Act

Sep 16, 2018

With campaign season around the corner, familiarize yourself with federal regulations regarding partisan activity. Hatch Act Poster

AANA to VHA: Now is the Time to Grant CRNAs Full-Practice Authority

Aug 8, 2018

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 […]

AVANA Update at AANA Annual Congress

Jul 26, 2018

Join us for a VA CRNA Update! When: Monday, September 24, 2018 | 5:00pm-6:00pm Where: Sheraton – Boston | Back Bay A Register online for the AANA Annual Congress

Long Beach 2018!

Jun 7, 2018

Pictures and lectures are available under Education, or click pictures or lectures.

Meet our Management Company

Jun 3, 2018

Accent on Management, a leading association management company located in Columbus, Ohio, provides proven management solutions to a variety of state, regional and national trade and professional organizations. Among their other clients are the Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia Associations of Nurse Anesthetists. They have been managing associations since 1963, and have helped us tremendously […]

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 […]

Help Wanted

May 6, 2018

Here’s an odd posting for a Department of Health and Human Services CRNA https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/498189500  

Baltimore VA CRNA is One of the Best!

Apr 7, 2018

Congratulations to Cesar Visurraga– a CRNA Nurse at the Baltimore VA Medical Center. Cesar was nominated and named as one of the Top 50 Nurses in Baltimore Magazine. An Army Veteran, Cesar, also a doctoral nursing student at UM School of Nursing, works in the same day surgery service and also serves as a national mentor […]

Congratulations to our ALPS Recipients!

Mar 17, 2018

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 […]

Block Hotel Rate Extended Until April 27th!

Jan 9, 2018

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. […]

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