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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 […]

VHA publishes Veterans Choice Act Independent Assessment

Oct 2, 2015

The VHA published its Independent Assessment regarding the Veterans Choice Act that was launched in 2014. Additional documents associated with the Independent Assessment are published by Rand Corp at this site: http://www.rand.org/health/projects/VA-choice.html.  The paper on healthcare is here,http://www.va.gov/opa/choiceact/documents/assessments/Assessment_B_Health_Care_Capabilities.pdf.  Within the healthcare paper, Section 6.4.2, Policy Options to Increase Productivity of Existing Resources, has as its first recommendation 6.4.2.1, Formalize Full […]

Representative Michael McAuliffe speaks in favor of VHA APRN’s

Oct 2, 2015

Our Veterans Deserve Quicker Access to Health Care September 11,2015 Representative Michael McAuliffe, Chicago 20th District I am disheartened that we continue to see wait times increasing for veterans at VA facilities. I see veterans waiting prolonged periods of time without the health care they need, and there is more we should be doing as […]

2015 Dr. Maureen Reilly AANA Foundation Scholarship Award Winner

Sep 13, 2015

At the 2015 AANA Annual Congress, the AANA Foundation presented the their scholarship recipients. This year, the 2015 Dr. Maureen Reilly Scholarship Recipient is Kittipong (Burt) Srisuwan SRNA Congratulations Kittipong from the AVANA Board of Directors! Burt is a student at the Medical University of South Carolina. His program director is Dr. Angela Mund a past […]

Veterans Access to Care Website

Aug 22, 2015

Veterans Deserve Access to the Highest Quality Healthcare America’s Veterans have had to wait too long to receive the healthcare they deserve. Help promote access to quality care delivered by advanced practice registered nurses by taking action today! https://www.veteransaccesstocare.com/actionalerts.aspx

AVANA Opportunity for SRNA’s – Share with SRNA’s that you know

Aug 7, 2015

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).

2016 AVANA Education Meeting Announced

Jul 15, 2015

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.

AVANA Goes To Washington – April 2015

May 26, 2015

In April 2015, AVANA members and guest CRNA’s from around the country met with the House and Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs to discuss current VA CRNA related issues.

2014 ALPS Recipient

Jun 11, 2014

2014 AVANA Leadership Program for SRNA’s winner Kellyn Kramolisch SRNA Kellyn Kramolisch is from Omaha, NE and graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center accelerated BSN program in 2009. She has experience in burn, medical, and surgical intensive care nursing at the Nebraska Medical Center and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska. […]

2014-2015 AVANA Board of Directors

May 12, 2014

Garrett Peterson – President Elect Angela Mund – Executive Director Melanie Clemens – Treasurer Rita Silen – Director at Large Diane Boettger – Eastern Regional Director Sherry Swearngin – President Rebecca Steinhart – Central Regional Director Darla Bussey – Western Regional Director Ed Salkind – Southern Regional Director Ed Pinero – Secretary

2013 Nurses Organization of Veterans Affairs Rountable

Feb 12, 2013

2013 Nurses Organization of Veterans Affairs Roundtable Washington DC The 2013 NOVA Legislative Roundtable was held on 15 February, 2013 in Washington, DC. Sherry Swearngin and Dave Polner represented AVANA, along with Frank Purcell, AANA Senior Federal Affairs Director. Many of the Veterans Service Organizations (VSO), to include the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Veterans […]

2012 Nurses Organization of Veterans Affairs (NOVA) Roundtable

Feb 12, 2012

2012 Nurses Organization of Veterans Affairs (NOVA) Roundtable Meeting in Washington, DC I wanted to update the membership on the NOVA Roundtable which occurred on February 17, 2012 in Washington, DC. AVANA was honored to have Sherry Swearingen CRNA, Garrett Peterson CRNA and Dave Polner CRNA attend.