Category Archives: AANA Info

Student Mentoring Program

Mission To provide a positive, welcoming, motivational and educational experience to identified students interested in nurse anesthesia education as a profession who attend the Assembly of Didactic and Clinical Educators through mentoring by experienced CRNA educators. Objective of the Program The program will consist of a one-day mentoring experience for a select group of student […]

About AANA Peer Assistance

Below is information on an important program provided by AANA.  AANA Peer Assistance is support for CRNAs and student registered nurse anesthetists for all aspects related to drugs/alcohol impairment, suspicion of drug diversion, substance use disorder (SUD), adverse event support, and questions related to fitness for duty. August 2019 – TopMedTalk Podcast: AANA 2019, Substance […]

AANA Thrive

CRNAs, like most healthcare professionals, face multiple challenges and opportunities during their career: Transitioning from student to CRNA, career changes, coping with job loss when it is not your choice, and approaching retirement age. These resources can help you THRIVE not only professionally, but personally as well. AANA Thrive is a new online Health & […]

Breaking Advocacy News: Restrictive Novitas LCD will not be Implemented

Dear AANA Members,   In early July I wrote to the AANA membership about the latest anti-CRNA activities of Novitas Solutions, a Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC). At the time, Novitas had just released a final draft local coverage determination (LCD) which, if implemented on August 16 as scheduled, would establish policy that would not recognize […]

Nurse Anesthesiologist – A New Descriptor for CRNAs

This past February, the AANA Board of Directors created the Nurse Anesthesiologist Descriptor Task Force and charged it with analyzing the pros and cons of the AANA recognizing the descriptor “nurse anesthesiologist” for use by CRNAs. After more than five months of information gathering, analysis, and discussion, the task force presented its recommendations to the […]

New State Opioid Collaborative Toolkit Available Online

As the opioid crisis surges throughout the US, there are many opportunities for CRNAs to be involved and advocate for solutions through leadership or participation in collaborative initiatives within their community.  Each state’s opioid epidemic experience, resources and needs are unique. Therefore, state leaders and the AANA have developed a toolkit to provide considerations for […]

Nurse Anesthetists Applaud the House of Representatives’ Efforts to Curtail Opioid Crisis

Today the House of Representatives expanded addiction treatment programs and access to care by enabling Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and other advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) to administer medication-assisted treatment that will help save thousands of lives across the country. “The House struck a major blow against the opioid crisis today by authorizing CRNAs […]

Community in Crisis

The Port City community is known for its beautiful beaches and boardwalks, historic river-walk district, and the largest domestic television and movie production facility outside of California. In April of 2016, the city of Wilmington also became known for something else; the top city in the nation for opioid misuse. When CastLight health published the […]

Opioid Safety and Advocacy

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 91 people die every day from an opioid overdose. AANA is committed to taking action toward solutions to the opioid epidemic, with CRNAs playing a key role in the process. There are many possible solutions to address the many elements of the current opioid crisis. These complex issues require the […]