The AANA Annual Meeting is now just days—four to be exact—away. For me, this meeting will mark the beginning of an extraordinary journey—my term as your president—and I can’t wait to get started!
The Annual Meeting just gets better every year, and this year features an especially innovative and diverse range of session topics. You are sure to learn something new regardless of your practice setting, with opportunities to expand your knowledge in areas like the business of anesthesia. Another interesting first this year: Earn a continuing education credit by attending the Poster Session in the Exhibit Hall.
The Journey Begins!
As I said, this meeting is the first step in my year-long journey as your president. I anticipate this will be one of the most exciting and fulfilling years of my life, and I look forward to working with the Board of Directors to advance our profession. One of my favorite aspects of this job will be meeting members at state and national meetings and engaging them through various communication venues, including social media. You’ll be hearing from me—I plan to Tweet my presidency!
The AANA, your Board, and I are sure to encounter many challenges along the way. While major challenges often arise from unexpected events, right now, a key priority is ensuring that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) proposed pain management rule issued July 6 is finalized. During the comment period, it is crucial that CMS hears supportive comments from CRNAs, student registered nurse anesthetists, other healthcare providers, community leaders, Medicare recipients, and other interested individuals. Stop by the Federal Government Affairs/CRNA-PAC booth in the Exhibit Hall, or visit http://www.protectmypaincare.com/ to find out how you can help.
My goals as your president stem from my commitment to ensure that the AANA is providing services that match members’ needs and values. Advocating that CRNAs are reimbursed for the excellent services they provide will be a major focus, as will protecting CRNA scope of practice. Another priority of my presidency will be state association support and leadership development through the Fifty-State Service Strategy (50S3). In addition, we need to continue building partnerships with our organizational affiliates while expressing AANA member issues to them.
One of the Best Parts of the Coming Week in San Francisco. . .
Will be meeting you, the members! A wise past AANA president advised me to reach out to members I do not know to learn more about the membership and their priorities. I have done that during the last several years, and it has been an amazing experience. I am humbled and grateful to have the opportunity to continue that amazing experience as your president, and I look forward to serving the Association, its members, and our profession in the coming year.