Farmington Nurse Anesthetist Honored for Political Activism

 

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April 11, 2011
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Farmington Nurse Anesthetist Honored for Political Activism

Park Ridge, Ill. - Marvin Colyer, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), and Farmington Mo., resident received the 2011 Federal Political Director (FPD) of the Year award, today, presented by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA).  Colyer is being honored during the AANA’s Mid-Year Assembly of States meeting held in Washington, D.C., April 10-13, 2011.
 
The Federal Political Director of the Year Award was established in 2001 by the AANA Board of Directors. It was created to acknowledge the CRNA who has made a significant contribution in advancing the association’s federal healthcare agenda through state and federal grassroots political activities, while serving as Federal Political Director for their state nurse anesthetist association.
 
Colyer currently works as a staff nurse anesthetist at Parkland Health Center and Farmington Surgicenter in Farmington, Washington County Hospital in Potosi, and Iron County Hospital located in Pilot Knob. Since 1995, he has served as FPD for the Missouri Association of Nurse Anesthetists (MoANA), and is recognized by his peers for having a continual presence at the AANA’s Mid-Year Assembly of States meeting for more than 30 years.
 
“Historically, the practices of discipline and consistency have proven to be successful. As CRNAs, if we continuously educate our local politicians our messages will be heard, and concerns will be considered when making decisions that could affect the practice of nurse anesthesia, and more importantly the well-being of our patients,” said Colyer.  “I am a firm believer that if you are relentless in your efforts, you will yield the results that you aim to achieve. I apply this logic to advocating on behalf of the nurse anesthesia profession, which I consider to be an honor.”
 
As FPD, Colyer leads the charge in educating potential candidates on issues that affect nurse anesthetists and lobbying legislators to enact laws that would increase healthcare access in rural areas of Missouri. Most notably, Colyer is credited with building a relationship with 8th District Congresswoman JoAnne Emerson (R-MO). As a result, Congresswoman Emerson co-sponsored bill HR-1932, which legalizes equal Medicare reimbursement for both residents and nurse anesthesia students.
 
A CRNA for nearly 50 years, Colyer has remained an active member within the MoANA holding key leadership positions and sitting on several committees. He has served six terms on the board of directors, before serving a term as president.
 
Colyer received his degree in nursing from St. Joseph’s College of Nursing in Alton, Ill. He earned his degree in anesthesia from St. John’s School of Anesthesia located in Springfield, Mo.