2013 NewsMakers Archive

AANA Board Members Help Feed Malnourished
On July 19, 2013, the entire FY2014 AANA Board of Directors, including President Dennis Bless, CRNA, MS, along with FY2013 President Janice Izlar, CRNA, DNAP, and Executive Director/CEO Wanda Wilson, CRNA, PhD, headed to Feed My Starving Children in Schaumburg, Ill. There, the Board members spent several hours packing meals that would be sent to malnourished children in more than 70 countries around the world.
 
A Minnesota businessman started FMSC after he saw devastating hunger on a mission trip to Honduras. He founded Feed My Starving Children in 1987, and the first shipment of the current food formula was sent in 1991.

The organization is committed to feeding children hungry in body and spirit. It purchases all of the raw ingredients such as soy, rice, vegetables, and the vitamin and mineral vegetarian chicken flavoring mix. Volunteers hand-pack meals specifically formulated for malnourished children. The food was designed by food scientists at Cargill and General Mills to meet the nutritional needs of a 4-to-8-year-old malnourished child. Each meal has 20 different vitamins and minerals that are tailored to meet a child’s nutritional needs for one day.
 
The meals are then shipped to countries such as Haiti, Sudan, Jamaica, Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Tanzania, Lesotho, Liberia, Ghana, Guatemala, Malawi, Cambodia, East Timor, Nicaragua, Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, Cameroon, Niger, Colombia, and El Salvador, and to Hurricane Katrina victims in Louisiana and Mississippi.
 
Donations are in the form of volunteer time or dollars. Approximately 92 percent of total donations go directly to the food program, and 8 percent goes to fundraising, administration, and overhead combined. Each meal costs FMSC only 22 cents to produce. The organization targets feeding programs to children who are in the most severe circumstances, those suffering from severe malnutrition and threatened with death from starvation.
 
In addition to Izlar, Bless, and Wilson, those in attendance included: President-elect Sharon Pearce, CRNA, MSN; Vice President John Hanlon, Jr., CRNA, DNP; Treasurer Cheryl Nimmo, CRNA, MSHSA; Region 1 Director Dean Mazurek, CRNA, APN; Region 2 Director Anthony Chipas, CRNA, PhD; Region 3 Director Danette Plautz, CRNA, MSN; Region 4 Director Mark Odden, CRNA, BSN, MBA, ARNP; Region 5 Director Kathryn Jansky, CRNA, ARNP, MHS, USA, LTC(ret); Region 6 Director Donna Jasinski, CRNA, PhD; and Region 7 Director Juan Quintana, CRNA, DNP, MHS.
 

  
Beutel Honored for Contributions to Practice
The Minnesota Association of Nurse Anesthetists has awarded a certificate of recognition to recently retired Dan Beutel, CRNA, for cofounding the first nurse anesthesia practice in Minnesota to bill as independent practitioners.
 
Beutel, a Wyoming resident, and two other anesthetists, Leon Williams, CRNA, and Ken Shea, CRNA, founded North Metro Anesthesia in 1984, two years after Congress granted nurse anesthetists the right to bill Medicare independently.
 
Since North Metro Anesthesia was founded, numerous anesthetists have opened independent practices.
 
Today, North Metro Anesthesia in Wyoming employs nine fulltime and several part-time anesthetists and provides contracted anesthesia services to Fairview Lakes Hospital in Wyoming. Beutel graduated in 1978 from the Minneapolis School of Anesthesia, one of four graduate anesthesia schools in Minnesota.
 

 
Two CRNAs Inducted in American Academy of Nursing 2013 Class of Fellows
The American Academy of Nursing selected two CRNAs— Jacqueline Rowles, CRNA, MBA, MA, ANP-BC, FAAPM, DPNAP, and Michael Rieker, CRNA, DNP,—as part of 172 nurse leaders for induction as Fellows. The two were inducted during the Academy’s 40th annual meeting on Oct. 19, 2013, in Washington, D.C.
 
Selection criteria include evidence of significant contributions to nursing and healthcare and sponsorship by two current Academy Fellows. Applicants are reviewed by a panel comprised of elected and appointed Fellows, and selection is based, in part, on the extent the nominee’s nursing career influenced health policies and the health and well-being of all.
  
Jackie Rowles was president of the AANA in 2008 and is the 2012 recipient of the Agatha Hodgins Award for Outstanding Accomplishment as well as the 2005 Alice Magaw Outstanding Clinical Practitioner Award. The first nurse anesthetist in Indiana to work exclusively in the field of comprehensive pain management, Rowles led the way in the protection and expansion of CRNA pain services both at the state and national levels. She developed and taught the first interventional pain management cadaver course for CRNAs and has continued to work vigorously for the advancement of nurse anesthetisa pain practice. She also stepped in as interim AANA Executive Director when John Garde, CRNA, FAAN, passed away in 2009.
 
While continuing to work with the AANA, IFNA, and AAPM, Rowles has taken on other leadership roles as well. In September 2013, she was named to a HHS/NIH working panel created by the Inter Agency Pain Research Coordinating Committee charged with creating a national comprehensive population health-level strategy for pain prevention, treatment, management, and research. She also serves as the treasurer of the American Academy of Pain Management (AAPM) and as the U.S. Country National Representative and First Vice President of the International Federation of Nurse Anesthetists (IFNA). As IFNA First Vice President, Rowles works to further the organization’s mission of advancing the educational standards and practices of nurse anesthesiology, thereby enhancing quality anesthesia care worldwide. The IFNA currently has 41 country members.
 
“Fellowship in the American Academy of Nursing affords me the opportunity to partner with other nurse leaders from around the country to address current healthcare disparities that affect our communities each and every day,” said Rowles. “It is an enormous honor to be recognized by the Academy for my contributions to the nursing profession. I would like to share this honor with my fellow nurse anesthetists and IFNA colleagues, who I know share the same commitment and determination to provide the best patient care possible.”
 
Michael Rieker, a native of Cleona, Pa., began his nursing career in 1990 as a critical care registered nurse in pediatric and adult trauma ICU at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas. He then attended Rush University, Chicago, where he graduated with a master’s degree as a nurse anesthetist. In 2003, he completed a doctor of nursing practice degree from Rush University, with a focus on business and leadership in healthcare.
 
As the director of the nurse anesthesia program at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, N.C., Rieker introduced a global studies initiative which broadened the reach of the program. Currently ranked seventh in the country, Wake Forest recently became the first program in the United States and the second in the world to receive full accreditation by the IFNA. “The accreditation attests to the commitment of the program to meet the highest international standards for educating nurse anesthetist,” said Rieker. An active volunteer and board member of Kybele, a humanitarian organization dedicated to improving childbirth safety worldwide through educational partnerships, Rieker was instrumental in establishing a nurse anesthesia educational program in Ghana.
 
A consummate educator, Rieker has been a featured speaker in more than 75 state, national, and international venues, spanning seven countries. He has been published in numerous academic journals including the AANA Journal and has authored eight textbook chapters.
 
“The American Academy of Nursing provides a hub for nurses of all specialties to collaboratively work toward mending the disparities within our healthcare system,” said Rieker. “As an Academy Fellow, I feel fortunate to be a part of an ongoing movement that has the potential to impact millions. I am truly honored by this esteemed recognition.”
 

 
Bing Takes Home Excellence in Nursing Award
Every year, the Washingtonian magazine receives hundreds of nominations for its Excellence in Nursing Awards. The 10 recipients are nurses who go beyond the call of duty to protect their patients, enhance their communities, and train the next generation of healthcare professionals. This year, the magazine bestowed one of the honors to John Bing, CRNA, president of the Diversity in Nurse Anesthesia Mentorship Program and founder of J. Bing & Associates Anesthesia Services, Clarksville, Md.
 
“John was selected by a group of experts from the American Nurses Association for his commitment to volunteerism and continued education as an advanced-practice nurse,” said Mary Yarrison of the Washingtonian.
 
Bing exemplifies the idea of taking nurse anesthesia from simply a job and turning it into a way of life. He’s been involved in nearly all aspects of the field—from starting his own company to volunteering in Nicaragua to mentoring student registered nurse anesthetists (SRNAs).
  
“Anyone who’s in the nursing field should be compelled to help other people,” said Bing, who added that the notion of helping was engrained in his upbringing. His father, a milkman, would give his extra milk to people in the community in need. “You don’t get anywhere without someone helping you along the way.”
 
One of the criteria the Washingtonian lists to be considered an excellent nurse is exemplifying the best in his or her profession. Bing has an impressive list of accomplishments to represent his leadership in the field, including being the first CRNA to chair the University of Maryland’s School of Nursing Board of Visitors. After gaining a wealth of experience working with facial reconstructions, he decided to start his own anesthesia company because many cosmetic surgeons pay for anesthesia on a fee-for-service basis. Twenty five years later, J. Bing & Associates Anesthesia Services works with prominent clients such as the Johns Hopkins Hospital Division of Plastic Surgery.
 
Bing also gives back to his profession on the state and national levels. He’s served two terms as president of the Maryland Association of Nurse Anesthetists, as a member of the AANA Resolutions Committee, and as a chair of the AANA Political Action Committee.
 
Bing takes his anesthesia talents beyond the hospital, and often beyond the country. Two times a year for the last 15 years, he has served as the senior anesthesia provider on an eight-to-10-person mission team as part of the Fundacion Futuro deNicaragua (Future of Nicaragua Foundation).
 
“Once you get down there, you want to keep going back,”said Bing of the gratitude he receives for his help. “I get more of out if than [the Nicaraguans] get out of it.”
 
Once while on a mission trip, Bing learned about a woman who had lived in isolation for 14 years. She had been disfigured as a young girl because of gross mistreatment and abuse. Her condition had kept her hidden from the local community until a chance for surgery presented itself. Bing assessed the patient carefully to develop the best anesthesia care plan possible and then personally administered the anesthesia throughout her long reconstructive surgery. The surgery was successful, and the woman, who had been characterized as a recluse, was very grateful to the American team of healthcare providers who had given her a chance to rejoin society.
 
Students in the Diversity in Nurse Anesthesia Mentorship Program (www.diversitycrna.org), of which Bing is president, have accompanied him to Central America to use the skills they’ve learned in school in an environment outside their comfortzones.
 
Because of efforts like the mission trips and mentorship program, Bing is profoundly shaping the next generation of nurse anesthetists, especially those from African-American, Asian, and Latin minorities.
 
“The task is enormous,” said Bing, citing that about only 2 percent of CRNAs are black. “Mentorship is so important. People who don’t have mentorship are going down a one-way street.”
 
As president of the all-volunteer program, he is responsible for planning the multitude of activities to expose minority students to a career in nurse anesthesia. The program providesin formation sessions, luncheons, anesthesia airway workshops, and sponsorships to minority students to the AANA Annual Meeting. It also participates in career days at local schools. These outreach efforts offer young people in diverse populations traditionally underrepresented in nurse anesthesia the chance to learn firsthand about the profession and to establish valuable connections with leaders in the field.
 
“It’s a labor of love—they call me ‘Uncle John’ now,” said Bing, laughing about the close connections and life advice he gives to program participants. He added the two points of wisdom he gives to any young person entering into nurse anesthesia are tobe humble and be committed. “There are no excuses,” he said.
 
Bing and the nine other Excellence in Nursing Award recipients were honored at an Oct. 23 reception at the Madison Hotel in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the Washingtonian. For Bing, however, the award is more of a confirmation than a recognition.
 
“It means to me I’m doing what I should be doing,” he said. “I don’t do things to get accolades.”
 
“Some kid will see me in a position of power and say, ‘You know, I want to be like him,’” he added.
 
For more information, or to view the full list of award winners, visit http://dev.washingtonian.com/projects/nursing/
 

 
Purcell Named to Top Lobbyist List
 
 
Frank Purcell, AANA senior director of Federal Government Affairs, was added to the 2013 list of CEO Update’s top lobbyists (CEO Update login required). The company cited Purcell’s achievement of directing advocacy aimed at resuming Medicare payments to nurse anesthetists for pain care services where legally authorized by states. The federal agency ruled in favor of the reimbursements November 1.
 
CEO Update selected lobbyists who succeeded in the courts and in far-flung state and local battlefields. Despite automatic budget cuts, they came through in getting lawmakers’ attention for their organizations.
 
 
 
 

 
Davidson Recognized by Health Volunteers Overseas
Diana Davidson, CRNA, of Camp Hill, Pa., is a 2013 recipient of the eighth annual Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) Golden Apple Award for her work in Ethiopia. As part of its World Health Day observances, HVO created this award to recognize the extraordinary educational contributions of volunteers to international program sites. Each HVO volunteer honored with this award has demonstrated a strong commitment to HVO's educational mission by working on curriculum development, teacher training, didactic or clinical training or the enhancement of educational resources.
 
Davidson has been the driving force behind the Master of Nurse Anesthesia program in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, since its inception. As program director for HVO’s combined anesthesia/nurse anesthesia program site in Ethiopia, her enthusiasm and commitment to the program has allowed her to recruit outstanding volunteers who have aided in developing the program. The strength of the program has drawn students from Rwanda and has also resulted in the Ethiopian Association of Anesthetists being admitted to the International Federation of Nurse Anesthetists.
 
In addition to being a strong advocate for the nurse anesthesia program, Davidson strives to improve healthcare in Ethiopia. She meets regularly with the dean of the Addis Ababa University Medical School and has met with the Ministry of Health to advocate for better nursing school standards and safer post-anesthesia care standards.
 
“I am very pleased that the contributions made by Diana Davidson towards improving anesthesia training and delivery are being recognized with this award,” said HVO Executive Director Nancy Kelly. “By highlighting the accomplishments of volunteers like Ms. Davidson, we hope to raise awareness of global health issues and encourage others to work towards better healthcare around the world.”
 
An HVO member since 2009, Davidson, in addition to being program director, has also served on HVO’s Nurse Anesthesia Steering Committee since 2011. She is a member of the AANA and past president of the Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists. She also serves on the board of Downtown Daily Bread, a homeless shelter in Harrisburg, Pa., and has volunteered on more than 10 surgical missions with World Surgical Foundation.
 
A graduate of Penn State University and University of Pittsburgh School of Anesthesia for Nurses in Pittsburgh, Davidson currently works at Holy Spirit Health System in Camp Hill, Pa.
 
The efforts of HVO's Golden Apple Award recipients are an integral part of HVO's response to the global health workforce shortage. By highlighting the achievements and contributions of the Golden Apple Award recipients, HVO fosters an awareness of global health issues, especially the human resource shortage that serves as a serious constraint to the delivery of healthcare around the world.
 

 
Reede Hired as New Senior Director, Professional Practice
Lynn Reede, CRNA, MBA, has joined the AANA as its new senior director of Professional Practice. The senior director is responsible for coordinating all Professional Practice Division activities, including clinical and practice management issues, healthcare facility accreditation activities, and working with the Practice Committee and individual members in addressing issues that affect nurse anesthesia practice.
 
Most recently Reede was employed at Aultman Hospital in Canton, Ohio, where she worked as a staff nurse anesthetist, didactic and clinical instructor, operations manager of the Anesthesia Department, and director of Strategy and Innovation. Reede has served as AANA Region 6 director and on the AANA Finance Committee, as well as two terms as president of the Ohio State Association of Nurse Anesthetists. Reede recently completed her doctoral degree in Nursing Practice from Northeastern University in Boston, and will graduate in January 2013.
 
 

 
CRNAs Saluted as “Living Legends” at Fall Leadership Academy
Joyce Kelly, CRNA, EdD, MA, and Sister Mary Arthur Schramm, CRNA, OSB, PhD, were officially recognized as Living Legends by the AANA during the association’s Fall Assembly Leadership Academy, held on November 16-18, 2012 in Colorado Springs.
 
Joyce Kelly, CRNA, EdD, MA
Joyce Kelly, of Pasadena, Calif., is the founding program director of the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program, School of Anesthesia in Los Angeles. She received the AANA’s highest honor, the Agatha Hodgins award, in 2002. “Being recognized as a legend in the profession of nurse anesthesia is really quite an honor,” said Kelly. “I have worked with many nurse anesthetists over the years, which has confirmed my belief that as long as we keep the standards high and continue to provide quality anesthesia care, the spirit of this award will live forever.” During the 1970s, at the request of Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Southern California Permanente Medical Group, Kelly conducted a year-long study to determine the feasibility of establishing nurse anesthesia educational programs in California. She then launched the Kaiser Permanente Program of Nurse Anesthesia. As director, she also engineered an affiliation with the School of Nursing at California State University, Long Beach, which was the first program to offer a degree at the master’s level. A CRNA for 50 years, Kelly completed her EdD in institutional management at Pepperdine University in Culver City, Calif, and both her master’s and bachelor’s degrees in healthcare administration at Lindewood College, St. Charles, Mo. Kelly received her nurse anesthesia certificate from Baylor Hospital School of Nurse Anesthesia and a nursing certificate from Methodist Hospital of Dallas School of Nursing, both located in Dallas.
 
Sister Mary Arthur Schramm, CRNA, OSB, PhD
For 50 years, Sister Mary Arthur Schramm has served humanity through healthcare as a nurse anesthetist, program director, and anesthesia consultant. Sister Schramm is a member of the Benedictine Monastery of the Sacred Heart in Yankton, S.D. She received the AANAs highest honor, the Agatha Hodgins award in 2003.
 
“I would not have successfully pursued this profession without the constant encouragement of so many others throughout every stage of my life,” said Sister Schramm. “The practice of nurse anesthesia has been a ministry all its own, and has allowed me to alleviate the pain of many patients around the world.”
 
Throughout her career, Sister Schramm has made numerous contributions to the nurse anesthesia profession, including addressing the healthcare needs of rural South Dakotans on Capitol Hill and being named to Sen. Tom Daschle’s (D-SD) State Healthcare Consultation Committee. A trailblazer in her own right, Sister Schramm played a significant role in establishing nurse anesthesia schools in Jamaica, Guyana, and Puerto Rico. Additionally, she was the first woman to obtain a doctorate in physiology from the Graduate School of Medicine at the University of South Dakota.
 
In addition, she has been the recipient of the AANA Helen Lamb award, and has served on the AANA Board of Directors and many committees on the state and national levels.
 
Sister Schramm received her PhD in physiology from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, S.D., and a bachelor’s degree in composite science from Mt. Marty College in Yankton S.D. Her nursing diploma was received from Sacred Heart Hospital in S.D. Yankton.
 

 
CRNA Recognized as Healthcare Hero
Sharon Niemann, CRNA, MHS, was recently recognized as a Health Care Hero. Health Care Heroes honors companies, individuals, and organizations for their contributions to improving health care in Wichita, Kan. and the surrounding area. Niemann was among 27 honorees recognized at an event on Oct. 16, 2012 and profiled in an Oct. 19 special edition of the Wichita Business Journal.
 
As the director and sole fulltime faculty member of the Nurse Anesthesia Program at Newman University, Niemann was honored for her work as a nurse anesthesia educator. Anne Chandler, Newman University director of Corporate and Foundation Relations told the Wichita Business Journal: “She has passionately led the program for over 12 years. She is a very dedicated faculty member who goes above and beyond to make sure her students are prepared to enter the work force.” Bernadette Fetterolf, RN, PhD, CNS, Newman’s associate dean of Nursing and Allied Health, added that Niemann is “a onewoman program. She is just a tremendous asset to Newman and to the community.”
 

 
CRNA Elected Chair of Tennessee Board of Nursing
Congratulations to Donald Bell, CRNA, DNSc, APN, who has been elected chair of the Tennessee Board of Nursing (BON). Bell, an advanced practice nurse representative on the BON for the past two years, is the first CRNA to serve as board chair. A past president of the Tennessee Association of Nurse Anesthetists, Bell is associate professor and program director for the University of Tennessee College of Nursing Nurse Anesthesia Concentration. Taking Bell’s vacated seat on the BON is Brent Earwood, CRNA, who was appointed by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, marking the first time there has been two CRNAs on the Tennessee BON.
 

  
CRNA Serves on Board for Medical Publication
Allan Schwartz, CRNA, DDS, served as an editorial board member for the 2013 Mosby's Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing & Health Professions; 9th Edition.
 
 
 
 
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