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  • Posted By: Garry Brydges - President, DNP, MBA, ACNP-BC, CRNA , FAAN
  • Feb 20, 2019
Assembly of Didactic and Clinical Educators (ADCE), Houston, Texas

At the time I wrote this edition of Building Brydges, we were at the midpoint of the ADCE Meeting learning about the latest issues and trends specific to nurse anesthesia education. The opportunity for our Board of Directors and AANA staff to meet and interact with program administrators, deans, and educators helps provide critical information for enhancing future meetings. For me, the best part of the ADCE is networking and learning about the latest innovations and resources our programs use to educate future anesthesia professionals. We are looking forward to seeing everyone in Washington, D.C., at the Mid-Year Assembly in April.

NBCRNA and Recertification

When I meet with members at state meetings to discuss the value of AANA membership, many of you express concerns regarding the recertification process through the NBCRNA, particularly the examination every eight years. As I’m sure you know by now, following a robust evaluation of the pilot examination administered this past fall, the NBCRNA has decided to remove the pass/fail requirement from the CPC Assessment. However, in an effort to support longitudinal learning, the exam will be used to augment lifelong learning and help CRNAs target specific educational content on which to focus.  In addition, the NBCRNA has formed a committee to evaluate the validity and reliability of alternative pathways that will equal or exceed the existing process. As we visit the states, we look forward to sharing with you the latest decisions related to the recertification process.

APSF’s Latest Newsletter

Many of you have raised concerns regarding the WHO/WFSA statement included in the latest edition of the APSF Newsletter. The AANA BOD had robust discussions on this topic at the ADCE in Houston, and during the Faculty Forum we received significant feedback from educators. In addition, we had CRNAs who represent the AANA with the APSF—Maria Van Pelt and Randy Moore—on site to provide additional dialogue on the topic. Former AANA President Jackie Rowles, who is also the current IFNA president, provided background specific to the WHO and her participation on a global level. Finally, I want to inform you that APSF President Mark Warner, MD, and I have had continuing dialogue to identify a strategy for addressing the concerns many of you have raised over the past week. Additional information will be forthcoming.  

AANA Staff

Finally, I want to recognize the people who make our AANA meetings a success. The AANA staff work in the background to ensure the launch of successful meetings for our members. They work in the background tirelessly and network with many of you to better understand your programmatic and service needs moving into the future. To all of the AANA staff, thank you for all you do.

AANA President Garry Brydges and Staff

Back row, L to R: Director of Enterprise Infrastructure James Jankovec, President Garry Brydges, Director of AANA Insurance Services John Fetcho. Front row, L to R: Senior Director of State Management Affairs Luis Rivera, Senior Director of Strategic Communications Chris Bettin.