President's Update

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Your AZANA is thrilled to embark on a new educational venture for the state of Arizona! This November, we will host our first annual fall conference in Sedona. The interest and enthusiasm has been overwhelming as we prepare to open our doors to both in-state and out-of-state CRNAs.

Your AZANA and its business associates have worked tirelessly to make sure this event runs as smoothly as possible. Unfortunately, outside forces have attempted to interfere with our progress. A large, for profit national, anesthesia continuing education company had issued a legal cease and desist letter in an attempt to stop our conference from occurring. We have received legal guidance that it is within our rights to pursue this conference. It appears the motivation was financial, attempting to limit competition. AZANA strives to ensure that its members are receiving access to the highest level of education and networking opportunities possible.

The CRNA community is vast, creating a tight-knit, nationwide society made up of individuals that support one another to collectively advance their profession. AZANA believes that it is important to support organizations that promote the same values and standards as the AANA, our governing body. The AZANA believes it will overcome its adversaries, despite the imperious legal actions, by offering a competitive educational experience. 

We hope that you will choose to attend the AZANA Sun & Sedona Conference November 1-4, 2018. We would love to see you there!

Chad Peterson DNAP, CRNA

President Arizona Association of Nurse Anesthetists

Closing Thoughts from Joe Rodriguez, AZANA President, 2016-17

Closing Thoughts from Joe Rodriguez, AZANA President, 2016-17

In 2016-17, we decided to take on a great deal - and we were fortunate to have in place a humble, diverse leadership team, focused on delivering real results for our membership.  AZANA is essential in ensuring our ability to take great care of people - and in that way, being involved in AZANA isn't some career-building activity, or just something extra - it's the right thing to do.  

AZANA continues to promote teamwork, while ASA labels APRN Licensure Compact "dangerous".

AZANA continues to promote teamwork, while ASA labels APRN Licensure Compact "dangerous".

Recently, AZANA published a well-received article that promotes teamwork in anesthesia care from all professionals, whatever the model of care.  While AZANA promotes teamwork, the ASA is labeling the APRN Licensure Compact - an initiative that allows APRNs to have multi-state licensure - as "dangerous".

Why the AZANA promotes Teamwork in Anesthesia

Why the AZANA promotes Teamwork in Anesthesia

During SB 1336 there was a great deal of discussion about modernizing the laws for CRNAs, many of which remain outdated.  This was sometimes framed as "breaking up the team” or "changing standards" - a negative narrative that went so far, that in unprecedented fashion, national ASA leaders published an inflammatory video that failed to even speak to the issues at hand in Arizona.