The Arizona Association of Nurse Anesthetists’ greatest strength comes from our exceptionally devoted network of members and associate members. Thank you all. As our member numbers continue to grow within our state, we continue working to eliminate barriers and create opportunities for your practice. Within this update, I would like to share with you some of our latest news and information.
Evolution and Transformation
Not unlike the current transformation of the AANA, your AZANA is continually working to evolve to meet the current needs of our state association. One of our stated goals for FY19 was a renewed focus on improved organizational efficiency. It is in this spirit and with much consideration from your Board of Directors that we are eager to announce a new partnership with KCA Association Management Meetings & Events based out of Chandler, AZ. KCA brings with them 30 plus years in the industry and a well-rounded team of in-house experts. The AZANA will be contracted with our new management company starting January 1st, 2019. The transition process is already underway and we are excited to begin working with the leadership at KCA. Please note that with this transition there is a new mailing address and phone number for the association. Please be sure to update your records with the information below:
107 S. Southgate Dr.
Chandler, AZ 85226
Lobby Day, January 29th, 2019
The AZANA will once again be joining our nursing colleagues with the Arizona Nurses Association (AzNA) for RN Day at the Capitol 2019. We will be joining fellow APRNs and RNs from around the state to advocate for our profession. Registration is required to attend, and spots are limited. You may also consider an AzNA membership for discounted member rates. Online registration is available until 1/11/2019.
CRNAs of AZ PAC
We cannot stress enough the importance of maintaining AZANA’s presence at the Capitol and continuing to build upon key relationships with our legislators. YourCRNAs of AZ PAC is instrumental in keeping Arizona a place where CRNAs continue to have opportunity. Our PAC strength as a foundation of our advocacy is only possible with your continued support. Please consider becoming a CRNAs of AZ PAC recurring contributor. This can be easily done in about 60 seconds, just follow the link below!
Expanded CE Opportunities
The AZANA is proud to have expanded our CE offerings with a successful inaugural Sun & Sedona 2018 Conference this last November. We look forward to continuing this additional in-state anesthesia conference that functions not only to educate our members but to support our profession in Arizona. We would love to see you at our upcoming Sun & Fun 2019 Conference March 14-17th, 2019 atThe Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch.
In response to member requests, the AANA has introduced two new methods by which members can pay annual dues. You now have the option to make quarterly membership dues payments using the AANA website (with a credit card). In addition, you may pay dues for multiple years at one time.
The AANA has also instituted a temporary waiver of the dues payment late fee ($25) as part of AANA’s win-back campaign to renew lapsed (dropped) memberships. CRNAs with lapsed memberships may renew without paying the late fee from December 1st, 2018 to February 28th, 2019. 36% ($232.50) of your AANA dues come straight back to your AZANA, and are a vital component to our existence!
In addition to supporting your state association, key member benefits include the following: a full-time staff of state legislative experts, 6 free CEs, CE tracking, free consultations with expert staff on practice issues, research initiatives, business matters, AANA publications, and the ability to vote, hold office, and serve on committees. More information on benefits can be found online, simply follow the link below.
Many Arizona CRNAs can have their association membership dues reimbursed by their employers. For the rest of us who do not have such employee benefits, they can be written off in most circumstances (consult your tax expert for details). Please encourage your colleagues who are not members to consider taking advantage of this late fee waiver and supporting the only association looking out specifically for our profession in the great state of Arizona.
Party on a Bike
The AZANA Wellness Committee presents: Party on a Bike, January 19th, 2019 at 12 noon at The Madison Tempe. Come kick off your New Year and CRNA Week 2019 with this high-energy indoor cycling class! This event is FREE for AZANA members and their guests. Shoe rental and water will be provided. RSVP on Facebook -or- via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope to see you there!
On behalf of your AZANA Board of Directors, we would like to wish you Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!
Shaun K. Ferrie, CRNA
AZANA President FY19