President's Update

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The AZANA is very excited to present to CRNAs nationwide a state-sponsored neuraxial and regional education symposium. 

Success does not come easy.

Recently, a large, for-profit company attempted to bully the AZANA. This company threatened legal recourse on the grounds that we are offering a conference in Sedona around the same time that they are offering a conference. According to our legal team, we are completely within our rights to offer a competitive, superior education experience. It is hard to not feel betrayed as this company utilizes CRNAs to deliver most of their lecture material. We have stood our ground and have prevailed, bringing the first AZANA fall conference to fruition. 

The Sun & Sedona 2018 Conference will offer three days of extensive training in regional procedures and skills. Ce2U has graciously planned the program agenda for the weekend, catering it to CRNA practice and utilizing both lecture and hands-on training. This is a very unique opportunity unlike anything we’ve experienced here in Arizona. The Sun & Sedona 2018 Conference will be an incredible education experience brought to you by CRNAs for CRNAs.

As we continue to work diligently to promote this exciting fall event, your board members continue to work behind the scenes to secure your profession and promote AANA membership. Most recently, the AZANA worked in conjunction with the Board of Nursing to reinstate Arizona CRNAs ability to successfully apply for DEA licensure. This has been a long road with many roadblocks and speedbumps. The AZANA must give a huge “thank you” to U.S. Senator Jeff Flake for lending his voice and concern to this issue. 

The AZANA has been networking with student registered nurse anesthetists from Midwestern University and The University of Arizona. We have had two very successful student events this year where we have promoted the importance of association membership and political involvement. According to data collected by the AANA, there has been a dramatic decrease in membership for CRNAs with zero to five years of experience. The AZANA feels that by including students in our endeavors and goals for the future, the excitement and momentum will continue beyond graduation. Fellow AZANA board members were able to join me in meeting the incoming SRNAs during their orientation. I feel strongly that our education system will only grow stronger and create some of the nation’s best nurse anesthesiologists. Thank you to both programs for allowing us to visit.

The AZANA is proud to be associated with the CRNAs from the great state of Arizona. We always have the security of our profession and the best interests of our membership as our focus. Our goal is success and security. Thank you for being nurse anesthesiologists and making this association one of the strongest in the nation.


Chad Peterson, DNAP, CRNA

AZANA President