Post Written by Jean Covillo, Managing Partner for Excel Anesthesia
I look forward to seeing many of my fellow CRNAs at the AANA Mid-Year Assembly in Arlington, VA at the Crystal Gateway Marriott. The Mid-Year Assembly informs attendees about legislative issues affecting nurse anesthesia practice, encourages them to become advocates for the nurse anesthesia practice and profession, and provides opportunities to meet with legislative representatives for states and regions. The Mid-Year Assembly is for all CRNAs and student registered nurse anesthetists interested in issues, trends and influences related to practice and professional advocacy.
I have scheduled time to meet with US Congressman Sam Graves, from Missouri’s 6th congressional district, and Senator Roy Blunt to have general discussions regarding CRNAs and the importance of allowing them to practice to the full extent of their education and training. When it comes to APRNs, Missouri is one of the most restrictive states, as well as having a large medically underserved population. We need to educate our legislators about the important role all APRNs play in providing quality healthcare to those medically underserved citizens of Missouri and across the United States. I encourage all those attending the AANA Mid-Year Assembly to schedule time to meet with the US Senators that represent your State and US Congressmen and Congresswomen that represent your District.