CRNAs Center Stage

CRNAs and SRNAs take center stage in this new section of the TANA website. Do you have an interesting story to share? TANA wants to help you tell it! Please click here to submit inquiries and ideas today.

Davis, Davis, & Harbin: Conquering the Risks and Savoring the Rewards of Anesthesia Business Ownership

February 22, 2024

Starting up an anesthesia business can be equal parts daunting and rewarding. Just ask Ashley Davis, DNAP, NP, CRNA, her husband Nate Davis, DNAP, CRNA, and Steve Harbin, MSN, CRNA, partners in the rapidly growing anesthesia practice Advanced Anesthesia Solutions, Inc. (AAS) headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee. With AAS now in its 12th year, the three […]

Fred Reed, III: Sage Advice for Young People of Color Pursuing a Career in Nurse Anesthesiology

February 13, 2024

Celebrating Black History Month 2024 My name is Fred Reed, III, DNP, MBA(c), CRNA, APRN. I was inspired to go into nurse anesthesiology after being introduced to a CRNA at Louisiana State University – E.A. Conway Medical Center during the “A-HEC of a Summer” Program* in 2004. I was 13 years old. Rosalind Loyd-Chisley, the […]

Melissa Hayden, MSN, CRNA: Embracing the Challenges of Moving from the Head of the Table to Head of the Department

January 4, 2024

Melissa Hayden, MSN, CRNA, Executive Director of Surgical Services at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital in Jackson, Tennessee, has a unique perspective on moving from her previous role as Director of Nurse Anesthesia/Chief CRNA to Executive Director this past June. “I chose to practice anesthesia as it is truly an honor and a privilege to care […]

Jacob Geldrich, MS, CRNA: Give Him Five Minutes of Free Time and a Good Night’s Sleep, and See What Happens

October 24, 2023

As the saying goes, “Variety is the spice of life.” For some it means traveling to exotic locations, for others it’s the adrenaline rush of extreme sports…the list goes on. But for Jacob Geldrich, MS, CRNA, the newest partner in a thriving all-CRNA group in East Tennessee, it’s the lure of entrepreneurship that has led […]

Ikey DeVasher: Faith-Motivated Educator and Advocate

July 24, 2023

From finding her calling as a nurse anesthetist more than 50 years ago, to guiding a lifetime of SRNAs on their own journeys to becoming CRNAs, long-time nurse anesthesia educator and TANA member Mary Elizabeth “Ikey” DeVasher credits everything she’s accomplished to one thing: her faith in God. Recollecting her days as a student at […]

Anna McCleskey Honored as 2023 Recipient of the Patty Cornwell Steward & Advocacy Scholarship

June 16, 2023

TANA congratulates Anna McCleskey, DNP, CRNA, for being chosen as the 2023 recipient of the Patty Cornwell Stewardship and Advocacy Scholarship! A May 2023 graduate from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) College of Nursing Nurse Anesthesia Option, Anna is the third recipient of the scholarship. She will be honored on August 21 […]

Rachel Nall and Bethany Seale: Making Busy Look Easy

April 21, 2023

What do you call a person who works full time in a complex healthcare specialty, pursues their doctorate degree, raises small children, and volunteers to serve on a board or committee for their professional association…all at the same time? A CRNA, of course! Or you could call them Rachel and Bethany, two good friends and […]

LCDR Hope Ferguson, DNP, MBA, CRNA: Honored to be the First

February 23, 2023

Being the “first” is always an honor, but there are times when being the first is simply more important than at other times. This October, Lieutenant Commander Hope Ferguson, DNP, MBA, CRNA, president-elect of TANA, will become TANA’s first African American president. It is a significant moment in TANA history and a reason to celebrate! […]

Leaning Toward the Fun Side in Good Times and Bad

January 26, 2023

Brian Reid, CRNA, has always charted his own course with a smile on his face. At 70, after providing anesthesia for nearly 50 years, biking across the country, and surviving treatment for a rare form of cancer, he’s only now considering retirement. “My philosophy is we can make each day as fun or as miserable […]

A Moment of Epiphany in the Wake of Catastrophe

January 25, 2023

As far as 24-hour call goes, it had been a fairly ordinary shift for Larry Epps, CRNA, MS, on March 2-3, 2020. He had just finished a routine C-section and was anxious to get to his call room in hopes of catching a couple hours of sleep. Larry’s head had barely hit the pillow when […]

Just Get on Your Bike and Ride 2 Rosemary!

December 14, 2022

For Dwayne Accardo, DNP, CRNA, FAANA, participating in the Ride 2 Rosemary (R2R) presents a golden opportunity to combine two of his passions: giving back and cycling. Dwayne, who has been with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) since 2006, currently serves as the program administrator for the Nurse Anesthesiology Concentration. In his […]

A Soothing Nature with a Dash of Levity: The Secret Sauce in Brett Clay’s Recipe for Success

December 8, 2022

Brett Clay, DNP, CRNA, APRN, doesn’t strive to excel in his roles as charge CRNA, clinician, educator, mentor, and active TANA member for the accolades, but he received them just the same when he was named the 2022 Patty Cornwell Practitioner of the Year Award winner at this year’s TANA Annual Meeting. Voted on annually […]

Three Deserving TANA Members Recognized as Fellows of the AANA

August 17, 2022

TANA was well represented in the second class of Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (FAANA) which was inducted on Aug. 13 during the 2022 AANA Annual Congress in Chicago. Congratulations to TANA members Dwayne Accardo, DNP, CRNA, Linda Hill, DNSc, DNP, CRNA, and Lois Stewart, PhD, CRNA, for doing their profession and […]

Linda Hill, DNSc, DNP, CRNA,

Paying it Forward: The Mentor Mindset of TANA’s Linda Hill, CRNA

August 16, 2022

For long-time TANA member Linda Hill, DNSc, DNP, CRNA, mentoring SRNAs and new CRNAs on how to get involved in and give back to the profession she loves is simply her way of “paying it forward.” She wouldn’t have it any other way.  A nurse for 35 years, CRNA for 26, and nurse anesthesia educator […]

Mission accomplished! TANA CRNA Jerrod Weems elected to Hamblin County Board of Education

May 25, 2022

Last we heard from Jerrod Weems, MSN, CRNA, of Morristown, Tenn., it was CRNA Week 2022 and his sights were set on getting elected to and serving on the Hamblen County Board of Education. The primary for the board was scheduled for May 3, with Jerrod running as a Republican against another Republican candidate. Jerrod’s […]

UTHSC SRNA Charles Hoyt to Receive 2022 Patty Cornwell Scholarship

May 24, 2022

Congratulations to Charles A. Hoyt, SRNA, for being chosen as the 2022 recipient of the Patty Cornwell Stewardship and Advocacy Scholarship! An SRNA at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) College of Nursing Nurse Anesthesia Option and the student representative to UTHSC for the Tennessee Association of Student Nurse Anesthetists (TASNA), Charles is […]

“Just Go For It” More than a Motto for Filipino American CRNA Kevin Ergina

May 23, 2022

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2022 “Just Go For It” More than a Motto for Filipino American CRNA Kevin Ergina Filipino American CRNA Kevin Ergina was inspired to pursue a healthcare career by his parents, who immigrated to the U.S. in the 1980s. His father is a general surgeon and his mother a […]

National Nurses Week May 6-12, 2022!

May 5, 2022

Dear TANA Colleagues, “Being on the front lines” has taken on new meaning during COVID-19, but as nurses, the concept of front-line patient care is not new to us. Pandemic or no pandemic, nurses of all types—bedside, OR, ER, PACU, ICU, OB, advanced practice—are the front-line providers who are with patients the most, caring for them […]

Briana Covington, SRNA

February 14, 2022

Recently in my Professional Aspects anesthesia course we were assigned to choose a topic from a list of notable anesthesia events and people. After a quick skim through the list, I chose the name Goldie Brangman. I thought “That’s an interesting name – should be an interesting person.” Little did I know how much I […]

TANA Celebrates Black History Month

February 1, 2022

#BlackHistoryMonth February 2022 On this first day of Black History Month, TANA recognizes our Black CRNA and SRNA members for the safe, high-quality anesthesia care you provide to thousands of Tennesseans each year, and especially for your courage and dedication on the front lines of the ongoing fight against COVID-19. Thank you!     TANA […]

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