Dear TANA Members,
One of my favorite quotes about service is from Mahatma Gandhi, who said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” I am deeply honored to serve as your 2023 TANA President and excited about the future of our profession and state organization.
I want to take a moment to congratulate Past President Brad Koss and our Board on all their relentless work and accomplishments over the past year.
I also want to thank the 410 TANA members who made this year’s annual meeting—our 85th—such an incredible event. I am always re-energized after our annual conference!
If you were unable to attend this year’s meeting, please circle October 6-8, 2023, on your calendar and plan to be part of the experience in 2023!
Again, I am extremely excited about future opportunities for our profession and our state association as reflected in several legislative initiatives happening at the national and state levels. Chief among them is H.R. 8812, the Improving Care and Access to Nurses (ICAN) Act, which would amend parts of the Social Security Act and the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 to increase patient access to services provided by advanced practice registered nurses under the Medicare and Medicaid programs. I strongly encourage all TANA members to visit www.anesthesiafacts.com.
Finally, the AANA continues pushing to allow CRNAs to practice to the full scope of their licensure in Veterans Affairs facilities. As a former VA CRNA, this issue is close to my heart and one that TANA fully supports.
Over the next year you will be hearing from your district leaders and committee members who will be asking for your:
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Please answer their calls and join us in serving our profession.
I look forward to meeting you, hearing from you, and working for you this year.
Jim Alberding, DNP, CRNA, APN