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November 2023 Newsletter

The November newsletter covers the following topics:

  • NYSANA Update, Mark Blazey
  • CRNA Week planning & events, Rachel Dubay and Michael Thamsen
  • Legislative Update, Sean McGarry
  • Health & Wellness, Meta Manguilis
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Daniel Payne
  • Social Media Round-up, Michael Thamsen
  • Event Calendar

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October 2023 Newsletter

The October newsletter covers the following topics:

  • From Mark Blazey: Goals for 2024
  • Government Relations Committee/Legislative Update
  • Awards Recipients
  • DNP Research Surveys for CRNAs
  • Upcoming Events

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Advocacy Alert: Nursing Advocacy Day on Saturday, November 4th

Dear Colleagues,

The Pace University College of Health Professions is hosting a Nursing Advocacy Day on Saturday, November 4th at One Pace Plaza Manhattan.

President Mark Blazey will be speaking about NYSANA’s advocacy efforts and lessons learned. Legislators will attend the 1:00PM - 3:00PM. All NYSANA members are encouraged to attend to brief New York lawmakers on the issues important to NYSANA.

The event is free and includes breakfast and lunch. Please register with the organizers and email Mark Blazey to let him know you will be there.


7:45am - 8:15am Registration and Breakfast

8:15am - 12:45pm Advocacy Education

1:00pm - 3:00pm Legislator Reception

See you there-

Sean McGarry,

NYSANA Immediate Past President and GRC chair

Message from the Board of Directors

Dear Members, 


NYSANA held its annual meeting on September 30, 2023. 48 voting members attended and approved ten bylaws amendments. Members can review these updates here. The current bylaws can be found on the NYSANA website.


The newly-elected board was installed at the end of the Annual Meeting. Due to the resignation of President-elect Kara Hedman, our newly-elected Vice President Mark Blazey moved directly into the President's role.

The new board voted to appoint Michael Cogan as interim Vice President to replace the position now vacated by Mark. David Monahan, NYSANA’s outgoing Secretary, was appointed to fill Michael Cogan's role as NYSANA Treasurer for the remainder of the term, which will expire in Fall 2024.

As an appointed officer, Michael Cogan will not move directly into the presidency role in fall 2024. Rather, the members will vote for the Vice President in the next election cycle. Similarly, David Monahan will serve as interim Treasurer for one year. When the ballot opens for 2024-2025, the members will then also vote for a Treasurer in the next election cycle. Mark Blazey will remain as President for 2 years.

The Board of Directors would like to thank Mark Blazey for transitioning into the role of NYSANA President so quickly. Mark will be supported by Past Presidents Sean McGarry and Giovanna Mahar, as well as the entire Board of Directors. We wish Kara Hedman well and welcome her to run again and serve the state in the future. She will be missed!

A list of board members can be found on the NYSANA website. Please reach out to any board member with questions.

September 2023 Newsletter

The September newsletter covers the following topics:


  • Call to Join the Meeting of the Membership on Saturday, September 30, 2023
  • Committee & Board Reports for 2022-2023
  • President’s Update on AANA Dues Increase, Legislative Strategy, and more!
  • Upcoming Calendar

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