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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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Summer Newsletter

The August newsletter covers the following topics:


  • President's newsletter including decison to hold a virtual spring meeting
  • Member poll: District meetings
  • Legislative Update
  • Board Election Update
  • Fall Meeting with Twin Oaks Workshop — click here to register
  • Upcoming Calendar

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Spectrum News Covers NYSANA Fight for Title

Spectrum News featured Sean McGarry and Jeremy Lombardoni in a 3-minute long story which aired Saturday June 3. The story underscores the meaning and importance of title recognition to our profession and healthcare in New York state.

Sean highlights our essential role in providing access to critical anesthesia services in rural and underserved areas. He explains how the passing of legislation would recognize CRNAs formally in state education law to increase both the quality and access to the anesthesia and surgical services across the state.

Jeremy's and Dr. Peter Dowling's story highlights the CRNA's role in addressing the opioid epidemic through opioid-free anesthesia. Jeremy also had a chance to explain the true meaning of physician supervision in anesthesia.

 We are grateful to all who contributed to this story.

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Improving healthcare for LGBTQIA+ Community

June is national LGBTQIA+ pride month. The meaning of Pride month is just as varied and multifaceted as the individuals that make up this unique and diverse community. Pride month is a time to reflect on what it means to live in one's most genuine and authentic truth and to express that truth in a way that is unabashed. Pride is also a time to reflect on the progress that the LGBTQIA+ community has made when it comes to rights and civil liberties while also highlighting further opportunities to close gaps in equity. During pride month the community comes together in the form of parades and celebrations to openly show support for each other and for those that are not yet comfortable living in their truth so that they feel less isolated.

The intersections of the queer community and healthcare highlight a history of disparity based on gender expression and sexual orientation that has been rooted in implicit bias, institutional barriers, and a lack of training in regard to specific community needs. This disparity manifests as decreased access to healthcare, increased prevalence of preventable medical conditions, and increased morbidity and mortality related to mental health when compared to the general population. This disparity becomes even more profound when compounded with belonging to other traditionally underserved communities. We as a society have made great strides in improving these conditions but there is still much work to be done.

Opportunities for improvement include but aren't limited to:

- Inclusive sexual health education
- Increased funding to public health resources
- Intentional health screening for queer patients that highlights disease prevention and mental health while maintaining a nonjudgmental atmosphere
- Improved employer benefits for same-sex partners
- Healthcare benefits that include access to gender-affirming care
- Legislation that makes discrimination based on gender expression and sexual orientation illegal on a federal level
- Inclusive and intentional education for healthcare providers about the history of disparity and the specific health needs of the LGBTQIA+ community
- Active recruitment of healthcare providers from the LGBTQIA+ community to help identify and bridge gaps in care that can lead to disparity

As this Pride month begins, now is the time to engage in conversations with our colleagues, teams, departments, and employers about what policies are in place to protect and serve members of the LGBTQIA+ community who are seeking care as well as those who are providing care. Together we can help to make our places of healing to be open and equitable to everyone under the rainbow. 

May Newsletter

Stay up-to-date on the latest NYSANA news.

In this month's newsletter, NYSANA President, Sean McGarry recaps the recent Advocacy Day.

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CBS News Coverage of Advocacy Day 2023

Watch Advocacy Day New Coverage on CBS

NYSANA in New York Daily News

Rural Healthcare Op-Ed by NYSANA members

Thank you to Elyse Gallo, CRNA, Michael Thamsen, CRNA and Sean McGarry, CRNA, for submitting this opinion piece to the New York Daily News, discussing CRNAs practicing at the top of their license as a viable solution to New York's rural healthcare crisis. See Page 6.

Buffalo News Op Ed

Another Voice: Supervision of CRNAs is unnecessary and impedes care

Read President Sean McGarry's op-ed in the Buffalo News.

"Removing unnecessary supervision requirements increases access to care for all New Yorkers. This must be the priority. Right now, New York is the only state in the country that has not formally recognized the title and scope of practice of a CRNA. No more waiting! New York needs to come through for its CRNAs."


April Newsletter

Stay up-to-date on the latest NYSANA news.

In this month's newsletter, NYSANA President, Sean McGarry celebrates the profession of CRNAs.

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February 2023 Newsletter

Stay up-to-date on the latest NYSANA news.

In this month's newsletter, NYSANA President, Sean McGarry discusses the legislative agenda 

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Spectrum News Coverage of Sim Day

Simulation day at the Capital was a great success! We were pleased that news coverage featured NYSANA President Sean McGarry and the testimony of patient Michael Boots. You can watch it here.

Our next meeting at the state capital will be Tuesday, May 9, 2023. This is NYSANA's annual Advocacy Day where we will meet with legislators and push for our legislation. We will show strength through our numbers! Please plan to represent the profession. Registration will close on Friday, April 7 to allow time for the GRC committee to set up meetings for you with your State Senators and Assemblymembers. We hope you will join us!!


AMC Residents win Goldie Brangman Award for 2022

Chris Erlichman, BSN, RN and Yanet Segura, BSN, RN receive the 2022 Goldie Brangman Award

Goldie Brangman, CRNA, MEd, MBA was an accomplished CRNA and exceptional mentor. Goldie served as the first and only African American President of the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology and President of NYSANA from 1960 - 1961. She famously treated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., after a near-fatal assassination attempt in 1958.

Every year at the Annual Fall Meeting the Goldie Brangman Award winner is announced. This year, two nurse anesthesia residents were named for their outstanding research and demonstrated work.

Chris Erlichman, BSN, RN and Yanet Segura, BSN, RN (Albany Medical College of Nurse Anesthesia) were recognized for their presentation on Evaluating Analgesic and Pulmonary Outcomes of Ultrasound-Guided Thoracic Fascial Plane Blocks as an Early Intervention in Multiple-Rib Fractures.

Read below to learn more about Chris and Yanet, their research and what it means to be named recipients.

Why is it important to be NYSANA members?

Yanet: Being NYSANA members can only solidify our induction into the profession that has provided anesthesia in the United States for over 150 years. As residents of New York State (the ONLY state remaining without a CRNA scope of practice bill), it is so imperative that we are part of this professional organization. As we fight for recognition, we aim to communicate how vital [CRNAs] are to patients and the country's healthcare system. We owe it to the future of nurse anesthesiology, a career we vigorously fought to join.  

Why does evaluating Analgesic and Pulmonary Outcomes of Ultrasound-Guided Thoracic Fascial Plane Blocks as an Early Intervention in Multiple-Rib Fractures interest or excite you?

Chris: As Trauma ICU nurses, we saw patients with multiple-rib fractures that could have benefited tremendously from regional anesthesia and analgesia. Implementing the latest techniques to combat pain, especially in those with chest trauma, is crucial to improving patient outcomes. We firmly believe many patients go without these services because of a lack of familiarity among those taking care of them daily. There should be a more diligent push to include anesthesia experts’ input wherever there is a conversation about pain management. Thus, as highly trained and skillful anesthesia providers, CRNAs should step up to the call. 

As we currently complete our education to become nurse anesthetists, we strive to practice to the full extent of our training, including using regional anesthesia for pain management across a broad patient population. Acknowledging this early on in our new career allows us to advance the profession, open the door for more jobs, and, most importantly, improve access to care for our patients.

What does it mean to you both to be awarded this recognition?

Yanet: As minority students who are both first-generation college graduates, we have a unique appreciation for this award. Ms. Brangman made considerable contributions to our profession, and we only hope to one day fill a small portion of her shoes. Here's to her providing the foundation while we stand on the shoulders of giants and try to contribute our piece to the history of nurse anesthesia.

What do you hope to gain from being members of NYSANA?

Chris: As students, we experienced and interacted with members of national and state organizations and saw firsthand how vital it is to the advancement of CRNAs. NYSANA provides the infrastructure needed for nurse anesthetists in New York to unite and protect this profession. We hope that with our active membership, we can tackle the challenges we face on our home turf.

Meet your 2022 - 2023 NYSANA Board of Directors Candidates

We are pleased to announce the slate of candidates for the 2022 - 2023 Board of Directors! The candidates were announced at the NYSANA Business Meeting on May 1, 2022. Learn more about each candidate here. 

Electronic voting will open on Monday, July 11 at 9:00 AM and close at 11:59 PM on Tuesday, July 26.

Inside Edition Interviews NYSANA Past President, Yana Krmic, and AANA President, Dina Velocci, on Burnout from Healthcare Workers as a Result of COVID-19

Inside Edition goes in-depth on healthcare worker burnout in their latest article, "Plagued With COVID-Related PTSD and Burnout, the Healthcare Worker's Vocation to Help Endures Even 2 Years On". Yana Krmic, NYSANA Immediate Past President, and Dina Velocci, AANA President, share their experiences on worker burnout and the impact COVID-19 has had on healthcare workers.

The AANA offers support, information, and helpful resources through their Peer Assistance program. Learn more here or call their helpline at 800-654-5167. 

"Burnout, addiction issues, PTSD and misinformation battles are just some of the trials healthcare professionals continue to endure two years into the COVID-19 pandemic. So what keeps them going? The overwhelming calling to help others.

It has been two years since COVID-19 brought the U.S. and world at large to its knees, spurring sudden lockdowns, travel restrictions and work-from-home orders. Then came mask mandates, restaurant closures, crowd size limitations and grocery shortages. 

But with the same fears and anxieties came a commitment to protecting one another, a dedication to finding safe ways to keep in touch with loved ones, and most of all, support for frontline workers who have put their lives at risk to help others."

“You’re used to providing anesthesia care and saying to patients in the pre-op area, ‘I’ll give you something to go to sleep. You’re going to wake up, I’ll see you in the recovery room,’” nurse anesthetist Yana Krmic told Inside Edition Digital. Krmic was also the previous president of the New York State Association of Nurse Anesthetists. “Now, [you're] giving them the same anesthetics and realizing that you don’t know if they’re going to wake up.”

Watch the video and read the full article from Inside Edition here.

NYSANA President, Giovanna Mahar, Recognized in New York State Labor Power 100 List!

Our very own NYSANA President, Giovanna Mahar, was named to @City and State NY 2022 New York State Labor Power 100 List. This recognition highlights local leaders who are waging battles on behalf of the state’s workers.

This nomination recognizes Giovanna and the role NYSANA plays in pushing the state Legislature to broaden the responsibilities of CRNAs by passing scope of practice for CRNAs. Giovanna continues to advocate for CRNAs to operate without physician supervision by law – which we’ve been able to do during the COVID-19 pandemic thanks to the executive orders.

View Giovanna's tribute and see who else made the list!

NYSANA President, Giovanna Mahar, Published in Dentistry Today

Dentistry Today, the Nations Leading Clinical News Magazine for Dentists, published NYSANA President, Giovanna Mahar's op-ed piece on "The Importance of Safe Anesthesia During Dental Care".

"Attitudes and habits established at an early age are critical in maintaining good oral health throughout life. During February, National Children’s Dental Health Month, it is important to know how to keep your child’s teeth healthy and that they have access to safe dental care in New York. As president of the New York State Association of Nurse Anesthetists and a mother of 4, I encourage parents to not only teach their children good dental habits, but also work with their dental team to help ensure the delivery of sedation or safe anesthesia care is provided by a qualified, licensed anesthesia professional such as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)."

Read the full article.