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February 2022 Newsletter

Stay up to date on the latest NYSANA news.

In this month's newsletter, NYSANA President, Giovanna Mahar, discussed important updates and announcements such as Legislative News, Upcoming NYSANA Events, and more! 

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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)."

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AANA CEO Search Underway

Applications are now being accepted for position of AANA Chief Executive Officer. The AANA has partnered with Korn Ferry executive search firm to conduct a nationwide search. To work alongside Korn Ferry, the AANA Board of Directors has appointed a search committee composed of CRNAs, AANA staff, and former AANA presidents who have previous executive search experience.

As chief staff officer, the CEO provides overall staff leadership and management of Association operations, acts as a key representative and spokesperson for the AANA. The CEO serves as Executive Secretary to the Board of Directors (BOD), President and CEO of all AANA for-profit entities, and as a member of the AANA Foundation Board of Trustees. The CEO is responsible for providing strategic, financial, and operational leadership for the company and  will closely coordinate and work with the BOD and senior leadership team. A minimum of 10 years’ experience in a C-suite, executive leadership role, or its equivalent is required. Previous CEO experience preferred. A postgraduate degree is required; a doctoral degree is preferred.

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A Message from Your President

Stay up to date on the latest NYSANA news.

NYSANA President, Giovanna Mahar's latest newsletter covers important updates and announcements such as Legislative, Political Action Committee, Board & District News and more! 

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NYSANA President, Giovanna Mahar, testifies at the NY assembly Public Hearing on the Impact of COVID-19 on the Delivery of Health Care and the Health Care Workforce

Last Wednesday, November 17, 2021, NYSANA President, Giovanna Mahar, took to the court room to testify in a Committee Hearing at the New York State Assembly about "Lessons Learned During the COVID-19 Pandemic." The Committee was interested in assessing the lessons learned during the pandemic, including the appropriateness of Executive Orders issued by the Governor during the declared emergency period as it relates to access to health care and training requirements of health care workers. Giovanna speaks upon the unnecessary restrictions placed on CRNAs and the significance of Executive Order 4, originally issued during the height of the pandemic by former Governor Cuomo. The order suspends the health code to remove the supervision requirements for advanced practice registered nurses with a doctorate or master’s degree specializing in the administration of anesthesia. This allows for CRNAs to have full scope of practice utilization and assists in patient care and staffing workload. Giovanna continues on to discuss the important role of CRNAs and the need for a formal scope of practice in New York State.

Watch Giovanna's full testimony here.

NYSANA President, Giovanna Mahar, published in The Register Star

We're happy to announce that our President, Giovanna Mahar's, recent op-ed regarding Full Practice Authority in Veterans Healthcare was published in The Register Star, a daily newspaper published in Hudson, New York and covering all of Columbia County. 

"The current barrier to CRNA in the VA health system is an anti-competitive action recognized by the FTC, AMVETS, one of the largest veterans’ service organizations in the United States, and others. It is time to bust the healthcare monopoly within the VA and ensure our veterans have the care they need and deserve for their sacrifice and services."

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NYSANA urges the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to create national standards of practice that will allow Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) to practice at the full extent of their training, education, and licensure.

As we take the time this month to honor the more than 892,000 veterans who live in New York State, it is important to remember that we owe America’s veterans far more than words of gratitude. They have earned the best, most timely healthcare—without long waits and red tape—through the Veterans Administration (VA). As President of the New York State Association of Nurse Anesthetists I urge the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to create national standards of practice that will allow Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) to practice at the full extent of their training, education, and licensure. Removing barriers so that advanced practice providers, including CRNAs, can practice to the top of the education and licensure is the right policy and honors those who have served our country.

This move will not only expand access to care for veterans but decrease wait times so that care can be delivered when they need it most, while decreasing the cost of that care for the VA.  In addition, it would allow the VA needed flexibility with rural facilities and providers working across state lines.

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CRNAs provide critical service to the military and veterans

CRNAs are the primary providers of anesthesia care to U.S military personnel and our nation’s veterans. We thank these CRNAs for their critical service.

Nurses first provided anesthesia on the battlefields of the American Civil War. During World War I, nurse anesthetists became the predominant providers of anesthesia care to wounded soldiers on the front lines. Today, CRNAs have full practice authority in every branch of the military and are the primary providers of anesthesia care to U.S. military personnel on front lines, navy ships, and aircraft evacuation teams around the globe.

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A Message from the NYSANA Vice President

Are You Ready to Pass Our Legislation? Let's "Get It Through in '22"

NYSANA Colleagues:

It is an honor to serve the 2021-2022 term as your president. I look forward to meeting and working with as many of you as possible this year. Your board is a geographically diverse group that will assist in engagement and ask for involvement from you.

Legislative Update
On September 27, 2021, New York State Governor Kathy Hochul declared a state of emergency based on the healthcare staffing shortage and issued Executive Order 4. It was announced on October 27 that Executive Order 4 has been extended until November 26, 2021. This order suspends the health code to remove the supervision requirements for advanced practice registered nurses with a doctorate or master’s degree specializing in the administration of anesthesia. Does this sound familiar? This executive order is consistent with the previous directives as issued by former Governor Cuomo during the height of the pandemic. We now have two governors that have recognized the importance of the entire health care team. Let's build off that momentum to remind and encourage our facilities to follow the suggestions of the Governor’s executive order. Tensions are high and morale is low, full scope of practice utilization can assist in patient care and staffing workload. We are working to establish relationships with the Governor’s team and to continue to discuss the important role of CRNAs and the need for a formal scope of practice in New York State.

2021 - 2022 Goals
I have two main goals:

1. Passing our legislation, or as I like to say "Get it through in '22."
2. Engage the membership.

In my humble opinion, these two goals go hand in hand, and they involve YOU. Despite the opportunities, COVID-19 provided our profession, we’ve fallen short of our previous goals. This needs to speak to every one of us! This displays that despite the environment being ripe for change, change will not occur unless we become bigger and louder. This means that change starts with us, the NYSANA membership. So, let’s stand together and advocate for what we know we deserve, for what is long overdue and what has already been done in 49 other states. Help protect your profession and your practice!

Below are immediate steps NYSANA encourages you to take to get involved and advocate for your profession.

Read Bill S5435
In order to successfully advocate for your profession, you have to know and understand what we are fighting for as an organization. Start by reading Bill S5435. If you have any questions regarding the bill, please reach out to Chair of the Government Relations Committee, Amy Harbeck.















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A Message from the NYSANA President

Katherine M. Grosner receives the 2021 Goldie Brangman Award

Katherine Marina Grosner, DNP, CRNA

Every year at the Annual Fall Meeting the Goldie Brangman Award is given to a deserving SRNA. Goldie Brangman, CRNA, MEd, MBA was an accomplished CRNA and exceptional mentor. She served as the first and only African American President of the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology and President of NYSANA from 1960 - 1961. Goldie famously treated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., after a near-fatal assassination attempt in 1958.  

This year's Goldie Brangman Award recipient is Katherine M. Grosner (University of Buffalo Nurse Anesthesia Program), Evaluating the Barriers to Opioid-Free Anesthesia for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists in Diverse Practice Settings through the Creation of a Survey Tool. Read below to learn more about Katherine, her research into opioid alternatives, what it means to her to be awarded the Goldie Brangman Award and why being a member of NYSANA is important

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UltraCare Featured on "Viewpoint with Dennis Quaid"

The life-saving work performed by CRNA’s during the pandemic and the game-changing impact of UltraCare’s innovative COVID-19 Emergency Response and Vaccine Teams was highlighted in the most recent segment of the educational television show "Viewpoint with Dennis Quaid."

The segment “Med-Tech Series: Managing & Administering the COVID-19 Vaccine” tells the story of how UltraCare quickly developed and deployed teams of CRNAs and other medical professionals from around the country to fill critical care gaps in hospital ICUs and to provide life protecting vaccinations to more than 200,000 seniors at elder care facilities in several states.

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Announcing the NYSANA Fall Meeting Speakers & Topics




  • Pharmaco-Who? Pharmacogenomics in Anesthesia Care & Preoperative risk stratification: What do we need to know now? with Dru Riddle, Texas Christian University, Associate Professor of Professional Practice, School of Nurse Anesthesia. North Star Anesthesia.  Region Director, AANA PhD, DNP, CRNA, FAAN 
  • Anesthesia Reimbursement and Compliance & Cost Effective Analysis - Best Practices with Dr. Juan Quintana, COO, Sleepy Anesthesia Associates, LLC, Past President AANA, DNP, MHS, CRNA
  • NYSANA Update to the Membership with Yana Krmic, President, NYSANA, CRNA, MSN
  • Effective Member Advocacy to Drive Change with Ralph Kohl, Senior Director, Federal Government Affairs, AANA 
  • AANA Update to Membership & Caring for the Parturient with Co-Morbidities with Dina Velocci, President, AANA , DNP, CRNA
  • Sleeping with Mary Jane: Cannabis Considerations for the CRNA with Daniel D. King, DNP, CRNA, CPPS

Learn more about the Fall Meeting speakers here!

Advocates push Governor Cuomo to sign air ambulance legislation into law

Advocates say that every day a piece of legislation awaits Governor Cuomo signature, lives could be at risk. Legislation that would allow medical helicopters to carry blood and perform transfusions passed the Senate and Assembly last month but needs Cuomo’s approval to become law. The story of Binghamton resident Travis Flanagan inspired many lawmakers who worked on the bill. Flanagan was in a horrific farming accident in March that lead to both of his legs being amputated. Flanagan, who works as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, believes the blood Guthrie Air had on board saved his life. Flanagan has enlisted the assistance of his colleagues in the New York State Association of Nurse Anesthetists in raising awareness of the issue and lobbying the Governor to sign the legislation.

Meanwhile, Flanagan has been fitted for prosthetic legs with a goal of being able to stand for the birth of his third child who is due on July 15th.

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Meet your 2021-2022 candidates for NYSANA Board of Directors

We are pleased to announce the slate of candidates for the 2021/2022 board! The following candidates were announced at the NYSANA Business Meeting on May 15, 2021. Learn more about each candidate here

Electronic voting will open on Tuesday, July 6 at 9:00 AM and conclude on Tuesday, July 20.

Yana Krmic on CBS6

NYSANA continues to fight for our CRNA’s to get both a license and autonomy in our work. At the height of the pandemic, Governor Cuomo allowed CRNA’s to practice without being supervised by a physician as we performed countless intubations in life and death situations for Covid-19 patients. Now, we want that executive order to be made permanent.  New York State is the only state in the nation that does not recognize the certified registered nurse anesthetist in this way. Check out President, Yana Krmic on CBS6 fighting for our CRNAs https://bit.ly/3iFH0qz

Yana Krmic on Capital Tonight

NYSANA President, Yana Krmic was featured on Spectrum News’ Capital Tonight, calling on lawmakers to make permanent the provision approved by Gov. Andrew Cuomo during the pandemic that allowed nurse anesthetists to administer anesthesia without the supervision of a physician or a surgeon. Removing the supervision requirement would have a huge impact on patient care and access and ease budgetary pressure for health care workers. Check it out: https://bit.ly/2TVpioR

Extensive Education CRNAs Receive

A certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) works as an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) who administers anesthesia to patients, typically during surgical, diagnostic, obstetric or other medical procedures. CRNAs complete advanced nursing degrees either at the master’s or doctoral levels. In addition to their advanced nursing degrees, CRNA candidates must obtain national certification in their field. Here’s a look at the extensive education CRNAs receive.

A Recap of 2021 Nurses Week




NYSANA Members:

On the heels of the 2021 National Nurses Week celebration, we again want to say THANK YOU for all that you do.

Please click on the video here that showcases some of our NYSANA member CRNAs in action.




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