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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Update on a Hectic and Productive Season ecember is upon us, and I cannot D believe how quickly the time has gone since I began my term as AANA president in August. Fall has simply flown Jackie Rowles, CRNA, MBA, MA, FAAPM by—literally and figuratively! Fall is my favorite time of year, and traveling pretty across the country. In Minneapolis, our very with the CRNA members of the Commission much coast to coast gave me endless oppor- own nurse anesthesia students volunteered to on Anesthesia Economics and Reimbursement tunities to enjoy an aerial view of the coun- work at this event! to review and discuss the commission’s try’s landscape. Visiting state meetings and recommendations. representing our Association at the meetings Joint Committee Conference of other organizations has been a great expe- (JCC)/Board Orientation— Commission on Anesthesia rience. I would like to take this time to September 11-14 Economics and provide you with a status update on some of On Thursday, Sept. 11, the AANA Executive Reimbursement (CAER) the AANA activities over the last few months. Committee and new region directors met in Following that meeting, the Board had a Chicago for a grueling, full day of media lengthy conference call completing our in- AANA Hosts Events at the training. That evening, the rest of the Board depth review of the CAER Report and recom- Democratic and Republican and AANA staff directors participated in a mendations. Many recommendations have National Conventions team-building bowling event. On Friday, been referred to various AANA committees The AANA, along with The Creative Board orientation began, and the afternoon and departments for development of imple- Coalition, the American Nurses Association, was quite busy as the Board, staff, and mentation plans. Current plans are for the AARP, American Physical Therapy committee chairs attended sessions on how CAER to meet at some point in the year after Association, American Health Care to run effective meetings and conference implementation of various recommendations Association, and the National Center for calls. Saturday morning, the JCC kicked off and the gathering of additional requested Assisted Living, hosted town hall meetings with a motivational speaker, one of our own data. Again, another area to stay tuned to, for during both the Democratic and Republican members, Jeanne Stawiecki, CRNA, a Nurse more information. National Conventions to discuss vital health- Anesthetist who appears twice in the Guiness care issues. The events were titled “From Book of World Records. She is the only Meetings Task Force Hollywood to the Hill: Speak Out on Health woman who has both run a marathon and The Meetings Task Force met during the Care—If I Had One Minute with the Next reached the summits of the highest mountain weekend of Sept. 20-21 in Chicago. The task President.” Our popular event brought peaks on all seven continents. She achieved force created a system for reviewing data together professionals from the fields of this after being a heavy smoker and a non- from past AANA Annual Meetings, assem- healthcare, policy, media, and entertainment exerciser. The story of her incredible journey, blies, and other meetings, developing a to share ideas and views on health system fight, and triumph moved many of us to membership survey to gather data on reform. In both Denver and St. Paul, there tears. Believe me when I say that you will be member interests, needs, and preferences for were over 40 different national and inter
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