What Do You Value?
hat is the benefit of belonging
W to the AANA? As an 18-year
member, who practices within a
challenging arena my answer is as simple as
Jackie Rowles, CRNA, MBA, MA, FAAPM
As many of you know, our Association The Business of AANA Membership
it is obvious: advocacy and preservation of activities also benefit the few CRNAs who are I have had a few emails from members
our profession! But the benefits of member- nonmembers—a reality that is upsetting to concerning the amount of dues paid to the
ship don’t stop there. Let me remind you of some of our membership. However, I believe AANA and also questioning the $25 late fee
the information that was included in the the best way to handle this is to educate our that is assessed for dues payments not
fiscal year 2009 dues statement. The follow- nonmember colleagues about the benefits of received by Oct. 31. Both of these policies
ing dues breakdown covers the services you belonging to the AANA and taking an active are addressed in the Bylaws and Standing
receive as a member of the AANA: role in the future of our profession. Rules of the American Association of Nurse
• 25 percent is used for advocacy for the More specifically, the AANA is involved Anesthetists.
nurse anesthesia profession. in many important activities and initiatives, The current dues amount was determined
including state and federal advocacy for at the 2006 Annual Business Meeting and
• 36 percent is returned to the individual
recognition of CRNAs, protection of CRNA was the result of a resolution brought forth
state associations to assist in funding the
reimbursement and practice rights, provider by the membership. There was debate on the
necessary components of an effective
state association. wellness, public relations, and establishing floor, and amendments were offered.
evidenced-based practice standards and Members who attended that meeting voted
• 17 percent is used for administrative guidelines. It truly takes the commitment of for a dues increase of $150, payable in $50
management of the Park Ridge and all of us, both professionally and financially, incremental increases over a three year
Washington, D.C., offices.
to best position our profession for future period. Along with the overall dues increase,
• 10 percent is allocated to the State challenges. Great rewards come from profes- there were additional monies allocated, per
Organizational Development/Strategic sional involvement. Making a difference member, to state associations ($232.50) and
Reserve Fund, which is used to assist encourages us, inspires us, and energizes the Organizational Health Allocation/Strategic
state associations with special financial us. Taking ownership and pride in our Reserve Fund (OHA/SRF) ($62.50). It is
needs. Association and profession helps secure our important to realize that the AANA actually
• 9 percent is allocated to publications, future and the provision of high-quality and receives $350 per member. This year was the
which keep our members informed safe anesthesia care to the public. It is diffi- final year of the dues increase, so our dues
clinically, academically and politically. cult for me to understand why anyone would will now remain at the current level, barring
• 3 percent is used to assist with recertifi- opt out of AANA membership! any further membership resolutions.
cation fees. Over the past 20 years, our dues have
averaged 0.4 percent, or four-tenths of one
This is the cu