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Please share your views on the final NBCRNA/CPC recertification proposal and future interactions and collaborations between AANA and the NBCRNA and COA.
Sharon Phillips Pearce - Clearly the NBCRNA roll out was not optimal. Although the AANA did not make the decisions on the process, we have learned from the NBCRNA. I started in the AANA on the PR committee. We charged the PR committee to design a crisis communication plan that can be used in the future so we can assure communication to the members. The recent issues with NBCRNA and COA have shown us that communication is imperative and transparency is optimal. We must maintain thoughtful, decisive, dialogue with our affiliates to continue to maintain our history of high quality providers.
Of all the AANA offices the Vice President duties appear pretty vague, assuming nothing happens to the President-elect, what do you hope to accomplish as Vice President ?
Karen Eisberner - As AANA Vice President, I will assist the organization in achieving its collective goals, not only in promoting our profession and practice, but also in opening doors to greater opportunity. I will strive to bring both new and old members together to communicate on topics that are relevant to the future success of our association. We encourage members to become involved, but I also believe we need to solicit those members that possess qualities that are valued and invite them to participate, fostering mentorship, and succession planning. I will work to keep the profession relevant and competitive through strategic thinking and planning. Through the aforementioned processes, I will work to improve organizational effectiveness of state associations and foster a culture of trust and membership involvement.
There are two candidates for AANA Vice President, Karen Eisberner and Sharon Phillips Pearce and both have agreed to respond to five questions on CRNAbiz.com.
1) You have spent time on the Board and now are preparing to move deeper into AANA leadership, how has your Board experience prepared you to be Vice President ?
Sharon Phillips Pearce - I think the term “deeper” is a misnomer. Each of us on the board has a vote, one vote. Since I have served on the board we have served as “one” entity. All board members are included in discussions and invited to any meeting.
Although being Vice President is on the executive committee, my role as a voting member representing the members will not be different from my role as Region Director.
For the first time in it's history the AANA adjourned the Monday afternoon session early to enable CRNAs from across the country to pay final tribute to Ira P. Gunn CRNA, MLN,FAAN.
Ira's close friends & family, with support from AANA & NBCRNA, provided a memorable event followed by a reception at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial.
Describe the relationship AANA, NBCRNA, and the COA should share?
Anthony Chipas - Since I first joined the AANA many years ago, we have seen a continuing evolution of the relationships between the AANA, NBCRNA and COA. Each of these relationships is unique and vital to the health of our profession. The focus of these organizations is different, the AANA is here to protect the rights of nurse anesthetists, while the councils are tasked with protecting the safety of the public.
Why are you running for AANA office?
Jay Horowitz - Simply put I believe I can do good, effective work as both an advocate for the members within the boardroom and as a leader of the association in the public domain.
I have spent the last 25 years as a passionate advocate for the members outside traditional leadership roles via grassroots efforts, trips to Park Ridge, attendance at board meetings, and as an author of pro CRNA pieces that have reached hundreds of thousands of readers; even within the walls of the White House.
I have been encouraged by many past and present leaders of AANA to “step up my game” in a more formalized fashion. I respect their opinions and honor their service by running for office at this time.
Describe the relationships AANA and NBCRNA and the COA should share.
Juan Quintana - The relationship of the AANA/NBCRNA/COA has evolved over the years. Initially existing under an umbrella they are now and have been for several years considered independent of each other. However the description independent, perhaps financially independent, cannot ignore the intricate interdependent relationship of the 3 entities.
Every AANA President enters office with a focus or particular area of interest which they hope to advance. What will be your focus?
Steve Alves - I have been listening to the members and understand clearly that many do not value their membership to the AANA. I want to change this and I believe this will be the most important exercise that I will be actively engaged in over the next few years. One of the most essential and game-changing actions we can take is to improve our communication with the members. I believe President Malina, with our newer updated web site platform has begun to make some progress. Although very few have taken advantage of the blog site on the aana.com website, I predict this will change over time.
Would you share your thoughts on the final NBCRNA CPC Proposal ?
Leslie Jeter - In my opinion, the National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists reached an acceptable compromise on February 22, 2012 when it notified all CRNAs of the final Continuous Professional Certification (CPC) program requirements. Specifically: