September 2021 President’s Report
Dear IANA Members,
It’s almost fall, and we are yet again faced with a future of uncertainty related to the Covid 19 pandemic. I know you all will continue your work as leaders in your communities as we forge ahead. Thank you all for your important work as CRNAs!
The Iowa Association of Nurse Anesthetists continues to be in excellent shape and financially sound. With no recent legislative battles, this has allowed us to not only meet our annual budget but to contribute to our investment accounts. In addition, Iowa continues to have one of the best practice environments in the country for CRNAs. This did not happen by chance, and we will need to continue to be vigilant to protect our practice. Other issues that we continue to monitor in Iowa and beyond include opposition to AAs in Iowa, the nurse anesthesiologist/anesthesiology discussion, the proposed APRN compact and potential name change in Iowa to APRN, CPC changes, and many other issues. Nationally, CRNAs have won some major legislative battles this year. Locally, a significant amount of work has been done by our lobbying team and many IANA members by attending fundraisers and events this year, thereby strengthening our grass roots efforts. We will discuss some of these topics and other items in more depth at the next IANA Business Meeting during our IANA Fall Educational Meeting Oct 1-3, 2021. Of note, this fall also marks the 20th anniversary of the opt-out signing by former Governor Tom Vilsack. A celebratory PAC event will be held during the fall meeting so watch your email and social media for more details.
We have now conducted two very successful, completely virtual meetings in the fall of 2020 and spring of 2021. While most of us would prefer to meet in person, the virtual option was actually a great addition to our association and will most likely continue for years to come. For those on call or not able to travel, the virtual option allows you to connect with your peers and receive CEUs all while supporting your state association. Thank you to all who have took a chance and participated in the virtual platform! The Fall Educational Meeting Oct 1-3 will be a hybrid meeting as I’m sure you are aware of and registration is now open. At this point we are planning an in-person meeting in Iowa City along with the virtual option to meet everyone’s needs. We will reevaluate the format of the meeting as needed related to the status of the Covid 19 in Iowa, but the meeting will go on! Many thanks to our Association Manager, Brooke Kruckenberg, and the Education Committee for their excellent work in putting this meeting together. This fall IANA will again have a contested election for the Board of Directors. You will be receiving an email with your ability to vote for your IANA board members, and I would encourage you to participate. Voting will end approximately one week before the meeting where your new Board of Directors will be introduced. Watch your email for more details on the election.
This is an exciting and challenging time to be a CRNA in Iowa and around the country. Thank you again for being an IANA member, for your generous contributions to our PAC, and for attending our meetings regardless of format. I am honored to lead such a talented and ambitious group of healthcare professionals who are so passionate about CRNA practice in Iowa. The board is here to represent you, the members, and support your needs. I hope to see you either in-person or virtually in October. Stay safe!
Susan Pair, MSN, CRNA, ARNP
President, Iowa Association of Nurse Anesthetists