I hope you all have been enjoying one of the nicest summers RI has seen in several years. It's a great time to do some CPC modules and CEUs at the beach or by the pool. Some of you might be wondering why I haven't sent one of my annoying briefs in a little while, but truth be told, there thankfully hasn't been that much going on for RIANA in the last few months.
RIANA's Bylaws Committee, chaired by Dr. Sharon Gallipeau and assisted by Dianna Medeiros, Lynn Curran, and Marissa Abreu, has been diligently working on revisions to our bylaws that reflect current practices of RIANA. These revisions are long overdue and I feel that the Bylaws Committee has done an outstanding job with a mundane and tedious investigation into a document that very few seldom peruse. Please take a minute to review these changes that are both attached and posted on our website as we will be voting on them at our annual business meeting.
Once again, RIANA has secured Sylvio's Restaurant for our annual business meeting which will occur on Thursday, October 11th at 6 pm. The central location off route 295, private room, PA system, and delicious food at a fair price make it an ideal place to hold a meeting. This year we will have a vote on several bylaws resolutions as well as elections for next year's Board of Directors. I can't encourage you enough to please come and vote me out of office so I can get back to enjoying my free time. If anyone has any interest in running for an office, please email our Nominations Committee Chairwoman, Jessica Mancini (firstname.lastname@example.org) as we would be delighted to have some new faces on the board.
Some of you might have noticed that there is no NEANA Fall Meeting this year. Originally, it was RIANA's turn to host the Fall Meeting but we petitioned the NEANA BoD to suspend the meeting in lieu of the AANA's Annual Congress being held in Boston. Instead, RIANA will be hosting the NEANA Fall Meeting next October 4th-6th, 2019 at The Providence Marriott. We will have our Annual Business Meeting on Friday, October 4th as well as a PAC fundraiser on the evening of October 5th in the Cafe Nuovo foyer overlooking the Gloria Gemma Waterfire event. We will certainly need some help obtaining speakers and vendors for this event, so kindly keep a lookout for our Education Committee.
Brian Girard, MS, CRNA, APRN
This year's annual business meeting will be held at Silvio's Restaurant on Thursday October 12th at 6pm. In addition to the business meeting there will also be a speaker from the AANA to discuss the new CPC (after the business meeting) now that every CRNA is in a CPC cycle.
Silvio's is located at 133 Greenville Ave, Johnston, RI 02919. We look forward to seeing you there!!
Sign up here: www.ricrna.com/business-meeting-2017.html
With the 2016 business meeting now behind us, many have hailed it as a huge success. Several new faces were present as were many of our "regulars". A huge thank you to all the students that came out and showed support for the organization! Without your participation we could never foster new leadership.
Speaking of...new leadership have officially taken office and they are fast at work transitioning all the old information over to the new hands. We have many exciting things in store for RIANA in 2017 starting with our Annual Political meet and greet on January 11th from 5-8PM at the Marriott on Orms St in Providence. Please mark you calendars as Laura Turini has planned an outstanding event!! Our local officials love to spend time with their CRNA constituents, so come on out of January hibernation and have a few libations with your congressmen before they get too bogged down in session.
In my humble opinion, the biggest triumph of this years business meeting was the amount of folks that signed up to volunteer on our committees! We are in the process of piecing together a great new public relations committee and will be reaching out to those of you that signed up very soon. Anesthesia is stressful, so why don't we occasionally have some fun events with our colleagues in the name of a great cause?? We need ideas, and I am certain you all are chock full of brilliant ones!!
Brian Girard APRN, CRNA, MS
Here is our full page ad in the Top Docs Issue of Rhode Island Monthly!! RIANA PR committee continues to educate the public about the amazing contribution RI CRNAs make to healthcare in the state and beyond!
RIANA wishes you and your loved ones safety and comfort on this Wintery Day! To All our wonderful and dutiful CRNAs who are camping out at work: Thank You for caring for our patients, through rain, sleet or record setting Snowfall!
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It's been nearly a year since Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee signed the much debated* bill (S.B. 614/H.B. 5656) into law on Monday, June 17, making Rhode Island the 40th state in the Union to have no supervision requirement for CRNAs in its nurse practice acts or board of nursing rules and regulations.
The law removed the phrases “under the supervision of” and replaced them with “in collaboration with,” to define CRNA practice with anesthesiologists, licensed physicians, and licensed dentists in the state’s Nurse Practice Act.
Today CRNAs across the Ocean State can now view the long awaited implementation of the 2013 law in the recently revised RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR THE LICENSING OF NURSES and STANDARDS FOR THE APPROVAL OF BASIC NURSING EDUCATION PROGRAMS which was submitted as a "PUBLIC HEARING DRAFT –REVISED" on June 6th, 2014". Visit the Department of Health Website Here and look to the right sidebar under "draft nursing rules".
Congratulations Rhode Island CRNAs on an accomplishment well deserved and well won!
* listen to original testimony by clicking here . (The audio file is on page 3, last file in the second row: date 4/10/2013. Pertinent testimony min 54:29-113)
RIANA members led the nation in voter turnout during this year's national AANA election!
Over 44% of RI Nurse Anesthestists made their voices heard during our 2014 national elections. With many practice issues at stake on the national level, this year's election was an important and impressive race!
So take a moment to give yourself a round of applause RI CRNAs, and also congratulate our own Cheryl Nimmo on her election to the AANA Vice Presidency! Rhode Island - our small state is making big waves!
Check out RIANA's Current Legislation page for info on Bills and Pending legislation that could effect your practice in RI!
Our very own Cheryl L. Nimmo CRNA, MSHSA, DNP, Assistant Program Director at UNE has been elected Vice President of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists!
We are so proud of Cheryl and her accomplishments. We know she will continue to serve us well in her new role and thank her for all her hard work! Well done Professor Nimmo!