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MEANA 2016 Fall Meeting
Celebrating 60 years of caring for all of Maine

The Maine Association of Nurse Anesthetists (MEANA) invites you to join us as we celebrate our 60th anniversary! Our MEANA Fall Meeting and anniversary celebration will take place at the Cliff House in Cape Neddick, Maine on October 7-9, 2016.

This special event will include continuing education credits, networking, and industry updates. Plus, we will celebrate 60 years of “caring for all of Maine.” READ

Bruce Rioux Honored by Maine
Hospital Association


Bruce Rioux, long-time member of the Maine Association of Nurse Anesthetists is the 2016 recipient of the Maine Hospital Association (MHA) Allied Professional Societies Recognition Award. This annual award recognizes healthcare professionals who have made significant contributions to their hospitals and professional organizations. READ
Pictured (from left): Mick Czado, June St. Pierre, Bruce Rioux, Julie Rioux, and Tom Nolan.
Take Me Out to the Ballgame
Musings of a SRNA

By Kasey Jones, SRNA

Throughout Maine there are several surefire signs of spring’s arrival: daffodils sprouting, tourists arriving, and the sound of fans cheering at the local ballpark. Baseball is often criticized for being slow and anticlimactic. This is arguably a descriptor of a career in anesthesia: 99% boredom and 1% excitement and fear. As I near the end of my clinical training, I’ve come to realize that this isn’t the only similarity between providing anesthesia and spending a day at the ball park.

Seasoned baseball fans and anesthetists alike prepare by researching the forecast, preparing for the worst, and bringing a comfortable seat - there’s a chance you might be seated for a while. Just as each baseball game begins with a pregame ceremony, so does each case in the operating room. Standing up and participating in this event is customary. Both teams produce lineups to maximize the end result. During the game, something routine might profoundly impact the rest of the game. Like when a “straightforward” colon resection turns into a large vascular case for acute mesenteric arterial occlusion. Some might liken that to sitting in fowl-ball territory with a drunken heckler besides them. There are also times when you are stuck watching a pitcher’s duel. Inning after inning goes by without much activity. A day spent providing MAC for colonoscopies might resonate for others.

Whatever the scenario, a deeper understanding means you can begin to predict the plays. In baseball and anesthesia there is always the potential for drama and excitement, and you never know exactly when that might occur. It is the anticipation of things to occur that makes anesthesia enjoyable. Some would argue that gratification comes from the provision of an event-free anesthetic. In either case I’d call it a home run.

MEANA Members Talk Issues with State's Congressional Leaders

In April, nearly 1,200 CRNAs and SRNAs from across the nation met in Washington, D.C. for the 2016 AANA Mid-Year Assembly. This year's meeting gave CRNAs and SRNAs an opportunity to voice concerns about the Veterans Health Administration Bill and other legislative issues that effect CRNAs. CRNAs and SRNAs from Maine met with Senator Susan Collins and Senator Angus King to discuss CRNA issues and to lobby for safe, effective, cost efficient care for our patients. MEANA also met with staff representatives from Rep. Poloquin and Rep. Pingree’s offices.

If you are interested in attending the Mid-Year Assembly in 2017, please contact a MEANA representative for more information on how your voice can make a difference!

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Answers to our Trivia Questions
  1. The diaphragm is innervated by the phrenic nerve. The phrenic nerve innervates from C3, C4, and C5. The phrenic nerve arises from the 4th cervical nerve.
  2. Multiply PCO2 by 0.067 and the result is ml(s) of CO2 dissolved in each 100ml of solution.
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MEANA
CALENDAR OF EVENTS

July 23
9am-4pm

UNE Research Day
UNE Portland Campus

September 9-13
AANA Nurse Anesthesia Annual Congress
Washington, D.C.
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September 30-October 2
NEANA 2016 Fall Workshop
Foxwoods Resort
Mashantucket, CT

READ MORE

October 7-9
MEANA 2016 Fall Meeting
Cliff House
Cape Neddick, ME

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Support the VHA Bill! Time is running out!

The U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs has proposed a rule to extend Full Practice Authority to CRNAs and APRNs serving in the VHA. MEANA encourages you to contact your congressional representative to urge them to support providing veterans access to quality healthcare from all advanced practice registered nurses. READ
1. The diaphragm is innervated by what nerve arising from what segments of the spinal cord?

2. How do you calculate the amount of CO2 dissolved in solution?

Answers are at the bottom of this newsletter.
MEANA MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

Our member spotlight for this issue of our newsletter is on Paul Schneider, CRNA, APRN MAE Partner Nurse Anesthesia of Maine. READ
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NEANA 2016 Fall Workshop


The New England Assembly of Nurse Anesthetists (NEANA) will hold its 2016 Fall Workshop on Sept. 30-Oct 2 at Foxwoods Resort in Mashantucket, CT. The event, hosted by the Connecticut Association of Nurse Anesthetists (CANA), will feature a full slate of CE classes, networking events and an opportunity to get important updates on regional and national issues. REGISTER
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