April 2021 Newsletter
A Message from MANA President, Elaine Sullivan
Dear MANA Members,

Welcome to the second quarterly newsletter of 2021. A lot has happened since January and we look forward to catching you up on all things impacting CRNAs in Massachusetts.

Sections of Note:

  • CRNAs recognized for their work.

  • The PAC is coming back! Get ready to take the challenge.

  • The Wellness Corner - Please read this important message.

  • AANA Celebrates Diversity.

As mass COVID vaccine distribution continues, we hope that you and your families are feeling more safe and secure about your important role in health care. We aim to be a support system and enjoy hearing from you. Please drop us a note any time with your feedback, CRNA news, photos (we love pictures), questions or concerns.

Your input helps us serve you best. Stay well and enjoy the warmer weather.

Get Ready to Support the PAC
$21k for '21 is Coming
Our government relations work and advocacy are kicking into high gear for the current legislative session. We need your help to make sure the voices of Massachusetts CRNAs are heard.

Upon learning that AA legislation had been filed for this session many of you donated generously to the MANA PAC. THANK YOU!

Building off this momentum, we are excited to launch The $21k for 2021 Drive! This is an invigorated fundraising effort to celebrate and protect the role of CRNAs in Massachusetts.

Stay tuned for more MANA communications very soon to learn how you can be part of the $21k for 2021 PAC Drive.
AANA Launches Diversity Campaign
CRNAs In The News
South Shore Hospital's John Whitehouse featured in Patriot Ledger
CRNA Spotlight: Kimberly Bowens
Hometown: Ashland, MA

Facility: Ambulatory Surgery Center at MGH Waltham

On Being a CRNA:
I shadowed a CRNA when I was fourteen years old. I was so awestruck by the concept of bringing a person from pre-op, through a surgical procedure, to waking up in the recovery room. To this day I still take a delight in accomplishing that very task.
Kim's COVID Experience:
When our surgery center was shutdown, I volunteered to work at the COVID testing center at our main campus. After several weeks of working in the testing center, I was deployed to work at Boston Hope (a temporary COVID field hospital). My role was working as a responding clinician caring for inpatients, conducting admissions and discharging patients. I embraced the opportunity to utilize skills that I often do not use as a CRNA. I worked with a combination of primary care providers which included pediatricians, school nurses and military personnel. They appreciated having anesthesia providers on campus to be available for patients who needed blood drawn or to manage a code when needed. I did have trepidation about working with COVID patients. I put my faith in my protective equipment and hand washing, with the belief that I was not meant to contract and succumb to COVID.

Kim is #CRNAProud when:
  • the most anxious patients wake up “sparkly” and grateful the procedure is over.
  • I see the wheels working behind the eyes of a young student nurse anesthetist. It is rewarding to work with a student and witness the transformation from a critical care nurse to a nurse anesthetist.

Fun fact about Kim:
  • I was interviewed on Good Morning America about being bi-racial.
  • I sailed on a traditional American sailboat at the America’s Cup in New Zealand.

MANA is proud to call Kim a colleague.
Enjoy the CRNA Spotlight, Kim!

Do you know a CRNA who should be in the "Spotlight"?
Please let us know at president@masscrna.com
Lindsey Burke interviewed by AANA
Wellness Corner
Dear Colleagues,

I was recently in endoscopy and the patient had a low sat. The sights and sounds of that moment IMMEDIATELY brought back to the COVID ICU. I found myself with a high heart rate due to some mild desaturations. Once my patient's saturation normalized, I took a moment to practice some deep breathing for my own health. It was a stark reminder that PTSD is real and can be more debilitating than my experience. Please reference the following materials or reach out to me if you are experiencing PTSD or any trauma.

-Kelly Gallant, Chair, MANA Wellness Committee, kellyanngallant@gmail.com
Click on the topics to be linked to helpful information

Upcoming Events
  • May 17, 2021: 7 pm CT - Support The Front: SRNA Shared Experience, a peer-to-peer online support session related to the SRNA experience ALL CRNAs and SRNAs are welcome. Register and here: Protect the Front - The SRNA Experience
In Memoriam

Russell D. Milnes
"I had good fortune to be able work with Mr. Milnes at the MA Eye and Ear Infirmary. Mr Milnes was a kind, caring and thoughtful anesthesia professional whose calm, composed demeanor inspired confidence in those whom entrusted themselves to his care. He was a credit to his profession and served as a role model to his chosen profession." 
- Linda Kotvitch