From the President...
The Ohio Nurse Anesthesia Student Board (ONAS) has been hard at work over the past year. The new ONAS board is comprised of an energetic group of young professionals seeking to increase opportunities and communication among nurse anesthesia students in the state of Ohio. The current ONAS board consists of the following students:
President – Brandon Maiden (Otterbein University and Ohio Health Grant Medical Center)
Secretary- Haley Franck (Case Western Reserve University)
Treasurer- Chad Crouch (Cleveland Clinic)
Board of Directors – Anna Santisi (St. Elizabeth and Youngstown State University),
Traci Meadows (University of Cincinnati), David Wilcox (Lourdes University), and
Eric Bobek (Akron University)
Our main goal in 2018 is to create value for nurse anesthesia students across Ohio at the OSANA Spring and Fall conferences. At the Spring meeting in 2017, many students attended the student specific breakout sessions which featured an Apex course review and a presentation on Difficult Preceptors. Both received an immense amount of positive feedback.
To keep the momentum moving forward, the ONAS board is very excited to announce the first annual college bowl presented by Kevin and Danny from Apex Anesthesia. Nurse Anesthesia (NA) students from across Ohio will compete in a single elimination quiz bowl. The winning team will receive $400.00 and have their school name and year engraved on a rotating trophy. The trophy will be housed by the winning program until the next competition. If you are interested in participating, contact your program administrator for details. In addition to the competition, we are offering additional student breakout sessions at the Spring conference in 2018. We will announce the list of presentations as they become available.
Although the focus of a nurse anesthesia student is didactic, clinical and board preparation, it is also important to remember the ongoing legislative battle that is occurring at the State House with HB 191. This legislation can greatly influence our future practice. As a student, it can seem intimidating and cumbersome to volunteer additional time outside of school. Students who want to get involved may not know who to contact or how they can help. I encourage you to reach out to your ONAS director from your school for details on participation. Ohio’s nurse anesthesia student body can make an enormous difference if we can get numerous students to micro-volunteer (completing one or two small tasks).
In conclusion, we are looking to you, the Ohio nurse anesthesia students, to give us ideas on what you would like to see at future conferences. We are looking for ideas that create value and find ways the board can help integrate processes that help students who may be struggling (personally or professionally). Please feel free to reach out to any of the ONAS board members. We would love to hear from each one of you. As nurse anesthesia students, we have all made sacrifices to pursue this journey, we are one and together we will finish. Remember, “What doesn’t challenge you won’t change you.” –Scott Daly
Brandon Maiden, Otterbein University