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October Message from S.C.AN.A. President

Thursday, October 31, 2019  
Posted by: Dr. Jill Mason-Nguyen
October 31, 2019
HAPPY HALLOWEEN SCCRNA’s – Your future does not have to be scary!

Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 S.C.A.N.A. Board of Trustees have only been in operations for six weeks, but our lobbyists sure feel like this has been a lot longer than just a mere six weeks:

At the beginning of October, Dr. Angie & Dr. Steve Mund, incoming MUSC SRNA Class President Sean Cooney, and two Board members: Dr. Marcia Iszard & Dr. Jill Mason-Nguyen met in Charleston to go to U.S. Senator Tim Scott’s back home barbecue. It is the first event he has had in three years and we were happy to be there and talk with him.

We discussed the new President’s Executive Order and what that means for CRNA’s and then we took photos of all of us together.

I actually brought an old photo, that he and I took four years ago (2015) at the AANA Mid- Year Assembly in April, when a thousand CRNAs descend upon Washington D.C. for scheduled appointments with their legislators to advocate for our profession. Every Wednesday, Senator Scott allows SC constituents to come wait in line at his office and take a picture with him. He sends you an 8 X 10 copy of it, and signs it. Mine said “Best Wishes Dr. Mason-Nguyen”. I pulled that photo off our family corkboard and brought it to Charleston and showed it to him and said “NOW, WHO ARE THESE TWO CRAZY KIDS?” Here is his reaction. Thank you to a bystander who took this for us. 

I gave his assistant a packet that the AANA has us leave with our legislators with pertinent information and I put that old picture in there. Maybe I will get it back, maybe they trashed it. I can get another one at Mid-Year AND YOU CAN TOO, if you join us. Mark the dates -Sat April 18-Wed Apr 22, 2020. Wash D.C., @ The Renaissance Downtown Hotel. Come just for a few days and stand on the Capitol with a thousand other CRNA’s!

A little over a week ago, Lisa Kirr, our Executive Director, sent out emails to all of SCANA members to donate to Governor McMaster on behalf of S.C.A.N.A. We are very much a non-partisan, non-profit, professional state organization and the organization donates equally across the aisle to both Republicans and Democrats. Henry McMaster is our Governor right now while our current legislation is alive in the SC Statehouse [H4278 & S563] and it is imperative to work with him.

This is the part you might hate me for saying… but it has to be said. I was a little bit disappointed by the few donations from our members. Thank you to first initial "D" who lives in Charleston, who donated and the nice note of support you typed in the message (I do get them), AND also to the four Board members who donated outside of their regular donation. It might be a side of politics that some of you do not like to acknowledge, but there are two sayings that come to mind in advocacy and lobbying: “If you aren’t at the table, then you are on the menu”; and “If you want to play, then you have to pay”.

This is how our system works. We did not create it. Our opposition plays this game very well. Nationally, the ASA has $3,562,805 in their PAC versus the AANA with $958,074. The South Carolina Society of Anesthesiologists (SCSA) has $300,000 and S.C.A.N.A. has five times less than that. WE NEED YOU. Go to and look for our association name or our opposition and you can see who all donates to the cause. It is public record. If you want to donate without being on public record – you CAN!

We have 100% of every Board member donating to the PAC, paying their dues to be a member of the AANA and S.C.A.N.A. and volunteering to advocate and govern our association. We need 100% of you to do the same.

Think of it like this: If each SC CRNA gave $100.00/ year  X  the 1,300 members = we would have $130,000 for us to get to the conversations that matter! Giving $100/yr equals $8.33 a month and we are worth more than 8 dollars a month. Today and tomorrow- Oct 31- Nov 1, is the first statewide “SCANA Donation Days” event  to help get our legislation across the finish line. This money gets us to the table and NOT ON THE MENU!

Guess who got to meet with the Governor? S.C.A.N.A.!

Before our pictures and private talk with him, the Governor got up and spoke and reminded us all that when other legislators or visitors come to South Carolina, they always say, how the people in our state, are like one big family. I could not agree more. 

This past Monday, October 28, the Town Hall in Greenville brought passionate CRNAs from Bon Secours, Mary Black, Spartanburg, GHS, Greenwood, private office based CRNAs and a student! We had CRNAs share what their experiences were with calling their legislators just recently in Greenwood when activated by SCANA leadership to make the call!

I met and shook hands or hugged every CRNA at that meeting. We are a family here in our state and that is something to be proud of! We have not always been united as a whole, but you can feel that we are coming together this year and strategically moving as one unit.

As the holidays get closer, I am reminded of the 61,000 CRNAs across the country—AANA members and nonmembers alike—and the 1,300 of us here in South Carolina and how we truly are ALL connected… just like one big family.

I personally cannot wait to meet our Columbia CRNAs next Monday night at Blue Marlin. Don’t forget to register. There is a sign in sheet for Class B credit and one for Talia with Edwards Life Sciences, our sponsor. Please take our board members business cards and put my cell and email in your contact list. Do not hesitate to contact us.

STAY TUNED there will be more Town Halls across the state. After Columbia, it is time to go to Aiken Nov 14, 2019 at Casa Bella. BRING YOUR QUESTIONS and we will help DISPEL THE MYTHS ABOUT OUR LEGISLATION

Please check/update your email & cell phone with the AANA to make sure S.C.A.N.A. receives accurate contact information for every one of our 1,300+ members. It is critical to maintain two-way communication with you and the organization during this next year. We are looking at how other state nurse anesthetist associations communicate with their state members. Email is by far the most common, but often an email can go to a member’s spam inadvertently. Many states utilize a cell phone “text tree” to be able to immediately let their members know about critical information.
To join the S.C.A.N.A. text alerts group
text "SCCRNA" to 833-634-0273.

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10,000 Nurses on Boards by 2020
 Learn more HERE
We want and need more CRNAs on Boards across South Carolina. Are you a leader? Do you want to do more? Of course you do—you are a CRNA!

There are three vacancies on the South Carolina Board of Nursing

Congressional District 2, 6 & 7 = all need to be an RN licensed in SC, from any nursing or APRN background, endorsed by the Governor. Send us your resume if you are interested in serving and we will help you with the Governor. We can nominate specific people as an Association and send a written request to the Governor’s Office for consideration and appointment to the SCBON. The term is for four years or until a successor is appointed. Here is the map of the Congressional Districts to see where you live: District 2, 6 and 7 open positions.

Nursing License Renewal is due in 2020! First eblast is coming out this month from LLR. Second in November. 

Thank you for your membership and your time,
Dr. Jill Mason-Nguyen,
President of South Carolina Association of Nurse Anesthetists (S.C.A.N.A.)
S.C.A.N.A. Calendar of Events

Nov 7-10, 2019: AANA Leadership Summit
Naples, Florida

Jan 9-12, 2020: AANA Region 2 Meeting
Charleston, SC with Spokesperson Media Training

Jan 20-24,2020: CRNA Week
Look for an event in your area 

Feb 5, 2020: SC CRNA Day at the Capitol/Legislative Lobbying Day
(wear scrubs and white lab coats)

Feb 19-22, 2020:Assembly of Didactic and Clinical Educators

Feb - May: SC Congress is in session
Hoping for subcommittee hearings where we can testify or have others testify on our behalf.

April 18-22, 2020:Mid Year Assembly
Washington D.C.

Aug 14-18, 2020: AANA Annual Congress
San Diego, CA

Sept 25-27,2020: Joint State Meeting with North Carolina and South Carolina
Renaissance Hotel, Asheville, NC