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Nurse anesthetist students learn the political ropes on Capitol Hill

06.09.2015 | By: Texas Wesleyan University
Pictured left to right: Eric Lara, Marie Adame, Emily Dougher, Dr. Gabaldon, Sally Koop, Natalie Bradshaw.

Pictured left to right: Eric Lara, Marie Adame, Emily Dougher, Dr. Gabaldon, Sally Koop, Natalie Bradshaw

At the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Mid-Year Assembly in April, student-registered nurse anesthetists from around the country learned about the legislative issues affecting their future profession, and how to advocate on Capitol Hill.

Nurse anesthesia educational programs, like the one at Texas Wesleyan, nominate students who actively and consistently demonstrate leadership to attend. Seven students from the Texas Wesleyan's master of nurse anesthesia program were nominated and attended the assembly: Marie Adame, Natalie Bradshaw, Amy Boardman, Emily Doughter, Sally Koop, Tyler Kunkle, Eric Lara and Courtney Noles.

Assistant Professor Dion Gabaldon, CRNA, DHA, joined the student mentoring team, which organized the trip, and helped teach interactive workshops and learning sessions. In these classes students gained an understanding of governmental and regulatory processes, and learned how to prepare when meeting with senators and representatives, and their staffs.

In the past, students have helped the nurse anesthesia profession secure important policies and promote nurse anesthesia practice. The Mid-Year Assembly is open to all certified registered nurse anesthetists and student-registered nurse anesthetists interested in professional advocacy, and making change related to nurse anesthesia practice.

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