Time for the Lowering of Dues at the AANA? - page 3

by Concerned CRNA 15,956 Views | 23 Comments

I am posting this letter in hope of bringing positive change to the profession. I am not an insider to the inner workings of the AANA, but nonetheless, there are clearly inefficiencies noticeable to the outsider. Realize, this... Read More


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    Does anyone know the pros and cons of only paying membership dues on your recertification year? I realize the AANA does a lot for our profession in general but I'm not sure I see the specific benefits for the military.
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    The dues we pay is a small amount of money for the numereous benefits that the AANA has obtained for the profession-I pay my own, not my employer. We would not be CRNAs because we would have been eliminated without the representation of the AANA. If we look to our history and the big picture, it is clear that CRNAs sticking together through the AANA has had huge benefits.
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    Quote from dseig3513
    Does anyone know the pros and cons of only paying membership dues on your recertification year? I realize the AANA does a lot for our profession in general but I'm not sure I see the specific benefits for the military.
    The AANA is principally responsible for our independent practice model in the military and our bonus rates in the military (up to 45K a year). The ASA PAC gets approximately 3x as much as the AANA PAC, and yet we have been able to get 1/3 of the states to become opt-out states not mention numerous pain bills and AA bills that have been defeated by the AANA. It is a bargain when you consider the benefits to costs. The ASA would have CRNAs making almost nothing if they had their way while MDA salaries would increase by paying us even less.
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    Quote from dseig3513
    Does anyone know the pros and cons of only paying membership dues on your recertification year? I realize the AANA does a lot for our profession in general but I'm not sure I see the specific benefits for the military.
    PRO: Apparently eases your conscience or something since recertification is not dependent on membership. Giving something to the organization that "does a lot for our profession in general". Paying 50% of your already relatively low cost dues.

    CON: Living with yourself being cheap. Ignoring efforts by the AANA on behalf of military CRNAs, of which there are many. Pretending your profession in general and practice in the military are somehow separate.
    Last edit by traumaRUs on May 11, '12


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