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Sabrina Nelson Winters Op Ed - BHM 2024

Black History Month: Reflecting and honoring mentors and empowering future leaders
For me, Black History Month is not just February, it is every day. Every day, someone of color is making a difference in this world for others. These stories should be shared so we all know WEDO contribute to the betterment of this world.When I was in school for nurse anesthesia, I learned about Goldie Brangman and her historical career.Born in 1917, (she lived to be 102), Goldie Brangman was a co-founder of the school of
anesthesia at Harlem Hospital in New York City and became the director of the hospital’s
school of nursing.
While working at the hospital, she was part of the team that treated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.after an attempted assassination in 1958. She later became the first African American president of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA).
As a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), Brangman made significant advancements in the field of anesthesia and patient care. Her work impacted the education and training of future CRNAs.
When I had the pleasure of learning her story, I believed that I could also make a "giant"footprint for our profession. The footprint includes not only me but also others who will pave the way for future CRNAs.
Her story confirms that I must continue to make a great impact on this career from a clinical perspective but, more importantly, the advancement of this profession through education.I believe that every healthcare worker is writing a story that others will follow. That is our role in continuing education.
For our children, teens, and young adults to understand the wealth of education, they must be introduced to the idea of becoming a CRNA. You cannot dream what you do not know. It's about exposure to career choices, mentoring, role models, career days, and visualizing yourself to make a difference for your community and yourself. Being African American and having a career in the healthcare field is critical to manifesting change.
We have and still do face the barriers that include lack of insurance and limited availability of healthcare facilities in the communities. African Americans play a crucial role in addressing these disparities by providing culturally competent care, advocating for healthcare policies that promote healthcare for all and offering programs to the underserved communities.
We often experience disparities in health outcomes compared to other racial and ethnic groups.We as professionals can address these disparities by providing preventative care, early intervention and treatment attuned to the needs of African American patients.We also play a big part in raising awareness about health issues that disproportionately affectAfrican Americans, such as diabetes, heart disease, and certain types of cancers.
And being in the healthcare workforce helps to ensure that African American patients feel understood, respected, and adequately cared for. We can advocate for policies and initiatives that address the social determinants of health impacting African Americans, such as poverty, systemic racism, and housing instability.As each of us write our own story that can inspire others, it is important to share our story proudly and widely.
I have been invited to Great American Teach-ins, webinars, panels, presentations, and to write op-eds (like this one) to share the love of this profession and the pathway to becoming aCRNA.Because of my affiliation with the diverse state association, it offers a sounding board for those who wish to consider this profession as a choice when choosing their path in life.This diverse state association offers a strong collective outlook, a sense of trust, psychological safety, and increased awareness. Everyone has a voice, and we listen.Whether we are on the front lines of history like Goldie Brangman, or on the front lines in our workplace and community, we can make a profound influence that benefits the entire community. And not just on 28 days a year, but each and every day.
Sabrina Nelson-Winters, DNP, CRNA, APRN, is based in Tampa and has practiced in the field of nurse anesthesiology for more than 16 years. She holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree as well as Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in nursing. She is a member of the 2023-2025 Board of Directors of the Florida Association of Nurse Anesthesiology.

Michelle Canale: Make a difference for patients — consider the rewarding career path of a CRNA

What a privilege it is to take someone’s pain away and ensure that they are safe in one of the most vulnerable situations of their life.

During these waning days of Summer, as students head back to school or college, many of them are thinking about their future path in life, and how they can find a rewarding career where they can make a difference in the world.

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The MolinaCares Accord Hosts Panel on Health Care Workforce Shortage in Florida

The MolinaCares Accord Hosts Panel on Health Care Workforce Shortage in Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla – May 23, 2023 – The MolinaCares Accord, (“MolinaCares”), in collaboration with Molina Healthcare of Florida (“Molina”), hosted a virtual panel on May 16 focused on innovative approaches to ensuring the health and well-being of Floridians as Florida’s health care systems face a workforce deficit.

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Opinion: Black History Month reminds us to celebrate mentors, inspire next generation


Sabrina Nelson-Winters says mentoring can increase the number of Blacks/African Americans in health care.

When I was a young girl dreaming about my future, I was blessed to have inspiring role models all around me. My paternal grandmother, the late Mrs. Mary Alice Smith, was a nurse, and it brought her great joy to hear that I planned to pursue a career in nursing. My maternal grandmother, the late Mrs. Luvenia Henry, had the sweet nature of caring and helping others that I would learn is the heart of the nursing profession.

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More than 5,400 Nurse Anesthesiology Professionals Provide Critical Patient Care Throughout Florida

More than 5,400 Nurse Anesthesiology Professionals Provide 

Critical Patient Care Throughout Florida

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Florida Association of Nurse Anesthesiology Announces New President and Board of Directors for 2022-2023

Clearwater, Florida -- The Florida Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (FANA) has announced its 2022-2023 president and leadership team along with newly elected board members. The new members were sworn in at FANA’s Annual Meeting which was held in Clearwater, Florida.  FANA is Florida’s 86-year-old professional association representing the State’s more than 5,400 nurse anesthesiology professionals.

Michelle Canale, DNP, CRNA, APRN, FAANA who is also the director of the University of South Florida’s Nurse Anesthesiology Program will serve as president of the association.  Dr. Canale has served as a FANA board member for 4 years and has tirelessly advocated to modernize Florida laws regarding independent practice on behalf of FANA’s highly sought after Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists.

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Seven Florida CRNAs Join the 2022 Class of Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology


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National CRNA Week January 23-29, 2022

It’s National CRNA Week and we’re ready to celebrate!

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In Celebration of National CRNA Week, Governor DeSantis issues Proclamation

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FANA’s hometown Mayor issues Proclamation for National CRNA Week!

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FANA News Release: More than 900+ Nurses Volunteer to Vaccinate Seniors to Fight


Friday, January 15, 2021

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Potential Spam Alert

Dear Interested Parties,

The Department of Health (Department), Division of Medical Quality Assurance is warning Florida health care practitioners about fraudulent calls that have been received by multiple licensees.

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News Release: Florida Association of Nurse Anesthetists Announces Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

For Immediate Release                                                        
Monday, October 19, 2020
Contact: Alia Faraj-Johnson
Phone: 850.212.8317

Florida Association of Nurse Anesthetists Announces Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee
Jacksonville, FL—The Florida Association of Nurse Anesthetists (FANA) recently launched the creation of the FANA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee as a permanent committee to advise FANA on incorporating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in every aspect of the organization’s structure and functions. 

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AANA Recognizes Two Florida CRNAs

Contact:Alia Faraj-Johnson 850.212.8317


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Write For Our Independence

My fellow CRNAs,

As you may recall, last year during the 2019 Legislative Session, we had a disappointing end to our APRN Modernization Bill. However, after a spring of reflection, a summer of rejuvenation, and a fall of game planning, FANA entered the 2020 Florida Legislative Session with optimism and a renewed sense of energy and excitement!
Thanks to astute strategic decisions, amazing membership engagement, essential PAC investments, our partners' expertise and counsel, and immeasurable volunteer work, Florida APRNs—including more than 5,400 CRNAs—are on the cusp of the passage of a groundbreaking APRN Independent Practice bill.

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Modernizing our view of a nurse’s role

Please read this recent opinion in the Naples Daily News about modernizing the view of our role as nurses.


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Legislative Update For June 15, 2019

Non-Opioid Alternatives - HB 451 (Plakon) - PASSED

HB 451 requires the Department of Health to create and publish on its website an educational pamphlet regarding the use of non-opioid alternatives to treat pain.  Health care providers, except in the provision of emergency care, must inform patients of non-opioid alternatives for the treatment of pain before providing anesthesia or prescribing, ordering, dispensing or administering an opioid drug and document the non-opioid alternatives considered in the patient’s record.

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Media Advisory: Florida House Subcommittee on Health Quality to Hold Workshop on Advanced Practice Registered Nurses Autonomous Practice


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Florida State University in Panama City, FL HURRICANE UPDATE

Please keep our CRNA and SRNA colleagues from Florida State University in Panama City, FL in your prayers. The school and clinical sites have suffered major damage caused by Hurricane Michael. They are currently unable to attend classes and clinical rotations until further notice.  While all of the students are safe, many have suffered major losses to include their homes.

Please encourage your friends, families, colleagues, and students to donate to one of the two fundraising sites. Even a single dollar can help!

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September is recovery month.

National Recovery Month

Every September, SAMHSA sponsors Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate the people who recover.

Every September, SAMHSA sponsors Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate the people who recover. The annual theme is Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in Health, Home, Purpose, and Community.

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