Movers and Shakers

Movers and Shakers is a new section that’s been added to our website. It will highlight CRNAs, SRNAs, legislators, hospital administrators and other folks who make a difference in our state and specifically for our profession. If you know of someone who makes a difference in your practice, please let us know. We will gladly feature them.

Our first “Mover  and Shaker” spotlight is Dr. Martin Blaney. Martin is the FIRST CRNA in our state to obtain prescriptive authority for  all  drug classes except schedule ll!  This  was made possible because of the new legislative law directing the Board of Nursing to rewrite Chapter 8 rules for critical access hospitals that went into effect this past summer. His ability to prescribe medications will greatly add to Martin’s armamentarium while practicing opioid free anesthesia in his rural practice setting. 

Congratulations Martin! You are a real trailblazer for others.  Please take a moment to read about this amazing CRNA.

Our next and *NEWEST* mover and shaker is Representative Anne Perry. Read more below!

Representative Anne Perry

Anne Perry (Democratic Party) is a member of the Maine House of Representatives, representing District 140. This District encompasses the towns of Baileyville, Baring, Calais, Charlotte, Pembroke, Perry, Robbinston, Passamaquoddy Indian and Passamaquoddy Pleasant Point. Her current term ends on December 6, 2022. She has served the citizens of her district since 2016. Of interest, Representative Perry graduated from the University of Southern Maine with a BS in Nursing and Husson College with an MS in Nursing, specializing in family practice. Our lobbyist Chris Jackson says of Anne “She is so thoughtful, kind and measured but can be tough when she has to be, and it is one of the reasons she is so respected by her peers in the Legislature.”

Earlier in her career, she worked for Moses Ludington Hospital as an obstetrics nurse, and the Essex County Head Start Program as a nurse and social worker. Following these appointments, she accepted various roles in the field of medicine, including a prepared childbirth instructor, a clinical director, an office nurse and a family nurse practitioner for Essex County Clinic, Southern Adirondack Planned Parenthood, Adirondack Mountains Family Practice and Family Practice of Laurie Churchill, Maryland. More recently, Ms. Perry excelled as the president of the Maine Nurse Practitioner Association, the vice chief for Staff Calais Regional Hospital and an adjunct professor of health policy for Husson University’s nurse practitioner program. In 2004, she was the recipient of Nurse Practitioner of Excellence Award of the Maine Nurse Practitioner Association and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Although her career has been filled with highlights, Ms. Perry is especially proud of earning the Nursing Leadership and Advocate Award from the Maine chapter of the American Nurses Association in 2019. For her outstanding work, she has been featured in multiple editions of Who’s Who in the East and Who’s Who in American Politics. Looking toward the future, Ms. Perry intends to continue utilizing her nursing expertise in her work with the Maine House of Representatives.

Anne is a staunch advocate for the citizens in Washington County and rural Maine. She passionately said: “Washington County deserves a senator who puts Washington County people first.” “Our region has critical needs and I will do my best to put those needs at the top of the legislative agenda. “She believes by working together, one can build and sustain a strong rural Maine.

Anne is very much aware of the legislative issues and battles facing advanced practice nurses in our state. A real spitfire when she needs to be, this retired nurse practitioner who worked at Calais Regional Medical Services. She currently serves on the Ethics and the Health and Human Services Committees. Just this past year, Representative Perry has sponsored 10 bills, including LD 254 “An Act to Allow Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists To Bill for Their Services.” This legislation took over 3 years of hard work to pass and Representative Perry led the charge and won. Other legislative battles she has recently faced but lost is LD 295 “An Act to Repeal Restrictions That Prohibit Certain Advanced Practice Registered Nurses from Providing Essential Health Care Services,” In a recent interview, Representative Perry stated that there is still much work to do and it’s just a matter of time before Advanced Practice Nurses, including CRNAs, are given “true” independent practice from physician supervision. She assured her audience that it would happen but sadly she predicts it’ll take many more years of hard work before it’s a reality.

Perry’s motivation has been the people she has worked with, patients and their families. She has enjoyed touching and making a difference in the lives of others. She is a true inspiration for every advanced practice nurse in our state and in our nation. 

Ms. Perry is the proud mother of three wonderful children, Heather, Ian and Kristin, as well as a grandmother to her five grandchildren – Perry, Sydney, Rylie, Lucas and Eliot.

Representative Anne Perry at the MeANA Spring Professional Development Meeting

Martin Blaney

I was born and raised in Maine, and with the exception of my years serving in the Army, I have pretty much lived, worked, and/or studied in every corner of this great state. I think it’s a great place to live and work.

I’ve spent the better part of the past nine years living on the Down East coast with my husband, Ryan. We love it there, and when I’m not working in Rumford, I volunteer maintaining hiking trails for Maine Coast Heritage Trust. Maine has beauty everywhere, but I am partial to the raw beauty found Down East. Whether it is hiking along granite cliffs that plunge 30-40 feet straight down into the sea, or camping on an uninhabited island just off the coast, my happiest times are when I’m outside, in the woods, appreciating nature’s simple wonders.

In 2012, while working at my first CRNA job, I started to delve into multi-modal analgesia practices. It took less than a week to leave behind opioids and “balanced anesthesia” in favor of better outcomes – rare, if any, post-op nausea and vomiting; high patient satisfaction scores; and quicker recoveries. It’s been eight years and my practice is nearly 100% opioid-free. I recently completed the state and federal requirements for prescriptive authority, and am looking to add pre- and post-operative medications to my current practice, in an effort to maximize the favorable results I’ve seen so far. I love the flexibility independent practice provides me, and I appreciate the efforts of the MeANA board and membership to further the practice of nurse anesthesia in Maine.

Here’s How You Can Gain Prescriptive Authority Too!

There are multiple steps to getting approved for prescription authority, and they need to be done in sequence.

  1. Complete a 45-hour graduate level advanced pharmacology course, either through a university graduate school (3 credits) or a CME provider (45 hours). I chose Barkley & Associates, and it cost $545.00. Whichever course the CRNA chooses to take, it MUST include classes on prescription writing and at least three hours specifically on managing opioid prescriptions. The Barkley course was comprehensive, and I had 90 days from registering to complete it. It took me longer, so I ended up paying $50.00 more for a 30-day extension. There were three exams to take throughout the course. Upon successful completion of the final exam, I received a CME certificate showing that it was an approved course for prescribers. I called the BoN to ask if they wanted me to send it in to have on file; they do not. While the course requirement is written into the Chapter 8 rules, it is for a DHHS requirement, not a BoN mandate. I was told to hold onto the certificate until such time I may be asked to provide it.
  2. The DEA requires all providers who prescribe medications to register with them. To obtain a DEA registration number costs $888.00, however, the Chapter 8 rule stipulates that CRNAs MUST ONLY prescribe using the DEA registration number of the Critical Access Hospital (or rural hospital) by which they are employed. This is important: We are not allowed to obtain our own DEA registration number under the Maine law. Instead, the DEA permits hospitals to allow providers who do not wish to obtain their own registration number to use the hospital’s DEA registration number with a suffix as a unique identifier for the provider. I confirmed this with the  Boston office of the DEA and the BoN.
  3. Go to your hospital’s chief pharmacist and request s/he add the CRNA to the list they are required to maintain of providers who use the hospital’s DEA registration number. The number is two letters followed by seven digits followed by a hyphen followed by a four digit unique suffix assigned to the CRNA. Once you have that, then
  4. Create an account with the Maine Prescription Monitoring Program as an advanced practice nurse specializing in anesthesiology (there’s no drop-down option for CRNA). You’ll need your DEA registration number for this. It’ll take a few days to get approved, but once approved you’re required to check the PMP prior to writing any prescriptions.
  5. Educate your surgeons on your intentions to prescribe.
  6. Prescribe.