Florida Association of Student Nurse Anesthetists (FASNA) Bylaws
(Adopted February 2003; Amended February 2010; Amended February 2013)
Article I – NAME
This organization shall be known as the Florida Association of Student Nurse Anesthetists, hereinafter referred to as FASNA. FASNA is an affiliate of the Florida Association of Nurse Anesthetists, hereinafter referred to as FANA.
Article II – PURPOSE
It shall be the purpose of the organization to create a structure for Registered Nurses studying the science and art of nurse anesthesiology within the state of Florida to assemble, exchange information and build a foundation for career development.
Article III – MEMBERSHIP
Section 1. Membership: Only students currently actively enrolled in an accredited program of nurse anesthesia within the state of Florida shall be members of this organization. Only active members are eligible to speak, vote, and hold office; active membership shall be based on the most currently available active student enrollment list from participating programs.
Article IV – GOVERNANCE
Section 1. Structure: The organization shall be governed by a Board of Directors consisting of two representatives from each program to include one second year student and one first year student. There shall be a Chair (the second year student), and a Vice Chair (the first year student). The Vice Chair will be the Chair upon completion of the Chair’s term or as soon as the current Chair graduates – whichever comes first. The Chair and Vice Chair of the Board shall be named each year using the attached rotation schedule (see appendix a).
Section 2. Eligibility for Office: Only FASNA members are eligible for office; active status shall be based on the most currently available active student enrollment list from each participating program. Only active members who are serving on the FASNA Board shall be eligible for the office of Chair.
Section 3. Committees: There shall be 4 standing committees each chaired by a second year student with a first year student serving as Vice Chair. The Vice Chair will in turn rotate into the Chair position the next calendar year. These committees shall be comprised of a second year and a first year representative from each of the 7 anesthesia programs in Florida. The 14 representatives shall be rotated in these 4 standing committees which are:
- Fund Raising
Section 4. Duties of the Board:
- Plan and organize educational opportunities for members to be presented at the general meetings.
- Implement a means of communication for the membership.
- Collect and convey student concerns involving professional and educational matters to the FANA Board.
- Identify through its membership unique learning opportunities/resources that will further members education in anesthesiology.
- Communicate practice opportunities in the state of Florida to its members and members of other student nurse anesthetist organizations.
- Represent member concerns to the Florida legislature and Governor.
- Plan and organize social and networking opportunities at each general meeting.
- Oversee daily operations of the Organization.
Section 5. Duties of the Chair:
The Chair shall supervise and direct the affairs of FASNA and act as its chief spokesperson. The Chair shall represent the organization by serving as a non-voting member of the Board of FANA.
Section 6. Terms of Office:
- Board of Directors. Board members shall serve until completion of their academic program, unless removed for failure to maintain membership qualifications. This term shall ensure that at any given time, half of the Board members shall be newly appointed, while half shall be serving the second half of their term.
- Chair. The Chair shall serve for a period of one year. Should the Chair graduate from his/her academic program prior to completion of the year, the Vice Chair shall assume the Chair position for the completion of the term, and so forth.
- Vice Chair. The Vice Chair shall serve a period of one year. After the Chair graduates from his/her academic program or has completed service with FASNA for the calendar year, the Vice Chair shall assume the Chair position.
Article V – PARTICIPATION IN FANA BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETINGS
Section 1. In addition to the FASNA Chair serving as a non-voting member of the FANA Board of Directors, one student for each of the following positions shall attend FANA Board of Directors meetings in order to shadow the person serving in the FANA leadership position as follows:
President – One (1)
President-Elect – One (1)
Vice President – One (1)
Secretary/Treasurer – One (1)
Directors – Five (5), one for each individual Director on the FANA Board
Communications Committee – Two (2)
Member Services Committee – One (1)
Government Relations – One (1)
Executive Committee – Two (2), one for each member at large
Nominating Committee – Two (2)
Peer Assist Committee – One (1)
Students attending the FANA Board of Directors meetings as described above shall be comprised of students from all programs on a rotating basis (based on Appendix a) but with two (2) students per school. Based on nine (9) programs, this allows two (2) students from each program to attend FANA Board meetings. Each school shall vote to elect its two (2) respective members to attend FANA Board meetings.
Article VI – MEETINGS
General membership meetings shall be held in conjunction with each general FANA meeting (3 times per year). The Chair of the Board shall preside. General information concerning the organizations activities shall be reported to the membership. Announcement of new Board members from each Program shall occur at the fall meeting each year. Minutes shall be kept of each meeting.
Board of Director meetings shall also be held in conjunction with each FANA meeting (3 times per year), prior to the general membership meeting. Special meetings of the Board shall be called by the Chair upon written request of at least 3 other Board members representing different programs. The FANA advisor shall be included in all special and regular meetings of the Board. Special meetings may be held via telecommunication. A quorum shall be 5 members with each program being represented. Minutes shall be kept of each meeting with distribution to Board members within 14 days.
Article VII – INDEMNIFICATION
To the full extent permitted by, and in accordance with Florida law, the organization shall indemnify any person who was or is a party or is threatened to be made a party to any threatened, pending, or completed action, suit or proceeding, whether civil, criminal, administrative or investigative, by reason of the fact that he/she is or was an officer, agent or representative of the organization, or performs or has performed volunteer services for or on behalf of the organization, or is or was serving at the request of the organization as an officer, agent or representative of another organization or other enterprise, against expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees), judgments, fines and amounts paid in settlement actually reasonably incurred by the person in connection with such action, suit, or proceeding.
Article VIII – PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY
The rules contained in the current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised shall govern FASNA in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with these Bylaws or any special rules of order FASNA may adopt.
Article IX – AMENDMENTS
Proposed amendments to the Bylaws of FASNA must be submitted in writing to the Chair not less than sixty days prior to the next general meeting. The proposed amendments shall be referred to the FANA advisor for review, revision and recommendation. At the general meeting, the proposed amendments to the Bylaws shall be submitted for a vote of those in attendance. Amendments to these Bylaws of FASNA may be adopted by an affirmative vote of two-thirds of those members present and voting.
Article X – DISSOLUTION
FASNA is not organized for profit and no part of any finances inures to the benefit of any private individual. In the event of the dissolution of FASNA, any funds remaining after payment of any outstanding debts shall be returned to the FANA or in the event the FANA does not exist then to a non-profit organization with qualifies under Section 501(6) of the Internal Revenue Code.
As amended February 2013
Rotation of Chair and Student Representation
|2013-2014||University of Miami|
|2014-2015||University of North Florida|
|2015-2016||University of South Florida|
|2016-2017||Gooding Institute of Nurse Anesthesia|
|2017-2018||Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences|
|2019-2020||Florida Gulf Coast University|
|2020-2021||Florida International University – School of Nursing|
The Vice Chair shall be the first year student from the program to hold the Chair position the following year.