Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Victor L. Martin, a Franklin resident, was recently introduced as the 2020-21 president of the 2,200-member Tennessee Association of Nurse Anesthetists (TANA) during the association’s virtual annual conference.
Martin, owner of Franklin-based Stage Two Anesthesia, PLLC, earned his diploma in nurse anesthesiology from Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia in 1986.
“Any time you are chosen, elected or requested to perform a task, it’s an honor,” he. “It does not matter if it is an individual or group, such as TANA, that asks.”
CRNAs are anesthesia specialists who practice in every type of healthcare setting where anesthesia is required for surgical, obstetrical, trauma stabilization and pain management procedures. Every year, the nation’s 57,000-plus nurse anesthetists safely deliver more than 49 million anesthetics to patients across the United States. During the COVID-19 pandemic, these airway experts have provided essential front-line services such as caring for patients in respiratory distress, operating ventilators and managing intensive care units.
Martin has been involved with TANA since 2014, first serving as federal political director and then as Region III director. Prior to Stage Two Anesthesia, he was a founding partner in Tri-Star Anesthesia PLLC. He has been involved in healthcare since 1980 when he began as an operating room nurse.
“A nursing degree was a way to support myself while I decided what I wanted to do when I grew up,” said Martin. “After being exposed to CRNAs working in clinical settings, I knew that’s what I wanted to be. I enjoy the overall challenge.”
As TANA president, Martin’s goals include advocating and educating stakeholders as to what CRNAs contribute to the healthcare community on a daily basis throughout Tennessee.
“Patients who live and ultimately seek medical care in Tennessee should be aware of who we are,” he said. “For policymakers, these folks need to know the level of safety, expertise and cost efficiency we provide in Tennessee, crafting legislation that allows CRNAs to function to the level of our training. The executive orders from Governor Bill Lee allowing clinical sites to take advantage of our training during the COVID-19 pandemic were a good first step.”
Martin earned his Bachelor of Arts in healthcare psychology from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, in 2005 and his MBA from Southern New Hampshire University in 2018. He was born in Lebanon, Tennessee, and has practiced in the state for most of his career.