Student Luncheon Recognizes Service and Achievement

On Monday, Sept. 11, student registered nurse anesthetists from around the country gathered for one of the signature events planned for them at the Nurse Anesthesia Annual Congress: the 2017 Student Luncheon. The event introduces the new student representative to the Education Committee and recognizes student award winners. ​ The luncheon was supported in part […]

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Monday in Pictures

 

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See You Next Year… in Boston

The AANA 2018 Nurse Anesthesia Annual Congress will take place on the bustling East Coast. Surrounded by vibrant history and New England culture, next year’s Annual Congress will ensure that the voice of the nurse anesthesia profession will be heard from one coast to another. Boston is the perfect fit for the Annual Congress—CRNAs will […]

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Upcoming Meetings and Workshops

Did you enjoy all the educational offerings of the AANA Annual Congress? The learning doesn’t stop in Seattle! Check out these upcoming workshops from the AANA, and hone both your clinical and political skills. For all upcoming meetings, visit the meetings page. Upper and Lower Extremity Nerve Block Workshop This program, Oct. 7-8 at AANA […]

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Outstanding Contributors Honored at Annual Banquet

The Annual Banquet is a time to honor nurse anesthesia accomplishments and outstanding individuals. It will begin with the traditional procession of AANA past presidents, Board of Directors, award winners, and dignitaries. The event is also a time to recognize people who have made significant contributions to the nurse anesthesia profession and the education of […]

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Opening Ceremonies Bring Color and Excitement to #AANA2017

Beginning with an opening processing led by Chinese Lion Dancers and ending with a parade to the Exhibit Hall led by a marching band, the 2017 Opening Ceremonies on Sunday, Sept. 10, brought a buoyant, enthusiastic flavor to the AANA Nurse Anesthesia Annual Congress. This year’s ceremonies began by honoring AANA tradition, with a processional […]

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Stop by the Social Media Hub

Stop by the Social Media Hub in the Connect Lounge in the Exhibit Hall to get your social media questions answered! Staff will be available to help with all things social and provide one-on-one assistance to get you started on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at #AANA2017. #AANA2017 Be sure to use the hashtag #AANA2017 when […]

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Keynote Speaker Encourages Taking a Human Perspective

This year’s Annual Congress keynote speaker was Howard Behar, former president of Starbucks Coffee North America and Starbucks International. Behar led Starbucks’s domestic business for 21 years before becoming the founding president of Starbucks International, opening the company’s first store outside of North America in Japan. He participated in the growth of the company from […]

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Awards Presented at the Opening Ceremonies

The Annual Congress is traditionally a time for honoring the accomplishments of CRNAs and others whose contributions have helped advance nurse anesthesia education, advocacy, practice, public relations, and humanitarian concerns. At yesterday’s Opening Ceremonies, the association bestowed several awards to CRNAs who have valuably contributed to the profession.   Program Director of the Year Award […]

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Providing Anesthesia for Patients with Substance Use Disorder

The burgeoning opioid crisis presents a series of critical challenges to CRNAs who provide anesthesia care to patients who are suffering from or in recovery from the disease of addiction. In response, during the 2017 Jan Stewart Memorial Wellness Lecture, Sunday, Sept. 10, a panel of CRNA experts offered a timely overview of “Safe Anesthesia […]

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Get Your Copy of A Resource for Nurse Anesthesia Educators Signed

Program administrators, faculty, and students aspiring to an academic career will find great value in the newly expanded and updated second edition of “A Resource for Nurse Anesthesia Educators,” edited by Bernadette Henrichs, PhD, CRNA, CCRN, and Judy Thompson, DNAP, APRN, CRNA. Now covering a wider spectrum of content, the 582-page second edition includes new […]

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Picture Yourself with Free AANA2018 Registration by Participating in Scavenger Hunt

Enter the AANA scavenger hunt raffle for a chance to win a free registration to #AANA2018 in Boston or one of five great prize packages that include gift cards, tickets, tours, and more! The more you post, the better your chances to win. See the complete listing of prizes at www.aana.com/prizes. How to Enter See […]

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Corporate Partners Sponsor Sessions

This year’s Annual Congress owes a debt of gratitude to AANA’s Corporate Partners, who play an integral role in providing the most cutting-edge technology and techniques to the association and its members. At the premier level, we have AbbVie, Merck, and Medtronic to thank. And at the elite level, we extend our thanks to PharMEDium. The […]

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Fill Out Your Passport for Chance to Win

Once the Exhibit Hall opens today, all Annual Congress Attendees will want to bring their AANA Passport (found in your registration bag) to certain booths for a chance to win an Apple iPad. To enter, visit the booths of all participating exhibitors and have them stamp their section of the passport grid. After the grid […]

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College Bowl to Pit Students Against CRNAs

Who says education can’t be fun? The Anesthesia College Bowl, Monday, Sept. 11, 6 to 7 p.m. in ballroom 6ABC, promises to be both educational and entertaining. Students will first compete with other student teams, and the winner will square off against the CRNA Challenge Team in the final match. The College Bowl is sponsored […]

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Product Theaters and Symposia Offer In-Depth Look at Products and Services

Product Theaters and Symposia will give special Annual Congress Supporters time to showcase their products and provide a more detailed explanation for CRNAs.  Product Theaters A Potential New Path to Pain Relief Supported by Cara Therapeutics 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday Exhibit Hall Speakers: Jackie Rowles, DNP, MBA, CRNA, ANP-BC, DAAPM, FAAN, and Joseph Stauffer, […]

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Exhibit Hall Provides Glimpse of the Future of Anesthesia

The Exhibit Hall is always an invaluable part of any Nurse Anesthesia Annual Congress. Exhibitors are eager to speak with CRNAs about the latest technological advances in anesthesia, and exhibitors go a long way in making sure funding for the Annual Congress is possible. A wine and cheese reception will mark the official kickoff of […]

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Welcome to the 2017 Annual Congress!

Welcome to the 2017 Annual Congress! All of us in the AANA family are glad you’re here. In the coming days, you’ll witness firsthand the latest advances in anesthesia; bond with your fellow CRNAs and student registered nurse anesthetists at bustling social events; and take in the attractions and sites of vibrant Seattle. During this […]

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Friday in Pictures

Diversity CRNA Reception Annual Congress Kick-Off Pre-Congress Workshops

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CRNAs to be Featured in USA Today Insert on “Future of Anesthesiology”

A special insert on the “Future of Anesthesiology” to appear in the Sept. 15  weekend edition of USA Today will include a two-page spread featuring an interview article with CRNAs discussing Enhanced Recovery after Surgery (ERAS) and a full-page ad promoting the role and value of CRNAs in today’s healthcare system.  The insert will also […]

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I hope to see you Soon in Seattle

With the 2017 Annual Congress just around the corner, I could not be more excited to reconnect with old friends, make new ones, and engage with our members. The Annual Congress is the single best place for CRNAs to gain new knowledge on innovative topics such as Enhanced Recovery After Anesthesia, the Business of Anesthesia […]

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Focus on Business of Anesthesia at this Year’s Congress

The popular Business of Anesthesia workshop, historically its own event, has been rolled into this year’s Annual Congress. This means that attendees will be able to take advantage of even more diverse programming. The Business of Anesthesia and Practice Management educational track has been designed so that CRNAs at all levels—from those casually interested in owning […]

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Behar to Deliver 2017 Nurse Anesthesia Congress Keynote

This year’s Annual Congress keynote speaker will be Howard Behar, former president of Starbucks Coffee North America and Starbucks International. Behar led Starbucks’ domestic business for 21 years before becoming the founding president of Starbucks International, opening the company’s first store outside of North America in Japan. He participated in the growth of the company […]

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Welcome Reception Starts Congress with a Blast

For the first time ever, this year’s Annual Congress will feature a reception to welcome attendees to Seattle and provide an informal networking session. The Welcome Reception will be from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, at the Museum of Popular Culture (MoPOP), 325 Fifth Avenue North. Guest will enjoy mesmerizing exhibits, interactive installations, […]

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Opening Ceremonies Honor History of Annual Congress

The Opening Ceremonies, Sunday, Sept. 10, from 1 to 2 p.m. in the ballroom 6ABC, will pay homage to the rich traditions of past AANA yearly gatherings while laying the groundwork for a successful Annual Congress. The event will begin with the traditional procession of state presidents, AANA Foundation Friends for Life, award recipients, past […]

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Jan Stewart Lecture to Focus on Patients with Substance Use Disorder

The 2017 Jan Stewart Memorial Wellness Lecture will be at 8:15 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 10, in ballroom 6A. This year’s lecture will feature a panel of experts addressing the topic of “Safe Anesthesia Care of the Patient with Substance Use Disorder.” The panel of Olin (Brad) Hutto, MHS, CRNA; Jessica Switzman, MSN, CRNA; and […]

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All Members Now Able to Vote in Business Meeting

Be there and be part of the essential quorum as the important business of the association is conducted at the AANA Business Meeting on Saturday, Sept. 9, from 1 to 5 p.m. in ballroom 6ABC. The business meeting is open to AANA members only. Members will have the opportunity to affect the future of the […]

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Wellness Sessions to Nurture Mind and Body

Don’t let your brain be the only body part you exercise at the Annual Congress. The AANA Wellness Department has set up several events throughout the extended weekend that will help both your body and your mind. New this year, the AANA Wellness Department is bringing fitness to the congress in a whole new way […]

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Sessions to Focus on Opioid Crisis

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of overdose deaths involving opioids (including prescription opioids and heroin) quadrupled since 1999. From 2000 to 2015, more than half a million people died from drug overdoses. Because of this widespread problem, and because CRNAs are on the frontlines when it comes to access […]

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Preview of Student Sessions and Activities

The Nurse Anesthesia Annual Congress has a bounty of educational opportunities for up-and-coming student registered nurse anesthetists (SRNAs). Students new to the congress will feel acclimated after attending the Kick-Off Orientation and Networking session at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, in room 611-614. At the orientation, they’ll hear from prominent speakers in the nurse anesthesia […]

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Session and Reception Celebrate Diversity

A pair of events will help promote and celebrate diversity in the nurse anesthesia profession. Everyone at Annual Congress will not want to miss the opportunity to attend the CRNA Diversity – Black and White Affair, 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. Friday, Sheraton Cirrus Ballroom. Here, attendees will be able to meet and network with fellow […]

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Hodgins’ 140th Birthday Celebrated and Honored

On June 17, 1931, Agatha Hodgins gathered together a group of Lakeside Hospital School of Anesthesia alumnae and held the first organizational meeting of the National Association of Nurse Anesthetists (later renamed the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists in 1939) at Lakeside Hospital. She was elected the first president of AANA (1931-1933) and was named […]

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Session after Business Meeting to Help SRNAs Transition to Practice

Demystifying the Transition from SRNA to CRNA: An Interactive Q & A Session will take place in room 611-612 immediately after the AANA Business Meeting on Saturday. The session is an opportunity for student registered nurse anesthetists (SRNAs) to ask a panel of experienced CRNAs tough questions and get straight answers about what lies ahead […]

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Overview of Saturday and Sunday Educational Opportunities

A variety of topics will be presented during the weekend sessions at the Annual Congress. Most of the educational sessions will take place in the mornings, including sessions focusing on practice management and the opioid crisis. Below is a sampling of the sessions being offered. For a full list, check the Annual Congress program or […]

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Seattle is just a few short weeks away!

Because the city is so famously tied to coffee, I hope that all the readily-available caffeine only spurs your thirst for knowledge at the AANA 2017 Nurse Anesthesia Annual Congress. The congress gives CRNAs the opportunity to earn up to 27.25 Class A continuing education credits needed for recertification in four short days. We’ve worked hard to […]

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Come for the Education

The AANA 2017 Nurse Anesthesia Annual Congress first and foremost serves as a premier source of educational programming for nurse anesthetists. This year’s Annual Congress offers more educational opportunities than ever before and an easier way to tailor the experience to your needs. Topics covered by various sessions truly run the gamut of nurse anesthesia […]

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Pre-Congress Workshops Offer Hands-On Learning for CRNAs

CRNAs heading to Seattle for the Nurse Anesthesia Annual Congress a day early will want to enhance their knowledge and skills while earning CE credits at the Pre-Congress Workshops on Friday, Sept. 8. These daylong, concurrent workshops feature expert faculty and an in-depth look at topics crucial to CRNAs. Airway on Demand The workshop will […]

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What to do in Seattle

With the nation’s premier museums, outdoor areas, and attractions, a more appropriate question might be, “What isn’t there to do in Seattle?” The city not only contains nationally recognized landmarks like the Space Needle and Pike Place Market, it also boasts world-class dining, shopping, and nightlife options. While the majority of visitors visit downtown, there […]

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Sheraton Seattle Hotel Offers Conveniences for Everyone

Having the Annual Congress accommodations and educational programming across the street from each other offers an unparalleled level of convenience at this year’s event. And when attendees aren’t learning about the latest advancements in nurse anesthesia, they’ll be able to take advantage of the numerous amenities offered by the hotel and surrounding area. Guests who […]

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AANA Foundation Fundraiser Takes it to 11 (p.m.)

This year’s AANA Foundation Fundraiser promises to showcase the best CRNA vocal talents around. CRNAs Live at the Hard Rock Cafe will be from 7 to 11 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10. The evening will entail food, drinks, dancing, and live band karaoke courtesy of Rock-Bot. Rock-Bot has hundreds of songs to choose from, and CRNAs […]

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Be Sure to Download the App

The AANA 2017 smartphone app can help all attendees navigate the Nurse Anesthesia Annual Congress. The app lets users get the most out the convention by providing a comprehensive database of speakers, session dates and times, networking events, and a map of the Washington State Convention Center. Users will be able to keep track of […]

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Post, Tweet, and Instagram to Your Heart’s Content in Seattle

Social media touches our lives in so many ways these days as an important tool for connecting, teaching, learning, promoting, and entertaining. As the AANA 2017 Nurse Anesthesia Annual Congress gears up, there are a variety of ways for attendees and AANA members to join the conversation. Give us a Follow! Keep up with the […]

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Kick-Off Provides Orientation and Fun

Hosted by the AANA Communications Committee, the Kick-Off Orientation, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, in room 611-614, welcomes both first-time and returning attendees to the Annual Congress. Attendees will gain insights into what to expect throughout the week and how to maximize their meeting experience.    President Cheryl Nimmo, DNP, MSHSA, CRNA, and […]

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Check out the AANA Connect Annual Congress Community

A new AANA Connect community is available for registered attendees of this year’s Annual Congress. If you’re registered for Annual Congress, you’re automatically a member of this community – no need to enroll. It’s the place to ask questions, network with your peers, and coordinate meeting up with your fellow Connect members. We’re excited to […]

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