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 profession as well as learn how to make the most of their time in Seattle. For more information on the Kick-Off see the story in the first preissue.

“Demystifying the Transition from SRNA to CRNA: An Interactive Q&A Session,” facilitated by the AANA Communications Committee, will begin immediately after the business meeting on Saturday. The session will give student registered nurse anesthetists the opportunity to discuss the challenges they face on their way to becoming CRNAs.

The Student Session, 7:15 to 7:45 a.m. Monday, will feature the election of a student representative to the AANA Education Committee. The session will continue from 7:45 to 8:30 a.m. with “Practice Models in Various Settings: Military, Independent, Hospital Employee, Anesthesia Group Employee.” In this part, presented by Jerrol Wallace, DNP, CRNA, students will identify characteristics of military, independent, hospital employee, and anesthesia group employee CRNA practice settings. The last part of the session, “The Importance of Political Involvement as a CRNA,” will run from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. In this part, former AANA President Sharon Pearce, MSN, CRNA, will discuss the importance of political involvement for CRNAs and identify techniques for communicating with legislators/congressmen.

The Student Luncheon, noon to 1:30 p.m., will recognize outstanding achievement with the presentation of Student Writing Contest winner and the Student Excellence Award. The new student representative to the Education Committee also will be announced. That evening, the Anesthesia College Bowl will be held at 6 p.m. Here, SRNAs will pit their knowledge against fellow SRNAs, with the winning group taking on the CRNA Challenge Team in the final match.

All of these special programs geared toward associate members, in addition to the numerous general sessions open to all members, await at the AANA Annual Congress!