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 make this year’s program especially relevant in today’s rapidly changing healthcare world. Several sessions will focus on the opioid crisis that is affecting every part of the country. The new business of anesthesia educational track will help the growing number of CRNAs who want to run their own practices. And several sessions—including the Fundamentals in Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiogram pre-congress workshop and enhanced recovery after surgery track—will help us stay up to date in providing the most cutting-edge care to our patients. In addition to clinical pursuits, please participate in the AANA Foundation fundraising events to support important nurse anesthesia education and research—and have some fun while doing it!

While at the Annual Congress, share your experiences with your friends, family, and fellow CRNAs. We’ve made it easy with the AANA 2017 mobile app, available for Apple and Android devices. Post your photos and comments directly from the app using the hashtag #AANA2017 to mark the memories you’re making.

Growing the Spotlight

During my year as president, I’m extremely proud of the increased transparency this year’s Board of Directors has brought to the association. This has been a year full of obstacles, and we’ve taken steps to ensure that all news—both good and bad—was communicated to members. And we’ve also included members who have never been involved in the association before. This year, one third of every committee included CRNAs who had never participated on the national level. The charges were heavy, and every committee met the mark and produced stellar work. Many thanks to all of them.

As I leave my term as president, my hopes are that we continue to actively fight for our profession and that CRNAs see the value of belonging to the AANA and volunteering to protect our profession. We have amazing, skilled, and safe members who excel in every venue—research, education, business, clinical practice, the rural area, the military, and in academic teaching centers. I encourage all of you to give a bit of that skill and knowledge to your professional organization both on the state and national level. The world is changing, and so must we. We need your insights, ideas, and your dedication to getting the work done. 

Thank you for a wonderful year, and I hope you enjoy this year’s Annual Congress!

Cheryl Nimmo, DNP, MSHSA, CRNA
AANA President