AANA Annual Congress Daily, Issue 1, August 30, 2015



Welcome to the 2015 Annual Congress!

All of us in the AANA family are glad you're here. 

#AANA2015 Attendees Start the Congress off Right at Kick-Off Orientation and Networking Reception

On Friday, newbies and experienced congress-goers alike had the opportunity to get to know one another and learn about the Nurse Anesthesia Annual Congress program and activities at the Kick-Off Orientation and Networking Reception.



Opening Ceremonies Mark Grand Start to Congress

The 2015 AANA Nurse Anesthesia Annual Congress got off to a rousing start at the Saturday morning Opening Ceremonies. 

Read more about the highlights.


Keynote Speech Inspires and Energizes

Presented for the first time as part of the Opening Ceremonies, the Nurse Anesthesia Annual Congress Keynote Session featured an inspiring and insightful speech by Simon Sinek, author of “Leaders Eat Last.”​
Read about the address.


Compelling New AANA Video Promotes Role and Value of CRNAs

The role and value of CRNAs in today’s healthcare system comes to life in a compelling, new, documentary-style video  that premiered during the AANA Annual Congress Opening Ceremonies to thunderous applause 

Medtronic to Donate Laryngoscopes to Educational Programs 

On Saturday, Aug. 29, at the Assembly of School Faculty, AANA corporate partner Medtronic announced that it plans to donate two McGrath MAC Enhanced Direct Laryngoscopes to each of the 115 COA-accredited nurse anesthesia educational programs through the AANA. To learn more about the laryngoscopes and thank them for their generous donation, visit Medtronic in booth 300 in the Exhibit Hall.


AANA Business Meeting Today at 8:15

Be there and be part of the essential quorum as the important business of the association is conducted at the AANA Business Meeting on Sunday, Aug. 30, from 8:15 a.m. to noon in Grand Ballroom E-J. Couldn’t come to the Annual Congress this year? Catch the live stream through the AANA website.


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Story of Anesthesia Unfolds Today

Edmond Eger II, MD, will present “The Wondrous Story of Anesthesia—Where Nurses Led and Where They Followed” from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom E-J. During the session, Eger will cover how anesthesia was discovered, developed and delivered, how it increased in quality, and how anesthesia shaped medicine by enabling surgery.​


Take the AANA Steps Challenge

Use your fitness tracker or mobile device to track your steps at the conference to see how you measure up to your colleagues. Log in your daily progress here: http://bit.ly/1U9JDdm. Shopping and sightseeing count! We will announce the attendee with the most steps each day on Twitter. Be sure to stop by the walk/run check-in desk or the Health & Wellness Booth in the exhibit hall for your free #AANAsteps silicone bracelet while quantities last.


The Hunt is On!

The great AANA Nurse Anesthesia Annual Congress social media Scavenger Hunt is in full swing. Join the fun for a chance to win free registration at next year’s Nurse Anesthesia Annual Congress. 

Find out how to get in on the hunt.

Must-Read New Book Available from AANA: Ira P. Gunn, Nurse Anesthetist

The AANA is proud to announce the publication of Ira P. Gunn, Nurse Anesthetist: Writings and Wisdom from a Legendary Nursing Leader in time for the 2015 AANA Annual Congress in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Read about the book.


Practice Management 101 Track Covers Aspects of Running a Business

Monday’s sessions on Practice Management will cover a wide range of information about the business of anesthesia, from leading the company to coding for insurance purposes to potential legal obstacles.


How to Save a Life—Substance Use Disorder (SUD) in the Workplace

Members of the AANA Peer Assistance Advisors Committee (PAAC) will present on recognizing substance use disorder (SUD) in the workplace and what to do about it on Monday, Aug. 31, in room 355 from 2 to 4 p.m.


Mastering Peer Support: Debriefing Teams and Individuals after Adverse Events

A panel of CRNAs with expertise in different aspects of trauma will lecture and lead the highly interactive session, Mastering Peer Support: Debriefing Teams and Individuals after Adverse Events, Monday, Aug. 31, in Room 355 from 10 a.m. to noon. ​
AANA Senior Director of Professional Practice Lynn Reede, CRNA, DNP, MBA, talks about the session.


Exhibit Hall Provides Glimpse of the Future of Anesthesia

A wine and cheese reception will mark the official kickoff of the 2015 Exhibit Hall from 3:15 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Come and mingle with exhibitors over cocktails while learning about emerging technology and ways to make practice and administration easier. 


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

A special area of the Exhibit Hall is the Product Theater, which will give special exhibitors time to showcase their products and provide a more detailed explanation for CRNAs. ​

Read more.


Act Now for Veterans Access to CRNA Care 

Consistent with the AANA’s mission to protect and advance CRNA practice, AANA members at the Nurse Anesthesia Annual Congress and at home both have the opportunity to support CRNA practice by taking action today to support veterans access to healthcare provided by CRNAs and other APRNs. 



Federal Political Directors to Meet on Sunday 

The Annual Congress meeting of America’s AANA Federal Political Directors takes place Sunday afternoon in the Convention Center, with a program intended to strengthen the CRNA voice in Washington this fall and during the 2016 national election year. 


What Does Your AANA Washington Office Do for You? 

The AANA has an office in Washington right on Capitol Hill to fight for nurse anesthesia practice, reimbursement, and educational funding on behalf of the patients, practice, and profession of nurse anesthesia. 

Find out more.


Room Change for Tuesday AANA Journal Writing Workshop

“A Pathway to Publication: AANA Journal Writing Course” will be held in Room 254 A-C in the Salt Palace Convention Center on Tuesday, Sept. 1, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Required Disclaimer for CRNA-PAC
The following is an FEC required legal notification for CRNA-PAC: Gifts to political action committees are not tax deductible. Contributions to CRNA-PAC are for political purposes. All contributions to CRNA-PAC are voluntary. You may refuse to contribute without reprisal. The guidelines are merely suggestions. You are free to contribute more or less than the guidelines suggest and the association will not favor or disadvantage you by reason of the amount contributed or the decision not to contribute. Federal law requires CRNA-PAC to use its best efforts to collect and report the name, mailing address, occupation, and the name of the employer of individuals whose contributions exceed $200 in a calendar year. Each contributor must be a US Citizen.