Check out the AANA Foundation Events and Activities

The Annual Meeting is the perfect time for members to become acquainted with the AANA Foundation, and support its efforts to advance the science of anesthesia through education and research. We invite you to a full range of sessions, events, and activities.
Pioneers Meeting
Anesthesia “Pioneers” have been meeting at the Annual Meeting since the early 1990s when Ruth Wright, CRNA, organized the first gathering to provide a place for retired CRNAs to get together at the AANA Annual Meeting. This year, the Foundation will hold its annual Pioneers Meeting on Saturday, August 10, 3 to 4 p.m., in Barbados A. This meeting provides retirees age 55 and older an opportunity to hear about the progress of the Foundation and enjoy visiting with old friends and make plans for Annual Meeting activities. This year we are once again reaching out to all retired CRNAs and Emeritus AANA members to attend this session. Dues are not required, but you may make a donation if you have a desire to assist in funding research and the future education of CRNAs.
AANA Foundation Fundraiser: Vegas –
The Stars Come Out at Night
Monday, August 12
Treasure Island Ballroom, Treasure Island, 3300 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas
Hosted by Saturday Night Live’s Kenan Thompson, this year’s fundraiser will include Vegas-inspired food stations, drinks, a DJ, dancing, and an exciting talent competition featuring our very own CRNA and SRNA stars. Support your friends and colleagues and the Foundation by voting for your favorites ahead of time here and at the event. Two winners will be announced at the end of the evening. These tax-deductible dollar “votes” benefit the Foundation. We encourage guests to go all out and dress like a star or favorite celebrity.

Tickets are $225. If you have not yet purchased your ticket, contact the AANA Foundation at (847) 655-1170 to inquire about availability. Pre-reserved tickets will be included in your registration packet.

Proceeds benefit the AANA Foundation and its mission to advance the science of anesthesia through education and research.
State of the Science General Poster Session
Learn about research being conducted by CRNAs and SRNAs by visiting the State of the Science General Poster Session in the Exhibit Hall. More than 100 posters will be on display on Sunday, Aug. 11, 3:15 to 6 pm; Monday, Aug. 12, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Tuesday, Aug. 13, from 8 to 10 a.m. You can earn one continuing education credit by reviewing a minimun of 10 posters. CRNAs/students will display their research and be available to answer questions.
State of the Science Oral Poster Session
At the AANA Foundation’s “State of the Science” Oral Poster Session, on Monday, Aug. 12 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., in Room 208-A & 208-B, 14 competitively-selected investigators will offer 15- to 20-minute presentations on their research. See pages 23-24 of the Annual Meeting Program Directory for a list of presenters and topics.
This continuing educational activity is supported by an independent educational grant from Merck.
Tenth Annual Jan Stewart Memorial Wellness Lecture
Maria van Pelt, CRNA, MS, MSN, will deliver the “The Aftermath of Perioperative Catastrophes: Our (CRNAs) Voices are Finally Heard!” on Monday, Aug. 12, 9 to 10 a.m. in the Mirage Grand Ballroom. Contributions to the Jan Stewart Fund, through the AANA Foundation, help support the speakers' series, which addresses wellness and chemical dependency topics.
Stop by and Visit!
Come meet AANA Foundation Board of Trustees members and staff and learn about the AANA Foundation at our booth #524, located in the AANA Pavilion. Review at least 10 posters, and claim one CE credit in the online evaluation during and after the meeting. Also, be sure to check out the items in the Foundation's silent auction.