History to Come Alive at Meeting

​While the AANA History and Archives Society has been a presence at Annual
​A photo from an Annual
Meeting in the 1940s.
 Meetings in the past, this is the first year the group is offering a pair of lectures worth 1 CE credit. Each will be 30 minutes and held sequentially, beginning at 11 a.m. Monday in Jamaica B.
The first talk, presented by Evan Koch, CRNA, MSN, is “Helen Lamb: The Mother of Nurse Anesthesia Education.”  Lamb was heavily involved in shaping the foundation of nurse anesthesia education. She founded the School of Anesthesia at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Mo., in 1929 and was director until her retirement in 1951. Lamb was a charter member of the AANA (then called the National Association of Nurse Anesthetists) during its inception in 1931. She chaired the education committee numerous times and served as the organization’s fifth president (1940-1942).
​Annual Meeting in the 1950s.
In 1980, the Helen Lamb Outstanding Educator Award was established in her name.
Following Koch’s presentation, Jackie Rowles, CNRA, ANP, MBA, FAAPM, will discuss “AANA and IFNA: Past, Present and Future.” Rowles will cover the history of the relationship between the AANA and the International Federation of Nurse Anesthetists, which was founded in 1989 with 11 countries.  It currently has 41 member countries. The presentation also will get into how the two organizations can help each other accomplish future goals.
Visitors to the AANA Archives Booth in Exhibit Hall
​Annual Meeting in the 1960s.
will find a variety of pictures from past Annual Meetings. Kathy Koch, MLIS, CA, AANA Archives-Librarian, selected pictures highlighting traditions of yesteryear, such as the “Queen Ann S. Thesia” competition from the state night friendship dinner. The dinner, a tradition for more than 20 years, crowned the winner of a skit competition between states. The royalty title was only around for two years. The photos will showcase vintage fashion and hairdos of the 1940s, 50s, and 60s.