Monday August 12 2013


Members Gather to Conduct the Business of the Association on Sunday

At the Annual Business Meeting on Sunday, Aug. 11, AANA members came together to learn about the state of the Association and influence its future.  In addition to hearing reports from the AANA president, treasurer, and executive director, members voted on amendments to the AANA Bylaws and Standing Rules and two proposed resolutions. Read more about the Business Meeting here.

J.R. Martinez Speaks About Adapting and Overcoming

Speaking to a nearly full Grand Ballroom Sunday afternoon, Keynote Speaker J.R. Martinez shared his story and message of overcoming life’s greatest obstacles. Serving in Iraq in 2003 with the U.S. Army, his Humvee hit a roadside bomb, ejecting the other three soldiers and trapping Martinez under the burning vehicle. He spent 34 months recovering from the accident, undergoing 33 surgeries in attempts to heal the burns on nearly half his body. In his early 20s at the time, Martinez decided to use his life-changing experience to improve the lives of others. After answering an open casting call for the soap opera “All My Children,” Martinez turned a three-month stint into a three-year role. However, he may be most widely known for winning the “Dancing with the Stars” competition. Click here for full coverage.

AANA Joins With Merck to Highlight OR Xchange Promgram

Communication is a topic surgical and anesthesia professionals have discussed for some time. Though both groups have distinct roles throughout the perioperative process, earlier communication in the surgical setting could facilitate greater collaboration in the OR. OR Xchange, a program funded by Merck, encourages surgical teams and their institutions to make communication and collaboration a priority. The AANA is joining efforts with Merck on this important initiative. Click here for more information.

What Does the AANA's Team in Washington, D.C., Do for You?

Your AANA has an office in Washington that works in Congress and before federal agencies in support of CRNA practice and reimbursement. During the AANA Annual Meeting, your AANA Federal Government Affairs team is available for consultation at our FGA/CRNA PAC Booth in the Exhibit Hall’s AANA Pavilion. “What would you possibly want to consult with the FGA staff about?” you might ask. “What does the AANA FGA office do?” Learn more.

Refresh Your Practice Knowledge on Surgical Fire Safety

Surgical fires, which are preventable medical errors, are fires that occur in, on or around a patient who is undergoing a medical or surgical procedure. An estimated 550 to 650 surgical fires occur in the United States per year, some causing serious injury, disfigurement, and even death. Find out more. 

Annual Reports Available Online

Visit to read the Annual Reports of AANA committees and affiliates. Member login and password required.

Preview of Writers Workshop

Nurse anesthetists who aspire to publish will want to attend the AANA Journal Writing Workshop from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday in Jamaica A. Those who attend the full two hours will receive 2 CE credits. See more about the workshop.

Preview of Tuesday Concurrent Sessions

Rounding out the Annual Meeting, Tuesday’s Concurrent Sessions will examine topics pertinent to patient health—in the form of potential illnesses—and CRNA health—looking at addiction and legal issues. The sessions will take place from 10 a.m. to noon and are worth 2 CE credits each. Read more.

Reminder: Book Signing Today in Exhibit Hall

Student registered nurse anesthetists, or CRNAs wanting to brush up on their knowledge, can purchase copies of AANA’s newest textbooks and have them signed by the authors. Starting Monday, Aug. 12, from 1:30 p.m., Chuck Biddle, CRNA, PhD, author of “Evidence Trumps Belief,” and Sass Elisha, CRNA, EdD, co-author of “Critical Events in Anesthesia: A Clinical Guide for Nurse Anesthetists,” will be in the AANA Pavilion signing books and addressing readers’ questions.

Saturday Afternoon and Sunday Highlights in Pictures

You might see yourself in these photos from Saturday night and Sunday sessions and events. View here.