Sunday, August 11, 2013


Opening Ceremonies Thank, Honor Individuals and Organizations that have Furthered Nurse Anesthesia

The Opening Ceremonies of the 80th Annual Meeting on Saturday, Aug. 10, built upon the traditions of past Annual Meetings by honoring those who have donated their efforts to advance the whole of the nurse anesthesia profession. Read more about the Opening Ceremonies here.

Awards Presented at the Opening Ceremonies

Outstanding contributors to the nurse anesthesia profession were honored with awards Saturday at the 80th AANA Annual Meeting Opening Ceremonies. Recipients were recognized for their exemplary and significant impact on nurse anesthesia. For further information, photos, and acceptance speeches, watch for the online Annual Meeting Supplement in the fall. Click here for the full list of winners.

Orientation Welcomes First-Timers to the AANA Meeting, Culture

The First-Timers Orientation welcomed about a hundred newcomers to the 2013 Annual Meeting Friday evening. Sponsored by the AANA Public Relations Committe, the meeting welcomed first-time attendees, introduced them to members of the association, and featured jokes, trivia questions, and prizes. Click here for more coverage.

Critical Incidents and Adverse Events Forum to be Held Sunday

All CRNAs will be affected by a critical or adverse event at some time in their careers. Come listen to stories (or share your own if you desire) regarding the impact this issue has on your wellbeing.  Listening to voices of CRNAs in this forum will help AANA Practice and Health & Wellness Committees shape the strategic direction for the upcoming year to provide important member resources and support. Learn more.

What a Rat Pack Night

The Rat Pack returned to Las Vegas in grand style as the CRNA-PAC hosted over 200 PAC supporters last night at the Gehry-designed Cleveland Clinic Center for Brain Health.  The scene was spellbinding, with CRNAs sporting fedoras and Marilyn Monroe look-alike gowns as they shared specialty cocktails and enjoyed timeless hits of the era such as “New York, New York” and “Luck be a Lady.” Find out more. 

Association of Veterans Affairs Celebrates Anniversary

This year’s Annual Meeting marks a special milestone for the Association of Veterans Affairs Nurse Anesthetists (AVANA)—the association is celebrating its 40th anniversary. Read more about AVANA.

Wellness Activities Abound at Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting attendees will have several options to learn about wellness and to improve their own. The convention’s wellness offerings will start with a Critical Incidents and Adverse Events Open Forum from 12:15 to 1:45 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, in Jamaica A. Sunday forum audience members are invited to bring their lunches and join Maria van Pelt, CRNA, MS, MSN, and Lynn Reede, CRNA, DNP, MBA, AANA Senior Director Professional Practice, who will lead a discussion about anesthesia-related traumatic events. All are welcome. See more about all the events.

Preview of Monday General Session

Maria van Pelt, CRNA, MS, MSN, will present the Tenth Annual Jan Stewart Lecture, “The Aftermath of Perioperative Catastrophes: Our (CRNAs) Voices are Finally Heard!” The talk will be from 9 to 10 a.m. on Monday in the Grand Ballroom and will describe the impact a perioperative catastrophe can have on a CRNA’s well-being and ways of coping that are utilized when an event occurs. Maria van Pelt, who works at Massachusetts General Hospital, focuses her research on the aftermath of perioperative catastrophes and their impact on patient safety and provider wellness. Read more.

History to Come Alive at Meeting

While the AANA History and Archives Society has been a presence at Annual 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. Get the details here.

Textbook Authors to Sign Books August 12

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. Read more about the event.

Blood Drive to Save Lives

The AANA is hosting its third annual blood drive in the Mirage Events Center on Monday, Aug. 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit the Blood Drive booth to make an appointment. Please seriously consider being a blood donor, and thank you in advance on behalf of your community blood supply and the American Red Cross! Why donate blood?

Open Labs to Cover Ultrasound and Difficult Airways

​Back by popular demand, the Ultrasound and Difficult Airway Open Labs will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday and from 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday, with 1 CE credit available for each lab attended. New this year, Monday’s lab will be open from 2 to 4 p.m. for CRNAs only. In the Ultrasound lab (in Antigua), attendees will work on both live and phantom models to demonstrate proper ultrasound probe orientation and how to identify structures with the device. They will also utilize ultrasound technique for the performance of regional blocks. Read about the labs.

Helen Vos Lecture to Focus on Education

AANA President Janice Izlar, CRNA, DNAP, will present the Helen P. Vos Memorial Lecture, “The Role of Education in the History of Nurse Anesthesia,” from 3 to 4 p.m. on Monday in the Montego Ballroom. Izlar will speak about the influences education has had on the nurse anesthesia profession. The session is worth 1 CE credit.

Saturday Highlights in Pictures

You might see yourself in these photos from Saturday's sessions and events. Click here.