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.
The forum precedes van Pelt’s Monday lecture as the Jan Stewart Speaker from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 12, in the Grand Ballroom. Speaking on the same topic, she will cover what the impact of a catastrophe can have on a CRNA’s well-being as well as the ways of coping that can be utilized when a major event occurs. Maria van Pelt is currently a PhD candidate at Villanova University.
Vegas visitors wanting to stay in shape during the Annual Meeting can join the 5K fun walk/run on Monday starting at 6:30 a.m. Runners also will be helping others through the AANA’s social responsibility cause this year, Lifebox, which will receive proceeds after cost. Lifebox aims to make surgery safer in some of the world’s poorest countries by donating pulse oximeters to clinics. Stop at the walk/run check-in table before Sunday at 6 p.m. (Mirage registration desk #2) to register. Informal groups of walkers and runners also will be meeting in The Mirage lobby at 5:40 a.m. on Saturday, Sunday, and Tuesday mornings.
Wellness activities will continue Monday afternoon during two educational sessions from 3 to 5 p.m. in Mirage Events Center C1. The two topics focus on workplace wellness. E. Laura Wright, CRNA, PhD, will lead “Addiction and Return to Work: Is it Possible?” where attendees examine the challenges of returning to nurse anesthesia while recovering from opioid dependency. Jennifer C. Ferguson, CRNA, MSN, and Kat Venden Heuvel will present “Put the FUN in Functional… The Benefits of Team Building for Your Anesthesia Practice.” All individuals interested in chemical dependency in anesthesia professionals for any reason are invited to attend an “open” Anesthetists in Recovery (AIR) meeting at 5 p.m.
And of course, throughout the entirety of the convention, visits can wander by the Health Wellness Booth (#724) in the Exhibit Hall and spin the Wheel of Wellness (everyone wins), get their wellness and addiction questions answered, and participate in daily challenges.