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Monday, August 6, 2012


Opening Ceremonies Inform, Entertain and Inspire

The official opening of the 79th Annual Meeting on Sunday, Aug. 5, blended tradition with high-energy fun and entertainment.  Attendees came together to celebrate their profession and honor individuals who have advanced it. Read more about highlights of the Opening Ceremonies. 

Awards Presented at the Annual Meeting

Awards honoring outstanding contributors to the nurse anesthesia profession were presented to recipients at the 79th Annual AANA Meeting Opening Ceremonies on Sunday. Read more Read more about the awardees who were recognized for their exemplary and significant impact on nurse anesthesia.

Sunday Highlights in Pictures

Visit our Sunday Picture Page for highlights of Sunday's events. 

New Journal app Announced at Business Meeting

The AANA Journal is available as an iPhone and IPad app, announced AANA President Debra Malina, CRNA, DNSc, MBA, at the AANA Annual Business Meeting on Sunday. Amazon and Google versions will be available soon. Visit iTunes for more information on the iPhone app and the iPad app.

The app is free to download; issues cost $1.99 each. There is a login feature - this is not your AANA website login info or your Apple/iTunes login. You must create a new login - click on Buy, and it will ask you to create a login for the app.

Reminder: AANA to Broadcast Tuesday General Session Via Live Online Audio/Video Stream

The AANA knows that not all of its members are able to attend the AANA Annual Meeting, but all CRNAs need current information to help shape and guide their practice. To provide you with some of the educational content being presented at this year’s meeting, the AANA has arranged to broadcast a two-hour general session live from the Moscone Center in San Francisco. “Perioperative Neuromuscular Blockade: Time for Another Look” will feature two experienced anesthesia providers, Mark Welliver, CRNA, DNP, ARNP, and Glenn Murphy, MD, sharing their views and knowledge on neuromuscular blocking agents and pertinent information for perioperative patient care associated with this category of pharmaceuticals. The session will take place On August 7, 2012, from - 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Pacific Time) / 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (Eastern Time). Click here for more details.

Tuesday General Sessions Preview

Tuesday, Aug. 7 promises to be great day of lectures. All of Tuesday’s General Sessions will be held in Moscone Center West, Room 3006-3012. Read more about the superb sessions scheduled for Tuesday here

Jan Stewart Memorial Wellness Lecture will Help You Be “Younger Next Year”

On Tuesday, Aug. 7, author Chris Crowley will offer the Annual Meeting audience tips on making life changes that can reverse the negative effects of aging.

Crowley's informative and enthusiastic presentation will motivate the audience to  improve their mental and physical well-being to change the course of unhealthy aging.
Whether you are just starting a nurse anesthesia career or approaching retirement, you'll leave with inspiration and the necessary tools to chart a new life plan to prevent unhealthy lifestyle chronic diseases. For more information on the author and his books: 

Special Sale on 75th Anniversary Book at Archives Booth

Stop by the AANA Archives booth, #323 in the Exhibit Hall, and learn about the about the fascinating, inspiring history of nurse anesthesia. While you are there, you can purchase A Pictoral History of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, the keepsake coffee table book published in honor of the AANA’s 75th anniversary, for only $20. (Cash and carry only.)

Congratulations AANA Health and Wellness Pushup Contest Winners

The results of the epic pushup contest held Sunday afternoon in the AANA Health and Wellness Booth, #327 in the Exhibit Hall, are in. Tom Sampson was the overall winner, with 110 pushups. See the table below for the top finishers, and congratulations to all who participated.

Age Women Men
<20 Carrie Ariza, 40 Nicholas Randazzo, 40
21 – 30 Kayla Vonarx, 57 Drew Hornsby, 89
31 – 40 Cara Vomhof, 80 Tom Sampson, 110
41 – 50 Paula Randazzo, 80 Mark Haffey, 75
60+ Janet Dewan, 2 Tom Davis, 35