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Preissue 1 - July 24, 2012

San Francisco is the site of the 2012 AANA Annual Meeting, famous for the Golden Gate Bridge, trolley cars, Fisherman's Wharf and much more! Read the welcome from AANA President Debra Malina, CRNA, DNSc, MBA!



New Electronic System for CE Credit Recording and Session Evaluation Debuts at Annual Meeting

The AANA is bringing efficiency, convenience, and cutting-edge technology to the 2012 Annual Meeting with its new electronic system for managing continuing education credits and session evaluations. As of this meeting, attendees will no longer fill out a paper CE record or evaluation—the system is now entirely electronic! Read more about how this new system will work here.



AANA Upgrades Onsite Registration Process for Members

Beginning this year, AANA members who register for the Annual Meeting onsite will be able to process their own registrations by visiting one of six kiosks in the convention center near the registration pick-up area located in the Moscone West Convention Center, 1st floor Exhibit Hall Lobby. (Attendees who have pre-registered before the meeting, as well as non-members, will still check in at the pre-registration desk in this same vicinity.)

All of the necessary documents required for the meeting will be easily obtainable and printed through the online registration kiosk, including your meeting badge. All the member will need to complete in the onsite registration process is their AANA number and other basic information.

Staff will be available to assist anyone needing help, and a “Customer Concierge” will be circulating to provide direction and problem-solving intervention if needed.


Make Your Voice Heard

Be there and be part of the essential quorum as the important business of the Association is conducted at the Business Meeting on Saturday, August 4, 2012, from 1 to 4 p.m. in Moscone Center West, rooms: 3006-3012.  New this year: Four significant prizes will be awarded to randomly selected voting members present throughout the business meeting. You have to be present to win. The Business Meeting is open to AANA members only.

Members will have the opportunity to have an impact on the future of the AANA by voting on amendments to the AANA Bylaws and Standing Rules. Note: For background information on the Business Meeting, including the proposed amendments, visit the AANA Annual Business Meeting Information Page on the AANA website. (AANA member login and password required.) Please note: Lunch is on your own.

Bylaws and Resolutions Hearing to be Held Friday

The Bylaws and Resolutions Hearing will be held Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis, in Yerba Buena 9 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. If AANA members would like to review the proposed amendments to the AANA Bylaws and Standing Rules, they can be found in the July issue of the AANA NewsBulletin, or on the AANA Annual Business Meeting Information Page on the members-only side of the AANA website. (AANA member login and password is required.)

Help Save Lives at the Blood Drive

The AANA is hosting its second annual blood drive in the Moscone Center West Exhibit Hall Booth 635 on Monday, Aug. 6, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit the Blood Drive booth to make an appointment. Donors can enter for a chance to win a $100 Movie Theater Gift Certificate, and summer donors are also eligible to enter to win a $2,500 Dream Vacation Grand Prize Drawing. Please seriously consider being a donor, and thank you in advance on behalf of your community blood supply and the American Red Cross! For information about the importance of donating, read more.


AANA Wellness Activities: Taking Care of Yourself and Others

This year’s AANA Health and Wellness program activities and educational sessions will encourage attendees to help bring positive change to their communities—and the world—as well as to their own lives. Find out more about the Annual Walk/Run, educational sessions, and more here.


Help Injured Troops at This Year's Party with a Purpose

Nurse anesthetists have been the main providers of anesthesia care to U.S. military personnel on the front lines since WWI, including current conflicts in the Middle East. This year’s Party with a Purpose, to be held on Sunday, Aug. 5, will offer attendees another way to help men and women injured serving our nation—by benefiting Homes for Our Troops. Read more about this year's party.


Things to Do in San Francisco

“If you're alive, you can't be bored in San Francisco. If you're not alive, San Francisco will bring you to life.”  William Saroyan

San Francisco is filled with things and places on everyone’s “I’ve always wanted to see that” list: The Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, the Presidio, and Fisherman’s Wharf, just to name few. You can’t come to San Francisco without experiencing the sights of this unique and breathtaking city. For a list of websites to help you get started planning your excursions, read more.


Annual Meeting Community Opens

The AANA Annual Meeting Community opened on July 23, and will remain open through September 3, 2012. All members may access the community on the members side of the website, whether attending the meeting or not. Read more here.