On August 4-8, 2012, the nurse anesthesia community will come together in San Francisco for the AANA's 79th Annual Meeting. Read the welcome letter from AANA President-elect Janice Izlar, CRNA, DNAP, for her thoughts on the meeting and on her upcoming term as AANA president.
What to Expect This Weekend: Find out Ahead of Time Online!
The first days of the Annual Meeting are sure to be hectic and activity-packed. To help you get the most out the meeting and answer some of your questions ahead of time, here are some online resources put together for you by the AANA.
Saturday Hearing to Highlight Major Revisions to Accreditation Standards
On Saturday, Aug. 4, the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) Standards Revision Task Force will hold a “Hearing on the Major Revision to the Entry Level Doctoral Standards for Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.” Task Force members Rebecca Madsen Gombkoto, CRNA, DNP, Chair; James Walker, CRNA, DNP; Denise Martin Sheridan, CRNA, PhD; and Betty Horton, CRNA, PhD, FAAN, consultant, will conduct the hearing, which will be held directly after the Business Meeting (approximately 4 p.m.) in Moscone Center West, Room 3006-3012. Read more here.
Saturday Session Welcomes Students
The AANA welcomes student registered nurse anesthetists to the Annual Meeting by offering a full range of activities and programs to get them excited about their future profession and professional association. At the Student Session on Saturday, Aug. 4, students will learn about topics important to their future as nurse anesthetists and vote for the next student representative to the Education Committee. The session will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Moscone Center West rooms 2007/2009/2020/2022. Read more about the Student Session here.
Tweeting With Class
Twitter is a social media network, or what some call a micro-blog. Once you set up a Twitter account, you can "tweet" in 140-character posts. In spite of the small character count, a great deal can be communicated. Twitter provides an instantaneous way to convey news to members and non-members alike from the AANA Annual Meeting, August 4-8, 2012, in San Francisco.
To learn how to use Twitter, go to the Twitter website.
The AANA has made it easy to communicate what's going on at the Annual Meeting by supplying specialized hashtags for each of the sessions being held at the meeting. Those interested in what's being said in particular sessions being held at the Annual Meeting can search for the corresponding hashtag through Twitter's search function, and follow the news from the session. For more information about the Annual Meeting Twitter Initiative and a list of specialized hashtags, read more here.
Check out the AANA Foundation Annual Meeting Events and Sessions
The Annual Meeting is the perfect time for members to become acquainted with the AANA Foundation and support its efforts to advance the science of anesthesia through education and research. To that end the Foundation has a full range of sessions, events, and activities in store for Annual Meeting attendees. Read more here.
Gala Banquet Preview: Be Sure to Pick Up Your Tickets!
The Annual Meeting will come to its traditional, inspiring close at the Annual Banquet on Wednesday, August 8, 7 p.m., at the Moscone Center West, Read more here about the banquet, how and where to pick up your tickets, and banquet seating procedures.
Saturday Session Highlights
Here are some of the highlights of the Saturday General and Concurrent Sessions.