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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 AANA 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.

Following a welcome from current Student Representative Emma Batchelder, RN, BSN, AANA Past President Larry Hornsby, CRNA, BS, will offer his perspective on evaluating job opportunities. Next on the agenda will be a presentation on understanding and preparing for the National Certification Examination by Mary Ann Krogh, CRNA, PhD, president of the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) and Timothy Muckle, PhD, director, NBCRNA Testing Services.

Meet the Candidates

Finally, attendees will have the opportunity to hear from each of the candidates (listed below) for the next student representative to the AANA Education Committee and place their vote. Visit for biographical information and photos.

  • Samantha Kam Campus, Wolford College Nurse Anesthesia Program, Naples, Fla.
  • Christopher Gill, RN, Wayne State University’s Nurse Anesthesia program, Detroit, Mich.
  • Emily Grost, RN, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing Nurse Anesthesia Program Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Leanna Lauer, RN, University of North Dakota, Nurse Anesthesia Specialization, School of Nursing, Grand Forks, N.D.
  • Casey Polk, RN, Duke University Nurse Anesthesia Program, Durham, N.C.
  • Rachel Smith, RN, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, University of North Carolina-Greensboro Nurse Anesthesia Program, Winston-Salem, N.C.
  • Nazaret Tomassian, RN, National University Fresno Nurse Anesthesia Program, Fresno, Calif.
  • Susan Torchen, RN, Crozer-Chester Medical Center/Villanova University Nurse Anesthesia Program, Upland, Pa.