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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Boulders Can Be Blessings: Aron Ralston Delivers Moving Keynote Speech


“Boulders can be blessings,” Aron Lee Ralston told a rapt AANA Annual Meeting audience. The profound, emotional story of how he came to that realization made for a compelling Keynote Session speech titled “Between a Rock and a Hard Place,” on Sunday, Aug. 6 in San Francisco. Read more here.

Sunday/Monday Highlights in Pictures

Visit our Sunday/Monday Picture Page for highlights of Sunday afternoon and Monday Annual Meeting Sessions and events. 

Students Gather for Annual Luncheon

On Monday, Aug. 6, student registered nurse anesthetists gathered for one of the main Annual Meeting events planned for them: The Student Luncheon. Read more about the luncheon here.


Congratulations to New Education Committee Student Representative

Emily Grost, RN, BSN, from the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing Nurse Anesthesia Program, has been elected the fiscal year 2013 student representative to the Education Committee. 

A native of Texas, Grost earned  BSN degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 2006. She moved to San Diego, Calif., after graduation, where she worked at UCSD in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and later in the Adult Intensive Care Unit. While working as a nurse, she was a member of the local and national nurses’ associations for each specialty. In addition, Grost was the fundraising chair for the Southern California Association of Neonatal Nurses and later was a member of the ICU Education Committee that created monthly educational in-services for the staff.   

Grost currently attends the University of Pittsburgh, class of fall 2013, where she is an active member of their mentorship programs. 

Annual Meeting ”Rocks On" at Party with a Purpose

Annual Meeting attendees “rocked on” at the Annual Party with a Purpose, held on Sunday night, August 5, in the Moscone Center, San Francisco.
Each year, the AANA partners with Baxter Healthcare to raise proceeds for a charitable organization in the host city of its Annual Meeting.  In years past, “Party with a Purpose” has generated thousands of dollars and scores of donated items for previously selected charities in other cities. For the second year in a row, the party benefited Homes for our Troops. Read more about the party and Homes for our Troops here.

Big Turnout and Beautiful Day for Wellness Walk/Run

On Monday, Aug. 6, more than 400 CRNAs, student registered nurse anesthetists, family members, and friends participated in the Seventh Annual Wellness Walk/Run. Walkers and runners enjoyed a spectacular morning, and thrilled to views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz, and Sausalito.

AANA Wellness Specialist Julie Rice, BA, said that the organizers wish to thank “CNA for their generous sponsorship, the 20-plus volunteers for making this possible, San Francisco for the bayside venue, and the participants for having a great time.” 

Of course, all participants are winners, but here are the top three men and women finishers:


  1. Priscilla Shaw 21:26 minutes
  2. Tiffany Dodson 21:42 minutes
  3. Natalie Shields 22:30 minutes
  1. Jud Elliott 18:28 minutes
  2. Bradly Green 19:08 minutes
  3. Matt Watson 19:31 minutes

Wednesday Morning Concurrent Session Preview

Concurrent sessions on Pharmacology, Improving Quality in Anesthesia, Current Hot Topics, Pediatrics, and Diversity and Inclusion will be held on Wednesday morning, Aug. 8, in the Moscone West Convention Center. Read more here.

Wednesday Afternoon Concurrent Session Preview 

Wednesday afternoon concurrent sessions will cover a range of topics related to Pharmacology, Improving Quality in Anesthesia, Current Hot Topics, Pediatrics, and Educators. Read more here.

Are You Ready for the Banquet?

The Annual Meeting will come to its traditional, inspiring close at the Annual Banquet on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 7 p.m., at the Moscone Center West, Rooms 3006-3012. A Pre-Banquet Reception (cash bar) will be held in the Moscone Center West Third Floor Foyer at 6 p.m. Seating for the banquet will begin at 6:30. Read more about the Banquet here.


Upcoming AANA Continuing Education Programs

Read on here for a listing of fall AANA continuing education workshops. For program and registration information for these and other AANA workshops and assemblies, see the September issue of the AANA NewsBulletin and visit the Meetings section of the AANA website.


See You Next Year--In Vegas!

The AANA will hold the 2013 Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, Nev., on Aug. 10-13. Watch the AANA NewsBulletin, Anesthesia E-ssential, and the Meetings section of the AANA website for details. 




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