Preissue 2 - August 5, 2013

With five days left before Annual Meeting, countdown excitement is in full swing! To prepare you for Las Vegas, read the welcome letter from AANA President-elect Dennis Bless, CRNA, MS.

J.R. Martinez - Leaving a Positive Stamp on the World

J.R. Martinez has faced more than his share of
challenges. Serving in Iraq in 2003 with the U.S. Army, his Humvee hit a roadside bomb, ejecting the other three soldiers and trapping Martinez under the burning vehicle. He spent 34 months recovering from the accident, undergoing 33 surgeries in attempts to heal the burns on nearly half his body. In his early 20s at the time, Martinez decided to use his life-changing experience to improve the lives of others. He began visiting other burn patients, listening to their stories and sharing his experiences. He expanded his scope and speaks to groups around the country about the power of setting goals and positive attitudes, and it’s in this capacity that he’ll deliver the AANA Annual Meeting Keynote Address. Read AANA's interview with Martinez here.

Check out the New Foundation Video and Vote Early and Often for Your Favorites!

On Monday, Aug. 12, the AANA Foundation will roll out the red carpet and raise the curtain for its fundraiser "Vegas—The Stars Come Out at Night." Even if you can't attend the event, this new video shows how you can still be part of the fun and help the Foundation by voting for your favorite performers online at $1 a vote. Your vote is a tax-deductible donation and will support important nurse anesthesia research and education. Still want to attend the event? A limited number of the tickets, which cost $225, are still available. Contact the AANA Foundation at (847) 655-1170 with inquiries.

Do You Have Your Ticket to Join the CRNA-PAC’s “Retro Rat Pack”?

Time is running short to get your ticket to the CRNA-PAC’s Retro Rat Pack event at the AANA Annual Meeting, to be held at the world-famous Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health on Saturday, Aug. 10, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Starting from our convention hotel, guests will be transported a short drive off the Vegas strip and back to a different decade as the CRNA-PAC celebrates with a reception and silent auction. Click here for more event information.

Check Out the Foundation Events and Activities

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. We invite you to a full range of sessions, events, and activities. Learn more.

Is this Your First Annual Meeting?

Then don't miss the First-Timers Session on Friday, Aug. 9, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Bermuda Ballroom. You'll learn how to get the most out of your first Annual Meeting and gain insight into the AANA from speakers representing different areas of the Association. Sponsored by the AANA Public Relations Committee, this high-energy, fun, and interactive event also features trivia questions and prizes. 

Saturday Sessions Welcome Students

The AANA welcomes student registered nurse anesthetists (SRNAs) to the Annual Meeting by offering a full range of activities and programs to get them excited about their future profession and professional association. Two sessions will address the specific concerns of SRNAs on Saturday, Aug. 10. Read the full schedule.

Still Want to Attend the Annual Meeting? Register Onsite!

Pre-registration is now closed, but it's not too late to take a road trip to Las Vegas and take part in the Annual Meeting. Just come to the Mirage, 3400 Las Vegas Blvd. South, and register onsite. Onsite Registration is located in the Mirage Rotunda and open the following hours:
  • Friday, August 9: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 10: 6 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, August 11: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Monday, August 12: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 13: 7 a.m. – 12 p.m.

The Professional Practice Manual Gets a Contemporary Look

The design of the Professional Practice Manual for the Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist has been updated to give the manual a contemporary look. Each document housed in the manual has undergone reformatting to a concise, easy-to-read layout. View the updated manual at the Health & Wellness/Professional Practice booth in the AANA Pavilion/Exhibit Hall.
Read more.

Golf Outing at Las Vegas Country Club Aug. 14

Even though an official golf outing isn’t planned for the 2013 Annual Meeting, a group of hole-in-one-minded nurse anesthetists organized a CRNA golf outing in Las Vegas. The event will tee off with an 8 a.m. shotgun start at the Las Vegas Country Club Aug. 14. The group will leave The Mirage at 6:30 a.m. The cost is $225, with food, drinks, and transportation included. Get the details here.

Preview of Annual Meeting Saturday Morning General Sessions

The two General Sessions on Saturday, Aug. 10, in Mirage Events Center C, will help CRNAs broaden their understanding of their patients. Both are worth 1 CE credit. Read more about them.

Preview of Saturday Concurrent Sessions

Saturday afternoon concurrent sessions will deal with a diverse array of topics, from different medicines to the future of CRNA care. All sessions will take place from 1 to 5:30 p.m. in the Mirage Events Center and each block is worth 4 CE credits. See the full lineup here.

Preview of Saturday New Speakers and Hot Topics

​A veritable smorgasbord of anesthesia-related topics will be presented at the New Speakers and Hot Topics session, ending at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday in the Montego Ballroom. Read about all the topics.

Hearing and Focus Session on Draft Standards to be Held at Annual Meeting

The AANA Education Committee and the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) invite you to participate in a hearing on Saturday, Aug. 10, and a focus session on Sunday, Aug. 11, on the second drafts of the Practice Doctorate Standards for Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Programs and the Standards for Accreditation of Post-Graduate Fellowships. Read on for the details.