AANA Annual Congress Daily, September 16, 2014

Keynote Speaker Profiles Profession of Caring

Keynote Speaker Anna Deveare Smith brought her considerable powerhouse acting abilities to the 2014 AANA Annual Congress on Sunday. Using a series of character studies - based on people she had interviewed - Deveare Smith profiled the medical and nursing professions through the eyes of varied patients. The sketches were meant to subtly, or not so subtly, convey the proper respect and dignity healthcare professionals should see in their patients. Read More.

Today's Educational Sessions

Read on for previews of some of today’s educational offerings and the General Session on Patient Safety and Neuromuscular Blockade – A Lesson for all Practitioners.

Exhibit Hall Note: Intersurgical is in Booth 507

The booth number was listed incorrectly in the Annual Congress Program. We apologize for any confusion.

Stop by the AANA Foundation Photo Booth!

On Tuesday, September 16, from 5:30 to 11:45 p.m., the AANA Foundation will have a photo booth at the AANA Annual Banquet. The photo booth is sponsored by the David L. Jelinek Agency. For a $20 donation to the Foundation, each person in your photo group will receive a photo to commemorate the evening plus your donation will support nurse anesthesia research and education. Thank you in advance for participating! 

Student Luncheon Celebrates the Future of the Nurse Anesthesia Profession

On Monday, Sept. 15, student registered nurse anesthetists from around the country gathered for one of the signature events planned for them at the Nurse Anesthesia Annual Congress: The 2014 Student Luncheon. The event traditionally celebrates students attending the meeting as the future of the nurse anesthesia profession and encourages them to meet the challenges ahead in their careers. Read More.

Stay Informed about Nurse Anesthesia Reimbursement

One of the most important reasons CRNAs join AANA and stay as members is to support advocacy and the development of information on reimbursement of CRNA services. With so many changes taking place in the healthcare industry, getting up to speed on CRNA reimbursement becomes more essential than ever before to CRNA practice. Read More.

Sessions Videotaped for AANALearn

Were you unable to attend all the sessions at the Annual Congress that you had planned on? Or were you not able to make it down to Orlando for the convention? Rest assured, certain sessions on Monday, Sept. 15, were videotaped and will be accessible in the future through AANALearn. Read More.

Have You Reviewed the Guidelines for Critical Incident Stress Management?

The recently adopted Guidelines for Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) outline the team response to a critical incident and intervention strategies to support patients and healthcare providers with resources for C ISM program development. Review the document in its entirety here.

National Health IT Week: One Voice, One Vision

Many of us may have encountered a medical situation where a family member or loved one’s life was saved by early detection, new drugs, or a new procedure. Contrary to these more obvious technological medical advances, health IT is quietly advancing medicine. Health IT—specifically electronic health records (EHRs)—improve the quality of healthcare delivery, increase patient safety, decrease medical errors, and strengthen the interaction between patients and healthcare providers. National Health IT Week (NHIT Week), September 15-19, 2014, is a collaborative forum and virtual awareness week that assembles key healthcare constituents dedicated to working together to elevate the necessity of advancing health through the best use of information technology. With a projected 400 partners, NHIT Week brings this important cause to the forefront of the nation’s attention through local and regional events hosted by National Health IT Week Partners.

Upcoming Meetings and Workshops

Check out the educational opportunities for AANA fiscal year 2015 in the 2014-2015 Calendar of AANA Meetings and Workshops.

2015 Congress: See You in Salt Lake City!

The AANA 2015 Nurse Anesthesia Annual Congress, Aug. 29 to Sept. 1, will take place at the Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center in downtown Salt Lake City. Attendees will find no shortage of recreational opportunities surrounding the Congress. Salt Lake City boasts a wealth of cultural and historical attractions as well as outdoor activities like hiking, biking, skiing, and rock climbing. Read More.

Walk/Run Results

Congratulations to all who participated in the Tuesday morning 5K Walk/Run! Here are the top finishers:


  • Jonathan Beck: 18 minutes
  • Christian Falwar: 18:42 minutes
  • Eric Swanlund: 18:58 minutes


  • Sarah McMaster: 23:10 minutes
  • Nina Parks Taylor: 24:08 minutes
  • Lisa Nause: 24.34 minutes  


Monday Photos