The AANA Welcomes You!
By Dennis C. Bless, CRNA, MS
On behalf of the nearly 47,000 members of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA), I would like to welcome you to the nurse anesthesia profession. As student nurse anesthetists, you have begun a journey that will culminate in the opportunity to join one of the most respected, vital professions in America.
One of our most remarkable accomplishments has been the simultaneous growth of our profession and our association. Because they are so closely linked, it is hard to imagine the success of one without the other. As a student and future CRNA, each of you has the obligation to advocate for the profession.
There are numerous ways to get involved within your state association. Volunteer to become involved on a committee or as the student representative. Attend your state association’s educational and professional meetings. These opportunities provide you with the ability to network with other student nurse anesthetists and CRNAs.
You will also have the opportunity to support the AANA through active participation in professional activities at the national level. Students serve on the following AANA committees: Education, Practice, Public Relations, Health and Wellness and CRNA-PAC, as well as the AANA Foundation and Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs. The following offerings are available to enhance your professional growth: poster presentations, publishing opportunities and mentoring programs.
Volunteer to promote the profession during “National Nurse Anesthetist’s Week.” The AANA Public Relations committee chooses the most outstanding campaigns and recognizes the winners at the Annual Congress. Students often win this contest.
I highly encourage you to take the opportunity to attend as many AANA meetings as you possibly can during your time as a student. It is my firm belief that you will learn a great deal about your professional association while making lifelong friends at the same time. Four key meetings
will occur during the next year and student nurse anesthetists are welcome at all of them:
- Fall Leadership Academy: November 8-10, 2013, Miami, Fla.
- Assembly of School Faculty: February 18-20, 2014, San Diego, Calif.
- Mid-Year Assembly: April 6-9, 2014, Arlington, Va.
- Nurse Anesthesia Annual Congress: September 13-16, 2014, Orlando, Fla.
Linda Williams, CRNA, JD, past president of the AANA, coined the now familiar phrase, “Students are 10 percent of our membership, but 100 percent of our future.” Leaders at the state and national level value your input as we shape our organization for the future. We need your help to continually revitalize the AANA membership through your boundless enthusiasm and fresh clinical and political perspectives.
I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible this coming year.
With Warmest Regards,
Dennis C. Bless, CRNA, MS
AANA President 2013-2014