AANA 2015 Nurse Anesthesia Annual Congress


 More Educational and Networking Opportunities Than Ever Before

Join us in Salt Lake City for the 2015 AANA Nurse Anesthesia Annual Congress and enjoy all the benefits of our largest meeting of CRNAs and SRNAs.
Learn more about #AANA2015 and see what Salt Lake City has to offer from our President Sharon Pearce.
Come for the Education
The 2015 Nurse Anesthesia Annual Congress will offer more education and more opportunities to earn up to 26 CE credits. New this year, educational tracks will help you identify sessions relevant to your specialty and interests, including: The Essentials, Clinical, Practice Management, Research in Action, History and Archives, Health and Wellness, and Special Interest. Learn More
Stay for the Experience
If you’ve never experienced beautiful, historic Salt Lake City, you’re in for a wonderful surprise: It boasts an amazing variety of attractions, as well as world-class dining and entertainment. Explore Salt Lake City and its surrounding areas with your colleagues through one of our exclusive pre- and post-conference tours exclusively of Annual Congress attendees and guests. Learn More

 Educational Highlights

2015 Keynote Speaker | Simon Sinek
Leaders Eat Last
Saturday | August 29
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Described as “a visionary thinker with a rare intellect,” Simon Sinek teaches leaders and organizations how to inspire people. With a goal to help build a world in which the vast majority of people go home every day feeling fulfilled by their work, Mr. Sinek is leading a movement to inspire people to do the things that inspire them.

He is the author of two books, Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action and Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t. Mr. Sinek is perhaps best known for popularizing the concept of “Why” and for the talk he gave on the subject that became the second-most-watched talk of all time on TED.com. He has met and consulted with an array of leaders and organizations, including 3M, Disney, KPMG, Pfizer, NBC/Universal, jetBlue, the U.S. military, multiple government agencies, and entrepreneurs.  Come join us—learn how to apply Mr. Sinek’s principles to your career.
Jan Stewart Memorial Wellness Lecture
William B. Baun, EPD, CWP, FAWHP
Sunday | August 30
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Empowering Calm Through Engaged Resilience, presented by William B. Baun, EPD, CWP, FAWHP, familiarizes members with engaged resilience, imparts techniques to broaden resilience capacity, and presents skills to bring immediate calmness to stressful nurse anesthesia practices. Mr. Baun, a wellness and health leader with over 35 years of experience, is the wellness officer at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. A must-see for all anesthetists who place high value on personal investment to maintain professional success!
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Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation: OR Fire Safety Symposium
Monday | August 31
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The mission of the APSF is to improve the safety of patients during anesthesia care by encouraging research and education; patient safety programs and campaigns; and national and international exchange of ideas. It is because of its commitment to patient safety that the AANA has once again partnered with the APSF to present this session of importance to all practicing CRNAs: Operating Room Fire Safety. The presenters will describe the risk of operating room fires. They will also discuss the team approach to fire prevention in the OR.
Goal Directed Fluid Therapy and Enhanced Recovery Symposium
Maria Hirsch, CRNA, DNAP
Josh D. Magnuson, CRNA
Charles A. Vacchiano, CRNA, PhD, FAAN
Tuesday | September 1
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.​
Hemodynamic optimization through perioperative goal-directed therapy (PGDT) may help avoid a number of the most common preventable post-surgical complications. A large body of clinical evidence demonstrates hemodynamic optimization through PGDT in moderate- to high-risk surgery has been shown to reduce post-surgical complications, including acute kidney injury (AKI), urinary tract infection (UTI), surgical site infection (SSI), pneumonia, major/minor GI complication, hospital length of stay, and it may improve your patients’ postoperative recovery. Lunch provided.
Supported by an unrestricted grant by Edwards LifeScience
AANA Journal Writing Course
Chuck Biddle, CRNA, PhD
Tuesday | September 1
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Have you ever wondered what it takes to get an article published in the AANA Journal?  If so, this session is for you. Presented by Chuck Biddle, CRNA, PhD, editor in chief, and associate editors, this session will describe the IMRAD (Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion) model of general scientific writing, discuss the peer review process, and identify the importance of writing to your intended audience. The speakers will also address frequent problems associated with manuscript submissions, conflict of interest, and misconduct.
Come for the Education & Earn up to 26 CE Credits
The Nurse Anesthesia Annual Congress of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists is designed to provide a variety of educational topics that will develop the maximum effectiveness of CRNAs in their roles as healthcare providers in diverse settings across the nation.

1.  Provide an organized learning experience that augments the knowledge and skills of the CRNA in various settings.
2. Serve as a forum where research pertinent to the specialty of nurse anesthesia can be presented.
3. Familiarize nurse anesthetists with the latest medical equipment, technology, and pharmacological products.
4. Provide AANA members with an opportunity to participate in the business of the AANA.
5. Facilitate interaction and networking between participants on a professional and social level.
Needs Assessment and Target Audience
The AANA Program Committee has reviewed program evaluations and other feedback from the AANA membership to identify the issues that affect nurse anesthesia practice.  The topics are determined based on overall member surveys, national trends and issues, and gaps in knowledge to further develop the professional practice of CRNAs.  The education activities were developed to meet the needs of CRNAs, student registered nurse anesthetists, and other healthcare providers with an interest in the topics.
Accreditation Statements
The 2015 Nurse Anesthesia Annual Congress has been prior approved by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists for a maximum of 26 (CE) credits; AANA Code Number 1030986; Expiration date 09/01/2015.
The AANA designates the Pharmacology lectures as meeting the criteria for 3 CE credits in Pharmacology/Therapeutics.
The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #10862, for 26 Contact Hours.
This educational activity is being presented without bias or conflict of interest from the planners and the presenters.

 Final Program



“My favorite, never miss session is the keynote speaker. AANA has always delivered great keynote speakers. The benefits for me attending include great lectures providing not only CEUs but actual knowledge on subjects and interacting with CRNAs from all of the U.S. and creating connections that last a long time.” - Ellen Kraus Schaffer, CRNA, MA, Spokane, Wash.
“The Nurse Anesthesia Annual Congress is the preeminent meeting for which the latest evidence based and clinical research is unveiled as well as the latest techniques and trends in the field of anesthesia. Patients expect current techniques and only the best anesthesia care and this meeting helps to ensure that my patients are completely satisfied. The Congress also presents me a fantastic opportunity to network with fellow CRNA colleagues from many regions. These friendships and relationships that are made at these meetings may be your next job.” – Mark Haffey, CRNA, MSN, APN, Vanderbilt University Medical Center