Park Ridge, Ill. – More than 2,500 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and student registered nurse anesthetists from around the country will be in Las Vegas Aug. 10-13 for education, information, and entertainment during the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) Annual Meeting and trade show at The Mirage Hotel. Other attendees will include exhibitors, representatives from international nurse anesthesia organizations, and leaders of various U.S. healthcare professional associations.
“The AANA Annual Meeting brings together industry experts and thought leaders to impart their knowledge and experience, exchange information about best-practices, present new research data, and demonstrate new anesthesia and healthcare products and services,” said Janice Izlar, CRNA, DNAP, president of the 46,000 member association. “As the nation’s healthcare consumers demand access to higher quality and more cost-effective services, nurse anesthetists must remain abreast of current trends, research, and developments in our profession. The AANA Annual Meeting is one event that helps CRNAs accomplish this goal.”
As advanced practice registered nurses who administer approximately 34 million anesthetics to patients each year, CRNAs attending the Annual Meeting will expand their knowledge-base and polish their skills in hands-on workshops and general sessions on wide range of topics including “The Role of the CRNA in 21st Century Pain Management,” “Anesthesia Considerations for Fetal Surgery,” “Making Our Patients Safer in the OR: It’s All about Feedback,” and “Understanding Malignant Hyperthermia: Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention.”
In addition to the educational components of the meeting, the keynote presenter will be military veteran turned motivational speaker J.R. Martinez. Other entertainment will be provided by Saturday Night Live’s Kenan Thompson who will host the AANA Foundation’s talent show fundraiser, and Beatles tribute band The Fab Four, who will perform during the opening ceremonies.
“In addition to advancing our professional abilities, the Annual Meeting serves as the perfect opportunity for nurse anesthetists from around the country to enjoy the camaraderie of their colleagues,” said Izlar.
A critical component of any surgical team, nurse anesthetists have been providing safe anesthesia care for more than 150 years and have been the main anesthesia provider to enlisted men and women and their officers in all branches of the military since WWI. The credential CRNA came into existence in 1956. Chances are if you, a friend, or a loved one has undergone a procedure—from open heart surgery to the birth of a child—the anesthesia was administered by a CRNA.