Timeline of AANA History, 1990s

1990
The AANA Federal Government Affairs office opened in Washington, D.C.
 
The Certification Examination began to use graphics.
 
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Study of Nurse Anesthetist Manpower Needs was published.
 
A voice mail system was installed at the executive office.
 
The new brochure Why You Should Become a Nurse Anesthesia Educator, a joint venture between the Education Committee and the Council for Public Interest in Anesthesia, was published.
 
Watchful Care: A History of America's Nurse Anesthetists received a Golden Trumpet Award from the Publicity Club of Chicago.
 
AANA members served in the Persian Gulf in Operation Desert Shield and later in Operation Desert Storm.
 
Anesthesia Quality Plus newsletter debuted as an insert in the AANA NewsBulletin and ran through 1993.
 
The National Defense Authorization Act for 1990-91 authorized the first incentive special pay (ISP) for nurse anesthetists.
 
The AANA Education and Research Foundation Building Campaign Fund began. Over $600,000 raised was used to purchase and equip the Learning Center at the Executive Office.
 
The Sponsor-A-Student program was implemented at the Annual Meeting.

1991
The Public Interest in Anesthesia Award was first presented to William New, Jr., MD.
 
Caring Unmasked: Meet Your Nurse Anesthetist, a videotape, was produced.
 
Latex allergy was first mentioned in the AANA NewsBulletin.
 
The following patient education brochures were published 
  • Anesthesia Options for Labor and Delivery: What Every Expectant Mother Should Know
  • Before Anesthesia: Your Active Role Makes a Difference
  • After Anesthesia: Your Active Role Assists Your Recovery
The following informational brochures were published
  • Focus on Your Future
  • Nurse Anesthesia and the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
  • Stand Up and Be Counted
Resources Directory for Volunteer Anesthesia Overseas was published by the Council for Public Interest in Anesthesia.
 
The Self-Evaluation Examination (SEE) was offered for the first time by the Council on Certification to help prepare students for the Certification Examination.
 
The first Student Writing Contest was held.
 
Anesthesia Quality Plus held the first Anesthesia Business and Quality Management Workshop in Las Vegas.
 
The first CRNA-PAC auction raised $11,000.
 
The AANA Education and Research Foundation’s first Leadership Conference was held; it ran through 1997.
 
The executive office began to recycle white office paper.
 
The first article on latex allergy was published in the AANA Journal.
 
Postanesthesia Care Standards for the CRNA were adopted.
 
The following doucments were published
  • Documenting the Standard of Care: The Anesthesia Record
  • Informed Consent in Anesthesia
  • Guidelines for Obstetrical Anesthesia and Conduction Analgesia for the Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist
1992
The AANA purchased the building at 222 South Prospect Ave. in Park Ridge, Ill., in December.
 
The last regular column by the executive director appeared in the April AANA NewsBulletin. The column was first written by Florence McQuillen in 1948.
 
The patient monitoring and evaluation standard was revised to include end-tidal CO2 monitors.
 
Anesthesia Options for Labor and Delivery: What Every Expectant Mother Should Know was translated into Spanish and became the AANA’s first non-English brochure.
 
The AANA approved sponsorship of Nurse Anesthesia Overseas, a subdivision of Anesthesia Overseas within Health Volunteers Overseas.
 
Members voted to notify candidates of their election results within 10 days of close of voting; previously election results were announced at the Business Meeting.
 
Management of Waste Anesthesia Gases and Infection Control Guide were published. 
 
The videotape Waste Anesthesia Gases: Strategies for the Anesthesia Workplace was produced.
 
The Practice Department surveyed CRNAs on managed care arrangements.
 
The Program Director of the Year Award was first presented to Sandra Kilde, CRNA, EdD.

The first Didactic Instructor of the Year Award was presented to Frank Tornetta, MD, PhD.

The first Clinical Instructor of the Year Award was presented to Raymond Jung, CRNA, MA.

The first National Health Care Leadership Award was presented to Senator Thomas Daschle (D-SD).
 
Membership passed 25,000.
 
1993
The new executive office building was dedicated during the Spring Assembly of States.
 
The first university-affiliated management workshop took place: AANA/Kellogg Graduate School of Management’s Management Development Program.
 
The following books were published:
Clinical Techniques of Regional Anesthesia: Upper Extremity Blocks
Clinical Techniques of Regional Anesthesia: Spinal and Epidural Blocks
Professional Aspects of Nurse Anesthesia Practice
 
The first workshop held in the AANA Foundation Learning Center in June was also the first Epidural and Spinal Anesthesia Workshop.
 
The Latex Allergy Protocol was adopted.
 
The PR campaign CRNAs Caring for America was launched.
 
The AANA became a specialty nursing organizational affiliate of the American Nurses Association.
 
The AANA participated in the Vietnam Women’s Memorial Project dedication ceremony.
 
The Occupational Safety and Hazard Committee was formed, continuing the work of the Infection and Environmental Control Task Force.
 
The AANA subsidiary Prospect Travel, a travel agency used by the membership as well as the general public, was established.
 
The Nurse Anesthesia Profession and Contemporary Practice “white paper” was published.
 
The AANA Healthcare Experts Panel held its first meeting.
 
Anesthesia Pioneers, a group of retired but involved nurse anesthetists, held their first meeting at the Annual Meeting.
 
The President’s Hotline was established.
 
The AANA Education and Research Foundation’s Student Scholarship Program was introduced.
 
The AANA Education and Research Foundation’s Capital Campaign for Education began and raised over $53,000 in two years.
 
The first annual staff picnic was held.
 
1994
The AANA Archives collections were made available to approved researchers.
 
The Council on Accreditation was awarded its first grant in the amount of $340,000 by the U.S. Department of Education.
 
The first AANA Journal Invitational Fellowship Program: Writing for Scientific Clarity was held.
 
The Business of Anesthesia: Practice Options for Nurse Anesthetists and Practice Management in Changing Environments: A Resource for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists was published.
 
Email was introduced in the Executive Office for communication between Board members and staff department directors.
 
The following position statements were adopted 
  • Position Statement 2.11 Pain Management
  • Position Statement 4.1 Considerations for Development of an Anesthesia Department Policy on Do-Not-Resuscitate Orders
The first AANA Foundation raffle was held at the Assembly of School Faculty.
 
1995
The Credit and Transcript Automated Communication System (C-TACS) was introduced to members at the Fall Assembly of States.
 
The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs received its first major external grant, “Nurse Anesthesia Educational Requirements and Mobility Between North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Countries,” funded by the U.S. Department of Education.
 
The Ask Me About Anesthesia national public relations campaign was launched; it included 30-second TV and radio spots, print ads, and the CRNAs Answer Your Questions brochure. The campaign won two awards.
 
The AANA Archives was dedicated.
 
Guidelines for Expert Witnesses was adopted.
 
The Administrative Management Committee was formed.
 
The AANA Education and Research Foundation’s name was changed to the AANA Foundation.
 
A plaque honoring Agatha Hodgins and the founding of the AANA was dedicated at University Hospitals of Cleveland.
 
The AANA Foundation held the first Clinical Research Scholars Program; the two-year program ran through 1998.
 
The AANA Foundation Tribute Program was started.
 
1996
The Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists administered the certification examination for the first time using computerized adaptive testing instead of pencil and paper.
 
The AANA website went online.
 
The C-TACS was made available through the AANA website.
 
The Spring Assembly of States and the Government Relations Workshop were combined. In 1997 the meeting was renamed the Mid-Year Assembly.
 
The 50th anniversary of the Assembly of School Faculty was celebrated.
 
The first anesthesia simulator was used at the Annual Meeting.
 
The first AANA Media Award was presented to Fred Rothenberg of Dateline NBC.
 
The AANA Foundation’s first closed claims analysis was completed.
 
The AANA Foundation’s Annual Giving Campaign was launched.
 
The AANA provided financial support for a workshop for those who helped the Oklahoma City bombing victims. The workshop honored the healthcare personnel involved in the rescue, provided coping strategies, and promoted healing. 
 
The CRNA Talk discussion group was launched on the AANA website.
 
The state associations named federal political directors as part of a grassroots lobbying system.
 
A local area (computer) network (LAN) was installed in the Park Ridge and DC offices.
 
The Task Force on Doctoral Education was formed.
 
The following position statements were adopted
  • Position Statement 1.9 Nurse Anesthetists and Anesthesiologists Working Together
  • Position Statement 4.2 Consideration for Policy Guidelines for Registered Nurses Engaged in the Administration of Conscious Sedation
1997
Position statement 2.2 Practice Statement on Office-Based Anesthesia was adopted.
 
Guidelines for Office-Based Anesthesia for CRNAs was adopted.
 
The new phone systems installed in the Park Ridge and D.C. offices utilized state-of-the-art ISDN and T-1 technologies.
 
The AANA Foundation began to sponsor a mentoring program pairing CRNA doctoral students with CRNAs holding doctoral degrees.
 
The New Program Directors Orientation Workshop was held for the first time at the executive office; it was sponsored by the Council on Accreditation, Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists, and Education Committee. 
 
The AANA was represented at the dedication of the Women in Military Service for America Memorial in Arlington, Va. AANA was also an early donor to the project.
 
The first CRNA-PAC boat cruise fundraiser was held.

The Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services released a proposed rule to defer to the states on physician supervision of CRNAs for Medicare cases, and the AANA made this its top legislative priority.
 
The Obstetrical Anesthesia public relations campaign was rolled out.
 
The C-TACS introduced the option to receive a printed transcript by fax or mail. 
 
1998
“Rest Assured” print ads, developed in response to the proposed rule to defer supervision to the states, began running in major newspapers in February.
 
The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs required that all programs be at the graduate level—that is, awarding at least a master’s degree—by October 1.
 
The Clinical Anesthesia Practitioner Award was renamed the Alice Magaw Outstanding Clinical Practitioner Award effective with the 1999 award.
 
The AANA subsidiary Anesthesia Professional Liability Services changed its name to AANA Insurance Services.
 
The Quality Review in Anesthesia debuted as an insert in the AANA NewsBulletin.
 
The first AANA Foundation Golf Tournament was held during the Annual Meeting.
 
A booklet titled Routes to External Funding for New and Established Educational Programs was published. 
 
Guidelines for the Management of the Obstetrical Patient for the CRNA were adopted and went into effect on Jan 1, 1999.
 
The AANA Foundation awarded the first Research Scholar Grant.
 
1999
The Standards for Office Based Anesthesia Practice were adopted.
 
Fortune magazine listed the AANA as one of the most powerful lobbying organizations, in 101st place.
 
The AANA website was redesigned.
 
Print ads appeared in Washington, D.C. periodicals as the supervision debate heated up.
 
The AANA NewsBulletin was redesigned and the July/August issue was the first to be entirely designed and formatted in-house on a Macintosh system; the redesign won a 2002 APEX Award for Publication Excellence in the “Most Improved Newsletters” category.
 
The NewsBriefs column was added to the AANA NewsBulletin.
 
Y2K articles appeared in the AANA NewsBulletin.
 
The videotapes titled Nurse Anesthetists, Politically Speaking and The Best Kept Secret in Healthcare: Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists were produced.
 
The AANA ranked second in lobbying expenditures among healthcare professional organizations according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
 
The AANA Foundation’s Friends for Life Donor wall in the Park Ridge executive office was unveiled during the Fall Assembly of States.
 
The Pain Management patient education campaign was rolled out.
 
The Student Mentoring Program, run by the Public Relations Committee, debuted at the Annual Meeting; student nurse anesthetists were paired with experienced CRNAs.
 
 
 
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