On January 1, access to the AANA Journal
was made freely available to the public shortly after publication, and it was no longer available through a print subscription.
CRNAs volunteered in Haiti after the 7.3 magnitude earthquake on January 12.
On July 23, a planting ceremony was held at the AANA for a tree donated by the American Nurses Association in honor of John F. Garde, CRNA, MS, FAAN
The Council for Public Interest in Anesthesia (CPIA) was disbanded though a bylaw amendment approved at AANA Business Meeting in August and the final Public Interest in Anesthesia Award was presented.
John F. Garde, CRNA, MS, FAAN is posthumously inducted into American Nurses Association (ANA) Hall of Fame at their June meeting. He was the first CRNA inducted.
Christine Zambricki, CRNA, MS, FAAN, was hired as deputy executive director, and officially began her new role in January 2011.
AANA published Evidence Trumps Belief: Nurse Anesthetists and Evidence Based Decision Making.
On November 15, the AANA filed an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief supporting the Missouri Association of Nurse Anesthetists (MoANA) in the case of Missouri Association of Nurse Anesthetists et al. v. State Board of Registration for the Healing Arts. The brief supported MoANA’s application to the Missouri Supreme Court requesting review and reversal of the September 21, 2011, Missouri Court of Appeals decision upholding a lower court’s summary judgment in favor of the Missouri Board of Registration for the Healing Arts and against MoANA.
AANA provided written comments in support of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA’s) proposal to place propofol into Schedule IV of the Schedules of Controlled Substances.
The Sponsor-A-Student program was extended to the Assembly of School Faculty.
CRNA-PAC unveiled its new "Care to be Counted campaign," an initiative to raise $1.75 million over the 2011-2012 election cycle by supporting the federal election campaigns of candidates influential to CRNAs’ interests in federal health policy.
At its March meeting, the American Nurses Association (ANA) Board of Directors endorsed the AANA’s Position Statement 2.13 Safe Practices for Needle and Syringe Use, for a period of five years. The AANA took the opportunity to pursue endorsement within the broader nursing community in order to disseminate this best practice among the widest possible audience.
The Council on Accreditation received the Council for Higher Education Accreditation’s (CHEA) recognition
for up to 10 years, the maximum length of recognition granted by CHEA.
The AANA Summit on Anesthesia Reimbursement AANA was held in June. It examined all the ways that CRNA services are reimbursed, how they are being changed by policy and economic trends, and how the nurse anesthesia profession should prepare itself in patients’ interests.
In June, The Board of Directors adopted a new vision and mission statement, core values, and motto.
Vision Statement: AANA will be a preeminent professional association for healthcare and patient safety.
Mission Statement: AANA advances patient safety, practice excellence, and its members’ profession.
•Care for the whole patient, from a nursing perspective
•Professional excellence and personal well-being
•Healthcare policy and collaboration
•Integrity and quality in all professional and clinical settings
AANA Motto: Safe and Effective Anesthesia Care.
AANA published Let the Record Show, a compilation of Gene Blumenreich's Legal Briefs columns from the AANA Journal, in conjunction with Blumenreich's retirement as AANA general counsel.
Mark Silberman, JD, was retained as AANA's general counsel.
Mitch Tobin, JD, and Gene Blumenreich, JD, were named honorary members at the Annual Meeting. Tobin, AANA’s senior director of State Government Affairs, retired after 24 of service.
An eight-minute video
commemorating the AANA's 80th anniversary debuted at the Annual Meeting Opening Ceremonies in August, and was later posted to YouTube.
The AANA NewsBulletin changed to a bi-monthly publication schedule with the September issue. It would be published in alternating months with the AANA Journal.
The AANA named October 4 as it's first Virtual Advocacy Day and encouraged CRNAs and nurse anesthesia students to contact Congress through AANA's advocacy website, www.caretobecounted.org
The Fall Assembly of States was renamed the Fall Leadership Academy.
A new AANA website debuted on December 2 with new features, streamlined navigation, and better search functionality.
AANA published the second edition of A Professional Study and Resource Guide for the CRNA in December.