Education Opportunities for Educators

Student Excellence Award

Program administrators may nominate one student annually. The winner is selected by the Education Committee and recognized during the Student Luncheon at the AANA Annual Congress.

The award will be presented to a student in good academic standing who demonstrates outstanding leadership and professionalism during their nurse anesthesia program, participates in activities that foster a positive public image of nursing, participates in activities that foster high quality health care to consumers, or engages in volunteer activities of community service or support of health care.  Eligible students are individuals who are still a student as of the nomination due date, regardless of their graduation date.

Defining characteristics of nominees include:

  • Evidence of professional promise
  • Record of extracurricular activities or other contributions to the college or community
  • Consistent excellent performance in the clinical setting for at least two semesters

The student must be nominated by the program administrator or the program administrator’s faculty designee.

  • Submission must be a narrative of no more than 1,000 words.
  • The narrative should provide specific details on how the student demonstrates excellence in leadership, scholarship, service, or a related area.
  • Nominations are due April 22nd. E-mail your nomination on program letterhead to

Anesthesia College Bowl and CRNA Challenge Team

The very lively College Bowl is held annually at the AANA Annual Congress. This year it takes place on August 12 in Chicago, IL. Six teams of students play each other, answering questions about anesthesia that have been submitted by nurse anesthesia program directors. The winning student team faces off against a team of six CRNAs to determine the ultimate winner of the College Bowl.

  • Program directors may submit up to two students to participate and also must submit seven questions for the game. Nominations are submitted by completing the application survey.
  • Didactic and clinical faculty sign up for the CRNA Challenge Team to take on the students, who are tough competitors!
  • Applications for both students and CRNAs are due May 6th.

Student Mentoring Program at Assembly of Didactic and Clinical Educators (ADCE)

This program consists of a one-day mentoring experience at the February Assembly of Didactic and Clinical Educators for students who are interested in becoming nurse anesthesia educators. Students are mentored by experienced CRNA educators other than their own faculty.

  • Only one student who has been recommended by their program director is accepted from each nurse anesthesia program.
  • Volunteers are needed to serve as mentors , and are paired with a student who is not enrolled in their program.
  • The application process opens in Fall 2019.

Delegate to the Education Committee

There are two delegates to the committee who each serve two-year terms. One delegate is elected every year at the Assembly of Didactic and Clinical Educators in February. Delegates must be CRNAs who spend at least 50% of their time in the didactic and/or clinical instruction of nurse anesthesia students at the time of application.  During their tenure on the committee, they must:

  • Be continuously involved in the didactic and/or clinical instruction of nurse anesthesia students.
  • Attend the February Assembly of Didactic and Clinical Educators and AANA Annual Congress during both years of their term.
  • Attend Education Committee meetings and conference calls for the two-year term which begins immediately following the AANA Annual Congress in the year elected.
  • The application process opens in Fall 2019.

Assembly of Didactic and Clinical Educators Abstract Process

The abstract submission process for the Assembly of Didactic and Clinical Educators is closed.  The process will reopen in March 2020 for the 2021 ADCE.

Getting Help

AANA Peer Assistance Helpline for drugs/alcohol concerns
24/7 confidential live support and resources for CRNAs/SRNAs

AFSP Suicide Hotline
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Hotline

RAINN National Sexual Assault Hotline
Support, resources and referrals by trained support specialists

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