Education Opportunities for Students

Student Writing Contest

Students are invited to submit an essay of no more than 1500 words, including references, on a topic pertinent to education, professional practice and development, wellness, healthcare, or health policy. The Education Committee selects the winner, who is recognized during the Student Luncheon at the Nurse Anesthesia Annual Congress. There also is an opportunity for the winning essay to be published in the AANA NewsBulletin as a Student News column. The application process opens in early 2020.

Student Excellence Award

Program administrators may nominate one student for this award annually. Nominees must show evidence of professional promise, have a record of extracurricular activities or other contributions to the college or community, and demonstrate consistent excellent performance in the clinical setting for at least two semesters. The winner is selected by the Education Committee and recognized during the Student Luncheon at the AANA Annual Congress. The nomination process opens in early 2020.

Student Representative to the Education Committee

Each year one student is elected by the students attending the AANA Annual Congress to serve as student representative to the Education Committee for one year. This student functions as an information source for students and enhances communication between the student body and the committee; writes the Student News column in the AANA NewsBulletin; and hosts the Student Luncheon and plans the Student Session at Annual Congress. The student representative participates in Education Committee meetings and conference calls. The submission process will open in early 2020.

Anesthesia College Bowl at Annual Congress

The spirited College Bowl is held annually at the AANA Annual Congress. Next year Annual Congress takes place August 14-18 in San Diego, CA.  The College Bowl will take place Monday, August 17, 2020.  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.  The application process will open in early 2020.

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

This mentoring 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.
  • The application process opens in Fall 2020.


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 and Sexual Harassment Hotline
Support, resources and referrals by trained support specialists

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