2017 Fall Leadership Academy


Join us for the AANA Fall Leadership Academy, a 2.5 day conference where you will receive expert training and tangible skills to effectively lead at any level, in all practice settings. Featuring expert speakers and six educational tracks, Fall Leadership Academy is designed for CRNAs by CRNAs. Expand your leadership skills as well as your network of colleagues.

Single day registration and post-conference workshops are also available. Register by October 3 to save up to 20%!
  • Learn to improve strategic decision-making
  • Understand evolving healthcare leadership
  • Understand importance of leadership and communication during times of rapid change
  • Resources to address your business and practice leadership needs

Preliminary Program | Schedule-at-a-Glance 

  • Up-and-Coming Leaders
  • Federal Political Directors
  • Reimbursement Specialists
  • Chief CRNAs
  • Business Owners
  • State Association Leadership 
  • Educators
AANA Foundation Advocate and Workforce Track Practice Management: Business and Facility Leadership Federal Political Director

The Foundation Advocate Track provides detailed information and advanced skills to become a Foundation Advocate. The Workforce Track provides methods and analysis to implement a Workforce Study within your state.

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This track provides foundational and advanced skills and information that contribute to successful business and facility leadership.

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This track is intended for FPDs and anyone interested in learning more about the AANA Federal Advocacy program. Learn skills for building relationships with lawmakers to promote the CRNA profession through effective advocacy.

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State Government Affairs State President-Elect State Reimbursement Specialist

As CRNAs seek full practice authority, a successful grassroots strategy can be the difference between winning and losing. This track provides a great learning opportunity for CRNAs to take grassroots efforts to the next level.

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The State President-Elect track enables participants to develop their leadership and governance skills to effectively serve in an elected position for the board of directors and provides an opportunity for networking with other state leaders.

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​This track is devoted to reimbursement issues, focusing on Medicare, Medicaid and commercial health plans, and on strategies for monitoring and effectively advocating for appropriate coverage of CRNA services in states. 

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Prepared Nurses Protect Patients: Prevention Strategies for Healthcare-Associated Infections and Emerging Infectious Diseases

Friday, November 3 | 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Speaker: Chuck Griffis, PhD CRNA

This interactive session is an in depth discussion of infectious and emerging diseases. Join expert presenters discussing the following topics:
  • An overview of the principles of disease transmission.
  • Identification of appropriate evidence-based strategies to prevent the transmission of infections to healthcare personnel, patients and their communities.
  • Identification of emerging threats and the role of public health and the healthcare community.

Included in registration.

AANA Headquarters Reception
AANA Headquarters
Friday, November  3 | 6-7:30 PM

Join us for drinks, delicious hors d'oeuvres, and an informal tour of AANA Headquarters! Shuttle busses will bring attendees to AANA in Park Ridge. All attendees are welcome.
Saturday, November 4 | 6:30 PM | Westin O'Hare
Join CRNA-PAC for a high-energy and fun-filled dueling piano event at the AANA Fall Leadership Academy. All proceeds from the event will benefit the CRNA-PAC—your voice in Washington, DC! Your ticket purchase will include heavy hors d’oeuvres and two drink tickets. Come ready to sing and dance the night away!
Ticket purchase required. CRNA - $200.00 SRNA - $125.00
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The following is an FEC required legal notification for CRNA-PAC: Gifts to political action committees are not tax deductible. Contributions to CRNA-PAC are for political purposes. All contributions to CRNA-PAC are voluntary. You may refuse to contribute without reprisal. The guidelines are merely suggestions. You are free to contribute more or less than the guidelines suggest and the association will not favor or disadvantage you by reason of the amount contributed or the decision not to contribute. Federal law requires CRNA-PAC to use its best efforts to collect and report the name, mailing address, occupation, and the name of the employer of individuals whose contributions exceed $200 in a calendar year. Each contributor must be a US Citizen. 
Post-Conference Workshop
November 5-6, 2017

Extend your stay and take advantage of our concentrated post-conference workshop, Spokesperson Training for State Association Leaders! This is an excellent opportunity to hone your media presence as a spokesperson. 

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Full Registration
Member Type
Before 10/03/17
Members Save $100!
After 10/03/17
AANA Member* $450 $550
Non-Member $550 $650
Associate Member $225 $225
Single-Day Registration

One day maximum – Please specify day

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Member $285
Non-Member $330
Post Conference Workshop Registration
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Non-Member​ $475
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To register by fax, download and complete the 2017 Fall Leadership Academy registration form. Fax to 847-692-3224.
Give back to the next generation of CRNAs. Consider sponsoring a student during the registration process and help support the future of the nurse anesthesia profession.
The Westin O’Hare
6100 N River Road
Rosemont, IL  60018
AANA has secured a special block of rooms at The Westin O’Hare Hotel for a Special Group Rate: $169 single/double (plus 14% tax)*
*Subject to availability. Reserve your hotel room before 10/15/2017 by 5:00 PM CDT to obtain special group rate.

Make your reservation today by calling 888-627-8517 and identify yourself as attending the AANA Fall Leadership Academy or reserve online!
2017 CRNA Compensation and Benefits Survey
2017 CRNA Compensation and Benefits Survey
(2016 Data, Collected April-May 2017)
This AANA report contains comprehensive data collected from the 2017 CRNA Compensation and Benefits Survey. CRNAs and employers of CRNAs will find the information contained in the 170+ page report to be of particular value.
Order your copy today. Members (login required) | Nonmembers

Bernadette Henrichs, PhD, CRNA, CCRN
Judy Thompson, MS, CRNA, APRN

Publisher, American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, 2017
582 Pages
With 169 additional pages of content the second edition of the essential resource for nurse anesthesia educators includes the latest information and best practices for understanding legal issues and reimbursment rules, fulfilling new educational requirements, writing exam questions and evaluations, incorporating simulation into your cuuriculum, encouraging research and scholarship application, promoting diversity and inclusion in health care, and avoiding burnout. 
Ira P. Gunn, Nurse Anesthetist
Jay Horowitz, BSN, CRNA, ARNP
Maura S. McAuliffe, PhD, CRNA, FAAN
Rita Rupp, MA

Publisher, American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, 2015
768 Pages

A fierce defender of the profession and the AANA, Gunn passed away in 2011 but her impact lives on—now in the pages of this important collection of articles, letters, papers, and personal correspondence. Gunn’s unique perspective as a clinician, educator, military veteran, historian, and AANA member is invaluable to all nurse anesthetists, including practicing CRNAs and students just starting their careers. She expressed herself as only she could—with passion, strength, exacting knowledge, wisdom, and humor. Included in the book is a tribute DVD of her Memorial Service at Arlington National Cemetery on April 16, 2012.

Recording waiver (Photography, Audio & Video)
Portions of this AANA meeting may be photographed or audio/video recorded for various purposes, including reporting, promotion, archival, or sale and distribution. By registering, individuals agree that the AANA may photograph or record by audio/video their attendance and involvement in any portion of the meeting. Furthermore, individuals agree that the AANA may use these photographs and/or recordings without additional approval or permission.

 Keynote Speaker

Susan Lucia Annunzio
Susan Lucia Annunzio
President and CEO
Center for High Performance
Author of “Contagious Success”

 What Your Peers Say...

The sessions are informative and they provide strategies for leadership development that can be implemented immediately into your facility.

I see it as an essential educational opportunity for any CRNA considering leadership.

It provides an opportunity to learn all the details of business, State and Government affairs, and Leadership in a much more intimate, non-overwhelming way.