Two nurses from the anesthesia residents of The United States Army Graduate Program represented William Beaumont Army Medical Center at the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) 2022 Annual Congress on August 12-16, 2022, at the Hyatt Regency hotel in downtown Chicago, Illinois.
This year, Maj. Melissa McKinney and 1st Lt. LeeAnn Sperling from WBAMC, presented a poster on their doctoral project titled “Development of a Pediatric Pain Protocol for Musculoskeletal Injuries in the Emergency Department.” In addition to their poster, the AANA foundation chose the two residents to give an oral podium presentation on their project.
For this honor, the foundation selected only 16 of the 91 posters presented during the conference. The research from the residents will soon be implemented in the WBAMC Emergency Room, assisting clinicians in selecting appropriate therapies for treating pain from musculoskeletal injuries in pediatric patients.
“I was able to watch my residents present their research. I know how much time and effort they have put into this project, and seeing their project come to fruition was tremendously rewarding. I was very proud of them as they represented the United States Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing and the WBAMC Phase II site,” said Maj.Peter A. Shellabarger, Phase 2 Clinical Site Director, and United States Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing.
The AANA Foundation was established in 1931 and it is representing over 59,000 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and student registered nurse anesthetists nationwide. The foundation is dedicated to anesthesiology research, education, and growth. The AANA’s annual congress is the largest networking and education event in nurse anesthesiology. Nearly 3,000 CRNAs and student registered nurses assemble annually at the Annual Congress.
According to the AANA, the Annual Congress is the AANA's biggest event. It's been held since 1933. The only year it wasn't held was in 1945 due to World War II.
“This was my second time attending the Annual Congress of the AANA. The first time I presented my findings, I was a USAGPAN nurse anesthesia resident. This time as a member of the USAGPAN faculty, I saw my residents present their findings. For me, the most memorable aspect of the conference was the ability to see things come full circle,” said Shellabarger.
At the end of the event, the John F. Garde Researcher of the Year Award was given to Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Jane McCarthy by the AANA. Along with giving the award, the AANA also announced that Angela Mund, CRNA, will be the president of the AANA from 2022 to 2023.