Professional Development

The MS in Nurse Anesthesia Program is committed to providing service to the University, the community, the profession and the nation. Faculty and NA residents become members of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) and the Missouri Association of Nurse Anesthetists (MOANA). The program shows support by attending AANA and MOANA meetings, attending MOANA's Lobby Day in Jefferson City and participating in an annual University service day. Our students are encouraged to serve in leadership roles within a variety of communities and organizations.

American Association of Nurse Anesthetists

Students and faculty members attend the annual meeting of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA). The five-day conference is a great opportunity to gain insight and knowledge from leaders and innovators in the field of anesthesia. This conference combines clinical educational opportunities with informational sessions regarding patient safety, wellness, legislative issues and the business of the national organization.

Missouri Association of Nurse Anesthetists

As part of the educational experience at Webster, not only are students afforded the opportunity to participate in activities associated with the national organization, the AANA, they are also required to attend the fall and spring state association meetings.  As associate members of the Missouri Association of Nurse Anesthetists, MOANA, students are able to run for student offices within the organization and serve as the student representative on various committees.  The program feels that opportunities such as these encourage a sense of responsibility to contribute to the profession and play a vital role in the professional development of a future CRNA. 

Lobby Day

Many nurse anesthetists play an active role in influencing state and federal legislation concerning patient safety, accessibility to anesthesia services, nurse anesthesia education and reimbursement issues.  Every February, MoANA sponsors a day to meet with state legislators at the capitol building in Jefferson City.  This function, Lobby Day, is an opportunity for CRNAs to meet with their legislators and discuss issues vital to the profession of nurse anesthesia in the state of Missouri.  Students play a key role in contacting and educating key members of the Missouri congress about proposed legislation affecting the practice of nurse anesthesia.  It is a wonderful opportunity to get involved at the grassroots level and make a difference.

Other Meetings

In addition to required yearly attendance at the AANA annual meeting, there are other opportunities to participate on the national level.  There are three other meetings offered by the AANA on a yearly basis.  The Assembly of School faculty is a meeting held in February of every year that offers informational sessions for nurse anesthesia educators and program directors.  This is an opportunity to meet other educators and share ideas.  Students having an interest in pursuing a career as a nurse anesthesia educator are afforded the opportunity to attend this meeting. 

Every April, the Mid Year Assembly is held in Washington DC.  This meeting is very similar to the lobby day event held at the state level.  CRNAs who attend this meeting are educated on the current or proposed federal legislation that has the potential to affect nurse anesthesia practice.  Students with desire to influence policy decisions are encouraged to attend this meeting.  The result of attendance at the Mid Year Assembly is a better understanding of the effects of the decisions made in Washington on CRNA education funding and practice. 

The Fall Leadership Academy is held in November.  This meeting focuses on developing strong effective leaders for the state organizations.  Any student with aspirations of leadership at the state level should consider attending this event.