Education Opportunities for Students

Student Writing Contest

Submissions are now being accepted for the annual Student Writing Contest.  The submission deadline is April 16th.

Students must submit an essay of no more than 1500 words on a topic pertinent to education, professional practice and development, wellness, healthcare, or health policy.  Potential essay topics include, but are not limited to:  leadership; case reports; health policy; professional development; quality improvement; student wellness; diversity; interprofessional collaboration; community service; work-life balance; simulation; innovative use of technology in education; ethics; and generational issues.  Citations must follow the AMA format.

The winner will be 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.

Essays must be submitted via e-mail to the Education Department at  Questions may be directed to the Education Department at 847-655-1161 or

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 Nurse Anesthesia Annual Congress. The nomination process opens in March.

Student Representative to the Education Committee

Each year one student is elected by the students attending the Nurse Anesthesia 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; hosts the Student Luncheon and plans the Student Session at Annual Congress. The student representative participates in Education Committee meetings and conference calls. The application process opens in April.

Anesthesia College Bowl

Six teams of six students each face off in this lively event by answering questions about anesthesia that have been submitted by nurse anesthesia program directors. The winning student team takes on the CRNA Challenge Team to determine the ultimate winner of the College Bowl. Think you have what it takes to represent your program and attempt to best the CRNAs? Let your program director know so they can submit your name for consideration. No more than two students per program can participate. The submission process opens in the spring.

Student Mentoring Program at Assembly of School Faculty

This program consists of a one-day mentoring experience at the February Assembly of School Faculty 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 2018.

Getting Help

If you or someone you know struggles with drugs or alcohol, help is available. 

AANA Peer Assistance Helpline - 800-654-5167

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