AANA Board of Directors for Fiscal Year 2022

Board Position Descriptions

Board of Directors

General Board Responsibilities

Serving on the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) Board is an honor, a privilege, and a great responsibility. In accepting the position, a member entrusted by the membership agrees to set aside personal gain and ensure the ethical, economical, and productive function of the organization to forward its mission. 

This document describes to potential, new and existing board members the legal requirements, scope, expectations, and responsibilities of board positions. 

The board shall be composed of an elected President, President-elect, Vice President, Treasurer and seven directors, all of whom are members of the AANA. 

In serving, a board member is the link between the member goals and company performance: evaluating whether member goals are achieved and taking corrective action if they are not. 

The ideal candidate for the AANA Board has the following:

  1. Strategic mindset 
  2. Strong analytical and critical reasoning skills 
  3. High ethical and professional standards
  4. Effective and timely communications skills 
  5. Ability to analyze and evaluate financial and project development information
  6. Leadership skills and experience 
  7. Ability to work as an effective member of a team (willingness to consider and respect the opinions of others) and with all stakeholders and people from diverse backgrounds. 
  8. Sound judgment and decisiveness 
  9. Dependability and accountability 
  10. Ability to work with computer and virtual platforms.
Fiduciary Duties

  1. Duty of Care: be reasonably informed and use sound information and judgement in making decisions on behalf of the organization. 
  2. Duty of Loyalty: The organization comes first. Put aside personal interests and act in the organization’s best interest. Board members are required to support the decisions of the Board.
  3. Duty of Obedience: act in compliance with the organization’s mission, bylaws and policies, as well as legal and regulatory requirements. 

General Expectations

  1. The affairs of the AANA shall be managed under the direction of the Board of Directors.  
  2. The purpose of the AANA is to advance the Science and Art of Anesthesiology; to develop educational standards and technique in the administration of anesthetic drugs; to facilitate efficient cooperation between nurse anesthetists and other agencies concerned with anesthesiology, such as physicians, hospitals, et. al.; to publish periodicals and bulletins to aid the purpose of the organization; to maintain a central bureau for information, reference and assistance in matters pertaining to anesthesiology, and to promulgate educational programs for proper administration of anesthetics.
  3. The purpose of the board is to govern the AANA based on the mission, vision, and strategic plan of the AANA. The board will:
  • Participate in strategic planning.
  • Approve an annual budget, audit reports and material business decisions.
  • Ensure the AANA is accountable in properly carrying out its responsibilities per the AANA Bylaws, Standing Rules and Board Policies.
  • Provide oversight and monitoring of achievement of the strategic plan through joint planning and review of CEO goals and performance
  • Recruit, hire, support, evaluate and, if necessary, remove the CEO.
  • Conduct AANA affairs with appropriate transparency and confidentiality.
  • Assist in identification and recruitment of new board and committee members. 

Board Development

  1. Board members participate in ongoing governance education and development activities.
  2. The board regularly monitors its own performance
  3. Each board member is responsible for understanding the policies of the organization. 
  4. Organizational and board policies are reviewed and updated on a proscribed timeline by staff for board approval. 

Fundraising
Board members will lead by example, playing a leading role in fundraising activities, and support the fundraising activities of the AANA, including attending and financially contributing to the AANA Foundation and PAC. 

Technology Requirements
Board members will be expected to be proficient with technology and have adequate, high speed internet connectivity to facilitate virtual meetings. 

Time Commitment 

  1. Varies by position, involvement with states and desire to travel
  2. Minimum travel is 20 days: 12 weekdays, 4 weekends
  3. Daily time commitment 30 minutes for email and correspondence
  4. Directors should expect at least four major AANA board meetings that correspond with national meetings which last from 3-6 days and include approximately 16 hours of advance preparation per meeting
  5. President and President-elect should expect a larger time commitment.
  6. Periodic board conference calls - average 2 hours ea.
    • Advanced preparation 4-6 hours
  7. Attend individual state meetings as requested,
  8. Assist in identification and recruitment of new board members.
  9. Upon election to the AANA Board, members are expected to prioritize AANA business and meetings over other possibly previously scheduled meeting/speaking commitments.
Reimbursement 
  1. Per AANA Bylaws, board members receive a taxable percentage of the median straight salary from the most recent Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) compensation and benefits survey data 
  2. Board members are reimbursed for official approved travel according to Business Travel and Reimbursement Policy and Annual Meeting registration and Reimbursement 
  3. Reimbursement for state meeting travel is addressed with directly with the states. 

Board PD General Nov 2021


President

Basic Function
Leads the AANA Board of Directors, who sets policy to further the mission and strategic plan of the AANA. The president is accountable to the Board and to the members.


Eligibility
Is an active certified member. 
Has served on the board of directors within the past seven years. 

Specific Responsibilities

  1. Serves as the chief governance officer of the organization ensuring integrity of the board process; that the board behaves consistently with its own rules and those imposed upon it from outside the organization. 
  2. With input from the AANA Board members and staff, presides at and finalizes agenda of all general meetings of the AANA, the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee. 
  3. Presents an annual report at the annual meeting of this AANA.
  4. Partners with the CEO in achieving the organization's mission, including weekly information updates on matters of ongoing importance. Discuss issues confronting the organization and any issues of concern to the Board. 
  5. Represents the board as needed to outside parties, including but not limited to the membership. 
  6. Encourages the Board's participation in strategic planning. 
  7. Recommends slate of committee members and chairs, followed by approval by the AANA Board of Directors. 
  8. Serves on the Executive Committee. 
  9. Serves as ex officio member of committees and attends their meetings when invited.
  10. Monitors financial planning and financial reports.  
  11. Evaluates annually the performance of the organization in achieving its mission.
  12. Leads formal evaluation of the CEO performance. 
  13. Ensures periodic evaluation of the effectiveness of board members is evaluated. 
  14. Ensures the board succession planning process is effective. 
  15. Performs other responsibilities assigned by the Board.
  16. The President may delegate any part of his or her authority to another director but remains accountable for its use. 

Internal Relationships
Work with the Board and its officers, committee chairs, the CEO, and executive staff in collaboration with the CEO. Maintain accessibility to general membership.

External Relationships
Maintain and foster contact as appropriate and needed with public, press, legislative bodies, and other organizations.


Term of Office
The term of office is one year. Accedes automatically from President-elect.
Board Position Description - President Nov 2021



President- Elect

Basic Function
Assist the AANA President in carrying out the functions of the office of president and perform specific duties delegated by the president. The president-elect is accountable to the Board and members.

Eligibility
Is an active certified member. 
Has served on the board of directors within the past seven years. 

Specific Responsibilities

  1. In the absence of the President, performs those duties.
  2. Serve as a member of the Board, attending all meetings and participating in all conference calls of the BOD, and all national AANA conference meetings.
  3. Serves on the Finance Committee.
  4. Serves on the AANA Foundation Board of Directors.
  5. Serves on the Executive Committee. 
  6. Participates in regular information updates with President and CEO. 
  7. Other duties as assigned by the President.

Internal Relationships
Is an officer member of the Board. Works with the president, Board, committees and chairs, and executive staff in collaboration with the CEO. Maintains accessibility to general membership.

External Relationships
Represent AANA with other organizations when requested by the president.

Term of Office
The term is one year as president-elect, or in accordance with the Bylaws in the event of a vacancy. Accedes automatically to the office of President.

Board Position Description - President Elect Nov 2021


Vice-President

Basic Function
Chairs Governance Committee and as such keeps the President and board informed on board adherence to its policies and assures maintenance of governance policies.

Eligibility
Is an active certified member. 
Has served on the board of directors within the past seven years. 

Specific Responsibilities

  1. Serves as a member of the board. 
  2. Serves as President-elect in that person’s absence. In the event of death, inability or wrongful refusal to act of the President-elect, shall perform the duties of President-elect. 
  3. Serves on the Executive Committee. 
  4. Attend all meetings and participate in all conference calls of the Board and its officers, and attend all annual conference meetings

Internal Relationships
Work with the Board and its officers, committees and chairs, and executive staff in collaboration with the CEO. Maintain accessibility to general membership.

External Relationships
Represent AANA with other organizations as requested by the president and in collaboration with the CEO.

Term of Office
The term is one year.

Board Position Description - Vice President Nov 2021


Treasurer

Basic Function
Monitors the fiscal affairs of AANA. The treasurer is accountable to the Board and members.

Eligibility
Is an active certified member. 
Has served on the board of directors within the past seven years. 

Specific Responsibilities

  1. Monitors the fiscal affairs of the AANA and reports to the board on the financial condition of the AANA when requested by the Board.
  2. Serve as a members of the BOD. 
  3. Serves on the Finance Committee to review financial status of AANA on a regular basis with the CEO and Chief Financial Officer. 
  4. Ensure financial reports are submitted quarterly to the BOD. 
  5. Assures the board reviews the Annual Independent Audit. 
  6. Serves on the SODC Committee.
  7. Works with finance department to provide annual budget to the board for approval
  8. Provides financial report to members at the annual meeting.
  9. Ensures development and board review of financial policies and procedures
  10. Serves on the Executive Committee. 

Internal Relationships

Work with the Board and its officers, committees and chairs, and executive staff in collaboration with the CEO. Maintain accessibility to general membership.

Term of Office
The term is one year, serving until the conclusion of the next annual meeting when the Treasurer’s successor is elected and takes office.

Board Position Description - Treasurer Nov 2021



Director

Basic Function

Directors serve on the Board as the elected representative to the members at large and contribute to the mission, vision and strategic plan of AANA while maintaining a fiduciary responsibility for the organization.

Eligibility
Is an active certified member. 
Has served at least on term as an officer or director of a State Association and must have been active in State and/or AANA affairs.  

Specific Responsibilities

  1. Serves as a member of the board. 
  2. Attends all meetings and participate in all conference calls of the BOD and its officers, and attend all national conference meetings
  3. Actively works with state leaders in an assigned region to facilitate the needs of members. Activities will vary among Directors due to individual knowledge and skills. Examples include:
  4. One-on-one or group conference calls between Director and assigned regional President and President-elects, held monthly or quarterly.
  5. Planning or participating in regional meetings.
  6. Specific questions, two-way sharing of information or facilitating leadership education. 
  7. Mentors AANA members with leadership potential in the region for consideration as committee members, Board members or other positions within AANA. 
  8. Actively participates in committee(s), as appointed by the AANA Board. Serves as BOD liaison to committees, as appointed by the AANA Board.
  9. Communicates in a timely manner.

Internal Relationships

Work with other BOD members, state leaders, committees and staff in collaboration with the CEO.

External Relationships
May have contact with external key stakeholders in advancement of the AANA mission and strategic plan.  

Term of Office

The term is two years, after which a successor is elected and takes office. 

Any vacancy will be filled through a special election of qualified candidates who have chosen to apply doe the position. If no qualified members apply for the Special Election, then the vacancy may be filled by the Board of Directors for the unfulfilled portion of the term upon a majority vote of those Board members then in office. 

Board Position Director - Director Nov 2021


Frequently Asked Questions

What are the terms of a Board member?

  • The AANA President serves for one year.
  • The President-elect serves for one year as PE and automatically ascends to the President role the following year.
  • The Vice-President serves for one year.
  • The Treasurer serves for one year.
  • At-large Directors serve for staggered 2 year terms. 

How many positions are open on the Board each year? 

The Board of Directors is comprised of the President, President-elect, Vice President, Treasurer and seven Directors. Every year, the positions of President-elect, Vice-President and Treasurer are elected. In even-numbered years there are four open Director positions and in odd-numbered years there are three open Director positions. 

Do Board members receive a stipend?

Yes. The AANA Bylaws Article V, Section 11 outline a stipend structure for Board members based upon the previous year's median straight salary for CRNAs.

How do I find information about running for the Board of Directors?

Please visit the Election Center for complete information.