Park Ridge, Ill. – Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and other healthcare professionals will gather and discuss topics ranging from enhanced recovery after surgery, access to quality anesthesia care, to opioid use, among other subjects during the AANA Annual Congress of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA), August 9-13, 2019, in Chicago, Ill.

Congress attendees will learn about “Living with No Excuses,” from keynote speaker Noah Galloway, U.S. Army Veteran, Amputee and Dancing with the Stars finalist. Galloway will speak to the audience about pushing beyond your limits, overcoming daily obstacles, being a resilient role model, among other life lessons.

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) have been providing anesthesia care to patients in the United States for more than 150 years. CRNAs collaborate with surgeons, anesthesiologists, dentists, podiatrists, and other qualified healthcare professionals to deliver safe, high-quality, and cost-effective patient care in virtually every healthcare setting.

Who Are CRNAs?

  • CRNAs are advanced practice registered nurses who administer approximately 43 million anesthetics to patients each year in the United States. In some states, CRNAs are the sole anesthesia professionals in nearly 100 percent of rural hospitals, ensuring patient access to obstetrical, surgical, trauma stabilization, and pain management services.
  • CRNA services include pre-anesthesia evaluation, administering the anesthetic, monitoring and interpreting the patient's vital signs, and managing the patient throughout surgery.

CRNA Education

  • With nearly three years of critical care experience before entering a nurse anesthesia program, CRNAs are well prepared to respond appropriately in emergencies. They are the only anesthesia professionals with this level of critical care experience prior to beginning formal anesthesia education.
  • Additionally, nurse anesthetists attain 7-8.5 years of education, training and clinical experience. Today's CRNAs enter the workforce with a master's or doctoral degree. CRNAs must receive their master's or doctoral degree from a program accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA). By 2025, all CRNAs will receive a doctoral degree from a program accredited by the COA.

CRNA Practice

  • CRNAs are responsible for patient safety before, during, and after anesthesia.
  • CRNAs sustain a patient's critical life functions throughout surgical, obstetrical, and other procedures.
  • CRNAs are uniquely prepared to assess, identify, and manage the care of patients suffering from acute and/or chronic pain.
  • CRNAs select and administer other types of drugs to preserve life functions.
  • CRNAs analyze situations and respond quickly and appropriately in emergencies.
  • CRNAs provide that special spirit of caring that is unique to all nurses.

For five days, anesthesia professionals from around the world will take advantage of continuing education opportunities, hands-on workshops, state-of-the-science presentations, and other compelling educational sessions. In addition, an onsite trade show will feature pharmaceutical companies, equipment manufacturers, and other healthcare-related businesses.

About the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists

Founded in 1931 and located in Park Ridge, Ill., and Washington, D.C., the American Association of Nurse

Anesthetists (AANA) is the professional organization representing nearly 53,000 Certified Registered

Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and student registered nurse anesthetists across the United States. As

advanced practice registered nurses and anesthesia specialists, CRNAs administer approximately 45

million anesthetics to patients in the United States each year and are the primary providers of

anesthesia care in rural America. In some states, CRNAs are the sole anesthesia professionals in nearly

100 percent of rural hospitals. For more information, visit and anesthesia-care and follow @aanawebupdates on Twitter.







Meeting Link: AANA Annual Congress, August 9-13, 2019