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Released: 8-Jun-2022 12:05 PM EDT
Access to Quality Anesthesia Care Increased for Maryland Patients
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

Maryland patients now have increased access to safe, affordable care with the enacting of HB55. The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) applauds the new law, as it expands the scope of practice for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs), granting them the authority to order and prescribe medications, including controlled substances.

Released: 12-May-2022 11:05 AM EDT
AANA Recognizes and Honors Contributions of CRNAs During National Nurses Week
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

For the holistic patient care they deliver, the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) recognizes and honors the contributions and perseverance of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and other nursing professionals during National Nurses Week, May 6-12, 2022.

Released: 10-May-2022 6:05 PM EDT
Michigan Opts Out of Physician Supervision of CRNAs
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

Michigan is now the 20th state to opt out from federal regulations that require physician supervision of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs). The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) reports that the governors of 19 additional states and Guam have exercised such exemptions.

Released: 26-Apr-2022 12:25 PM EDT
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology Announces 2022 Fellows Candidates
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) recently announced that it has selected 51 distinguished leaders in the profession of nurse anesthesiology as candidates to be inducted into the 2022 Class of Fellows. The inductees will be recognized for their significant contributions to the profession at the AANA’s Annual Congress, taking place on Aug. 12-16 in Chicago.

Released: 22-Apr-2022 1:05 PM EDT
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology Wins 2022 Gold Circle Award for Excellence in Association Communications from ASAE
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) has been recognized by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) with a 2022 Gold Circle Award in the Digital Content category. The Gold Circle Awards competition is the premier association marketing, membership, and communications award program that recognizes excellence, innovation, and achievement in association/nonprofit marketing, membership, and communications campaigns and activities.

Released: 18-Apr-2022 9:35 AM EDT
Alabama Patients Have Increased Access to Affordable, Quality Anesthesia Care
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

Alabama patients now have increased access to safe, affordable care with the signing today of HB 268 by Governor Kay Ivey. The law provides that, in addition to physicians and dentists, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) may provide anesthesia care under the direction of or in coordination with a physician, podiatrist, or dentist.

Released: 1-Apr-2022 12:05 PM EDT
AANA Announces Bill Bruce as Chief Executive Officer
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) Board of Directors has appointed William “Bill” Bruce, MBA, CAE, to serve as AANA’s Chief Executive Officer, effective June 27, 2022.

Released: 1-Apr-2022 11:00 AM EDT
AANA Presents Excellence in State Government Relations Advocacy Award to Pennsylvania
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) will honor the Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists (PANA) with the Excellence in State Government Relations Advocacy Award at its Mid-Year Assembly to be held in Washington, D.C., April 2-6.

Released: 30-Mar-2022 2:00 PM EDT
AANA President Issues Statement on Nurse RaDonda Vaught Verdict
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

Dr. Dina Velocci, DNP, CRNA, APRN, president of the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) issued the following statement in response to a verdict of a former nurse found guilty in an accidental injection death of a patient.

Released: 28-Mar-2022 3:55 PM EDT
AANA Presents Health Leadership Award to Sen. Ben Ray Luján
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) will recognize Senator Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) as the winner of its Health Leadership Award for 2022 at its Mid-Year Assembly, to be held in Washington, D.C., April 2-6.

Released: 28-Mar-2022 3:55 PM EDT
AANA Presents Health Leadership Award to Rep. Rodney Davis
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) will recognize Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) as the winner of its Health Leadership Award for 2022 at its Mid-Year Assembly, to be held in Washington, D.C., April 2-6.

Released: 25-Mar-2022 5:50 PM EDT
AANA Applauds Signing of Legislation Supporting Behavior Health for Healthcare Providers
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) commends President Biden for signing the “Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act” (H.R. 1667), which promotes behavioral health and well-being among healthcare professionals. The bill is named after an emergency room physician who died by suicide during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Released: 21-Mar-2022 11:45 AM EDT
AANA Applauds Rep. Underwood’s Support of Removing Barriers to Care in the Veterans Administration
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

ring a hearing on VA Healthcare workforce issues on March 17 in the House Committee on Veterans Affairs (VA), Committee member Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-IL) urged the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Congress to address workforce shortages in the VA healthcare system by allowing Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) to practice at the full scope of their licensure and education.

Released: 17-Mar-2022 3:15 PM EDT
Laura Wiggins Receives AANA’s Daniel D. Vigness Federal Political Director Award
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) will honor Lt. Col. Laura Wiggins, DNP, CRNA, with the Daniel D. Vigness Federal Political Director Award at its Mid-Year Assembly, to be held in Washington, D.C., April 2-6. Wiggins, a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), is staff CRNA with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh and chief nurse for the critical care transport team in the U.S. Air Force Reserve.

Released: 17-Mar-2022 12:45 PM EDT
Patient Safety is Paramount in Nurse Anesthesiology
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) are on the front lines of patient care, safely administering nearly 50 million anesthetics each year in the United States. During Patient Safety Awareness Week, March13-19, the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) joins the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) in recognizing practices, education, and standards that improve safety for patients and healthcare professionals.

Released: 9-Mar-2022 3:45 PM EST
AANA President Calls on Congress to Reject Legislation that Prevents Veterans from Accessing Quality Care
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

The president of the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) issued the following statement in response to a bill designed to prevent Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) from practicing to the full extent of their licensure in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA).

Released: 24-Feb-2022 4:40 PM EST
Nurse Anesthetists Highlight the Impact of Racism and Nursing
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

A national survey revealed racism remains a challenge across the nursing profession. Two members of the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) who were appointed to working groups for the study said that their participation in the survey was vital since, “at the end of the day, patient outcomes are impacted.”

Released: 9-Feb-2022 4:15 PM EST
Nurse Anesthetists Are Answer to Quality, Affordable Healthcare in Utah
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

Utah has consistently been recognized as one of the best U.S states for healthcare, but a bill circulating in the state’s legislature is threatening to compromise patients’ access to affordable, quality care. Senate Bill 121 will limit the availability of proven, cost-efficient anesthesia delivery in the state, according to Dan Bunker, CRNA, president of the Utah Association of Nurse Anesthetists (UANA).

Released: 7-Feb-2022 3:40 PM EST
AANA Stresses Importance of Access to Safe Dental Care During National Children’s Dental Health Month
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

Tooth decay is one of the most common chronic diseases in childhood. Untreated cavities can cause pain, infections, and can lead to problems eating, speaking, and learning. During February, National Children’s Dental Health Month, the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) reminds parents it is important not only to know how to keep your child’s teeth healthy, but also to ensure that they have access to safe dental care.

Released: 3-Feb-2022 11:15 AM EST
Rep. Underwood, House VA Committee Move to Increase CRNA Pay Cap in VA
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

On Feb. 2, 2022, the House Veterans Affairs Committee moved legislation forward to remove wage restrictions and increase recruitment opportunities for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists in the Veterans Affairs health system.

Released: 28-Jan-2022 11:35 AM EST
National CRNA Week: House of Representatives Proclamation Acknowledges the Contributions of Nurse Anesthetists
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

In honor of National CRNA Week (Jan. 23-29, 2022), U.S. House of Representatives Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Rodney Davis (R-IL) , Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) and Dave Joyce (R-OH), introduced bipartisan House Resolution 886 on the House floor, “Recognizing the roles and the contributions of America’s Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and their critical role in providing quality health care for the public, especially during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.”

Released: 20-Jan-2022 4:30 PM EST
New Regulations in Alaska, South Dakota, Remove Barriers for CRNAs
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

The start of the new year often brings with it new state laws and regulations, including two that remove barriers to patient care for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) in Alaska and South Dakota.

Released: 19-Jan-2022 11:15 AM EST
Parkdale Center and American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology Partner to Improve Access to Care for Substance Use Disorder
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

Parkdale Center and American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) further solidified their partnership with upgrades to the AANA Helpline that offers support and assistance for substance use disorder (SUD) to Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and students enrolled in nurse anesthesia programs.

Released: 10-Jan-2022 4:25 PM EST
AANA Appoints David Anderson as Chief Financial Officer
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) Board of Directors has named David Anderson to serve as AANA’s Chief Financial Officer, effective Jan. 17, 2022. He will report to interim Chief Executive Officer David Hebert.

Released: 14-Dec-2021 4:00 PM EST
AANA Applauds Signing of Protecting Medicare and American Farmers from Sequester Cuts Act
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

Healthcare providers, including Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs), will continue to receive resources to care for some of the most vulnerable patients with President Biden signing the bipartisan Protecting Medicare and American Farmers from Sequester Cuts Act to postpone cuts to Medicare reimbursements for healthcare providers.

Released: 15-Nov-2021 4:10 PM EST
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology recognized by Modern Healthcare as a winner of the 2021 Healthcare Marketing Impact Awards
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) has been selected by Modern Healthcare and its judges as an award winner for the 2021 Healthcare Marketing Impact Awards. AANA was selected as a Gold Social Media Campaign of the Year in the Advocacy category for its outstanding “Step Forward” video campaign.

Released: 9-Nov-2021 10:05 AM EST
AANA Honors Our Nation’s Veterans, Calls for Increased Access to Care in the VA
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

This Veterans Day, the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) thanks our nation’s veterans for their service and honors their sacrifices. The AANA also recognizes our military Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs), who are the primary providers of anesthesia care in the U.S. military and often the sole providers of anesthesia in austere environments.

Released: 15-Oct-2021 3:15 PM EDT
AANA Board of Directors Member Leads International COVID-19 Evidence Panel
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to claim lives worldwide, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist Dru Riddle, PhD, DNP, CRNA, FAAN, is working to help ensure the international healthcare system develops strong, evidence-based health policy and delivery systems.

Released: 12-Oct-2021 3:05 PM EDT
AANA Underscores Need for Policies to Improve Competition in Healthcare in Letter to Biden Administration
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

In an Oct. 5 letter to President Biden, American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) President Dina Velocci, DNP, CRNA, APRN, drew attention to the benefits the healthcare sector could incur with the elimination of anti-competitive policies.

Released: 8-Oct-2021 4:25 PM EDT
AANA Joins 33 Healthcare Organizations in Supporting VA Development of National Standards of Practice
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

To ensure U.S. veterans receive high-quality, timely care, the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) joined 33 healthcare provider organizations, representing millions of providers, in an Oct. 7 letter to the U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) supporting the VA’s efforts to develop national standards of practice for its healthcare workers. The organizations also urge the VA to ensure that those standards do not put unnecessary restrictions on qualified providers scope of practice.

Released: 5-Oct-2021 9:00 AM EDT
Three Nursing Associations Join Forces to Promote Workplace Civility
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

Three leading professional associations representing nurses who work in surgical settings recently developed and endorsed a position statement on workplace civility. With this initiative, the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA), the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses (ASPAN) and the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) have pledged to promote a safe and healthy work environment in all perioperative areas.

Released: 20-Sep-2021 2:35 PM EDT
Four CRNAs Chosen for the American Academy of Nursing 2021 Class of New Fellows
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

Four members of the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) have been selected to join the 2021 Class of Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing (Academy). These Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) are four of 225 distinguished nurse leaders who are experts in policy, research, administration, practice, and academia that champion health and wellness, locally and globally.

Released: 30-Aug-2021 1:00 PM EDT
David Hebert Returns to AANA to Serve as Interim Chief Executive Officer
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) Board of Directors selected David Hebert, JD, to serve as AANA Interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to guide the association through the transitional period between the departure of CEO Randall Moore, DNP, MBA, CRNA, and the hiring of a new CEO.

Released: 27-Aug-2021 7:05 AM EDT
AANA Urges Department of Veterans Affairs to Establish National Standards of Practice
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) encouraged the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to develop national standards of practice for healthcare professionals to ensure its facilities provide the highest quality of care for the nation’s veterans.

Released: 19-Aug-2021 4:50 PM EDT
AANA Decries Efforts to Hamper the Development of VA National Standards of Practice for Healthcare Professionals
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) is speaking out against an attempt by organized medicine to delay the development and implementation of National Standards of Practice for healthcare professionals by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Released: 18-Aug-2021 4:35 PM EDT
AANA Study Reveals that Removing Practice Barriers Increases Patient Care Access
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) released a new study demonstrating that the removal of barriers to practice and the expansion of responsibilities of nurse anesthetists enabled them to provide much-needed care to patients with COVID-19.

Released: 18-Aug-2021 12:10 PM EDT
Castillo Receives AANA’s 21st Annual Ira P. Gunn Award for Outstanding Professional Advocacy
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) presented Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Jose Delfin Castillo III, PhD, MSNA, CRNA, APRN, with the 21st Ira P. Gunn Award for Outstanding Professional Advocacy during its 2021 Annual Congress, August 13-17.

Released: 18-Aug-2021 12:00 PM EDT
Larmon Recognized as One of Nurse Anesthesia’s Most Influential Educators
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) presented Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Donald Larmon, DNP, CRNA, with the Didactic Instructor of the Year Award during its 2021 Virtual Congress, August 13-17.

Released: 18-Aug-2021 11:55 AM EDT
Michael Greco Receives AANA’s 42nd Annual Helen Lamb Outstanding Educator Award
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) presented Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Michael Greco, PhD, DNP, CRNA, with the 42nd Annual Helen Lamb Outstanding Educator Award during its 2021 Annual Congress, August 13-17.

Released: 18-Aug-2021 11:50 AM EDT
Nurse Anesthesia Program Director of Year Award Presented to Michael Dosch
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) presented Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Michael P. Dosch, PhD, CRNA with the Program Director of the Year Award during its 2021 Virtual Congress, August 13-17.

Released: 18-Aug-2021 11:35 AM EDT
Sandra Kilde Receives AANA’s 47th Annual Agatha Hodgins Award for Outstanding Accomplishment
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) presented Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Sandra Kilde, EdD, CRNA, with the Agatha Hodgins Award during its 2021 Virtual Congress, August 13-17.

Released: 16-Aug-2021 2:05 PM EDT
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology Announces Inaugural Class of Fellows
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) inducted its inaugural class of Fellows at the 2021 AANA Annual Congress on August 16.

Released: 14-Aug-2021 10:00 AM EDT
AANA Announces Major Rebrand and Moves Forward as the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

Marking a historic moment in its 90-year history, the professional association representing nation’s nearly 60,000 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and Student Registered Nurse Anesthetists (SRNAs) debuted its new name today. Moving forward as the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA), the name change is part of a yearlong rebranding effort designed to advance the science of nurse anesthesiology and advocate for CRNAs—one of the U.S. healthcare system’s highly sought-after anesthesia care providers.

Released: 4-Aug-2021 3:15 PM EDT
Patients in Delaware Now Have Increased Access to Affordable, Quality Anesthesia Care
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

Delaware patients now have increased access to safe, affordable care with the signing of HB 141 by Governor John Carney. The law removes a collaborative agreement and grants advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), including Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs), full practice authority.

Released: 4-Aug-2021 1:25 PM EDT
Nina McLain, PhD, CRNA, Appointed to Serve on the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

Nina McLain, PhD, CRNA, has been appointed to serve on the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice (NACNEP). McLain is a member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA).

Released: 15-Jul-2021 12:00 PM EDT
Toni Schmittling Appointed to Michigan Board of Nursing
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the appointment of Toni Schmittling, DNAP, MBA, MS, CRNA, president of the Michigan Association of Nurse Anesthetists (MANA), to the Michigan Board of Nursing. Schmittling will serve a four-year term, beginning July 1, 2021.

Released: 13-Jul-2021 5:05 PM EDT
Patients in Michigan Gain Increased Access to Affordable, Quality Anesthesia Care
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

Michigan patients now have increased access to safe, affordable care with the signing of HB 4359 by Governor Gretchen Whitmer. The law removes supervision requirements for nurse anesthetists and grants them the authority to collaboratively participate in a patient-centered healthcare team.

Released: 30-Jun-2021 5:00 PM EDT
Pennsylvania Legislature Recognizes Role of CRNAs
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed S.B. 416 into law today, providing formal recognition for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) in Pennsylvania nursing statutes.

Released: 17-Jun-2021 11:00 AM EDT
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Celebrates 90 Years of Advancing the Science of Nurse Anesthesiology
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) is celebrating its 90th anniversary today.

Released: 10-Jun-2021 4:05 PM EDT
International Council of Nurses Report Stresses Importance of CRNAs to Universal Healthcare Coverage
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

The International Council of Nurses (ICN) recently issued “Nurse Anesthetists Guidelines,” to provide developed and developing countries with clarity on the role and practice of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs).


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