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Released: 7-Feb-2024 5:00 PM EST
AANA Emphasizes Access to Safe Dental Anesthesia Care in Recognition of National Children’s Dental Health Month
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, and the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) reminds parents and caregivers of the importance of not only knowing how to keep your child’s teeth healthy, but also ensuring that they have access to safe dental anesthesia care.

Released: 25-Jan-2024 6:05 PM EST
Nursing Community Coalition Urges Congress to Protect Veterans’ Access to Quality Anesthesia Care
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

In a letter to Rep. David Scott (D-Ga.) and Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), the Nursing Community Coalition (NCC) voiced strong opposition to the erroneously named “Protect Lifesaving Anesthesia Care for Veterans Act of 2023,” emphasizing the potential negative impact the bill could have on veterans' health and their continuity of care.

Released: 23-Jan-2024 4:00 PM EST
U.S. House of Representatives Recognizes the Contributions of CRNAs
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

In honor of National CRNA Week (Jan. 21-27, 2024), U.S. Representatives Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and Dave Joyce (R-OH) again introduced a bipartisan House Resolution 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 healthcare to the public and our nation’s armed forces, for more than 150 years.

Released: 18-Jan-2024 3:05 PM EST
AANA Obtains Four More Years of ANCC Accreditation for Professional Development
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) has been granted four more years of accreditation for continuing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Released: 12-Jan-2024 2:05 PM EST
House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Highlights Role of CRNAs in Improving Access to Healthcare for Veterans
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) applauds the important discussion of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs hearing on Jan. 11 focused on improving rural healthcare access for veterans.

Released: 28-Nov-2023 12:00 PM EST
CRNAs Address the Unique Challenges of Rural Healthcare, Support Quality Care and Access for Rural Communities
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

During November, when our nation honors the community-minded focus of healthcare in rural America, American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) recognizes the unique healthcare challenges that rural communities face and applauds the work of healthcare workers, including Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs), who strive to keep rural communities healthy despite diminishing resources and population loss.

Released: 16-Nov-2023 5:00 PM EST
AANA Publishes Practice Considerations for Care of Transgender and Gender-Diverse Patients
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

To help ensure that all patients receive high-quality, safe pain management and anesthesia care, the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) has published its practice considerations for care of transgender and gender-diverse patients.

Released: 15-Nov-2023 11:00 AM EST
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology Named a Winner of the Chicago Tribune’s Top Workplaces 2023 Award
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) has been awarded a Top Workplaces 2023 honor by Chicago Tribune Top Workplaces. This is the second time since 2021 AANA has received this honor.

9-Nov-2023 5:00 PM EST
AANA Honors our Nation’s Veterans, Supports Better Care And Greater Access to Healthcare in VA
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

In observance of Veterans Day, the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) honors and thanks the nation’s military veterans for their bravery and service to our country.

Released: 3-Nov-2023 5:00 PM EDT
AANA and APNA Issue Joint Statement on Ketamine Infusion Therapy for Psychiatric Disorders
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) and the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) support a patient-centered, interdisciplinary approach to providing care and treatment to persons with psychiatric disorders who may benefit from ketamine infusion therapy.

Released: 25-Oct-2023 5:00 PM EDT
AANA Updates, Publishes Analgesia and Anesthesia Practice Considerations for The Substance Use Disorder Patient
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

To help ensure that patients with active substance use disorder, on medication-assisted treatment, or in abstinent recovery continue to receive high-quality, safe pain management and anesthesia care, the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) has published its updated analgesia and anesthesia practice considerations.

Released: 16-Oct-2023 1:00 PM EDT
AANA Recognizes World Anesthesia Day, Supports Better Care and Access for Anesthesia
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) recognizes World Anesthesia Day as an opportunity to honor the global-minded focus of better care and access for anesthesia. World Anesthesia Day commemorates the birth of anesthesia on October 16, 1846, when providers at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston demonstrated the use of ether for the first time on a patient.

Released: 26-Sep-2023 12:00 PM EDT
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology Urges VA to Issue Evidence-Based National Practice Standards
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

Dru Riddle, PhD, DNP, CRNA, FAAN, president of the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) urged the Veterans Health Administration (VA) to develop National Standards of Practice for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) that are grounded in evidence-based education and training standards, not politics, during a listening session on September 21.

Released: 19-Sep-2023 4:05 PM EDT
America’s Veterans Deserve High Quality Anesthesia Care
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

During Congressional testimony today, the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) urged the Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare system to provide the same anesthesia care and services to our veterans as is in place in healthcare systems in 49 states. AANA President-Elect Jan Setnor, MSN, CRNA, Col. (Ret), USAFR, NC, in testimony before the House VA Committee Subcommittee on Health, defended Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists’ (CRNAs’) ability to deliver high-quality anesthesia care to all populations, including the complex needs of our nation’s veterans, as a result of their specialized and detailed anesthesia training.

Released: 22-Aug-2023 5:00 PM EDT
Dru Riddle Begins Term as President of the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

Dru Riddle, PhD, DNP, CRNA, FAAN, a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), and resident of Fort Worth, Texas, recently took office as the 2023-2024 president of the nearly 61,000-member American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA), headquartered in Rosemont, Ill.

Released: 22-Aug-2023 11:05 AM EDT
AANA Foundation Janice Drake CRNA Humanitarian of the Year Award Presented to Clare Golden
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) Foundation presented Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Clare Golden, DNP, CRNA, APN, with the Janice Drake CRNA Humanitarian Award during the AANA 2023 Annual Congress, held August 18-22, in Seattle.

Released: 22-Aug-2023 11:05 AM EDT
Virginia A. Gaffey Posthumously Awarded AANA Foundation Philanthropist of the Year
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) Foundation posthumously awarded Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Virginia A. Gaffey, CRNA with the Rita L. LeBlanc Philanthropist of the Year Award during the AANA 2023 Annual Congress, held August 18-22, in Seattle.

Released: 22-Aug-2023 11:05 AM EDT
AANA Foundation Advocate of the Year Award Presented to Brooklyn A. Castilla
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) Foundation presented Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Brooklyn A. Castilla, CRNA, with the Advocate of the Year Award during the AANA 2023 Annual Congress, held August 18-22, in Seattle.

Released: 22-Aug-2023 10:15 AM EDT
AANA Honorary Membership Given to Mary Scheuermann
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) presented Mary Scheuermann, MNA, CNP, CAE, with an Honorary Membership during its 2023 Annual Congress, Aug. 18-22, in Seattle.

Released: 22-Aug-2023 10:00 AM EDT
AANA Honorary Membership Given to Jim Carney
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) presented Jim Carney with an Honorary Membership during its 2023 Annual Congress, August 18-22, in Seattle.

Released: 22-Aug-2023 9:45 AM EDT
AANA Honorary Membership Given to Luis A. Rivera
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) presented Luis A. Rivera, MBA, CAE, with an Honorary Membership during its 2023 Annual Congress, Aug. 18-22, in Seattle.

Released: 22-Aug-2023 9:35 AM EDT
Nurse Anesthesia Program Director of Year Award Presented to Lisa J. Thiemann
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) presented Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Lisa J. Thiemann, PhD, CRNA, APNP, FNAP, FAANA, with the Program Director of the Year Award during its 2023 Annual Congress, August 18-22, in Seattle.

Released: 22-Aug-2023 9:30 AM EDT
Anesthesia Clinical Instructor of the Year Award Presented to Randy J. Cima
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) presented Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Randy J. Cima CRNA, with the Clinical Instructor of the Year Award during its 2023 Annual Congress, August 18-22, in Seattle.

Released: 22-Aug-2023 9:20 AM EDT
Anesthesia Didactic Instructor of the Year Award Presented to Courtney Brown
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) presented Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Courtney Brown, PhD, CRNA, CHSE, with the Didactic Instructor of the Year Award during its 2023 Annual Congress, August 18-22, in Seattle.

Released: 22-Aug-2023 9:15 AM EDT
Annual Ira P. Gunn Award for Outstanding Professional Advocacy Award Presented to Michael MacKinnon
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) presented Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Michael MacKinnon, DNP, FNP-C, CRNA, FAANA, with the 23rd Ira P. Gunn Award for Outstanding Professional Advocacy during its 2023 Annual Congress, August 18-22, in Seattle.

Released: 22-Aug-2023 9:10 AM EDT
Susan McMullan Receives AANA’s 44th Annual Helen Lamb Outstanding Educator Award
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) presented Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Susan McMullan, PhD, CRNA, CHSE, FAANA, FAAN with the 44th Annual Helen Lamb Outstanding Educator Award during its 2023 Annual Congress, August 18-22, in Seattle.

Released: 22-Aug-2023 9:05 AM EDT
Susan Newell Receives AANA’s 37th Annual Alice Magaw Outstanding Clinical Anesthesia Practitioner Award
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) presented Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Susan Newell, DNP, CRNA, with the 37th Alice Magaw Outstanding Clinical Anesthesia Practitioner Award during its 2023 Annual Congress, August 18-22, in Seattle.

Released: 22-Aug-2023 9:00 AM EDT
Janice Izlar Receives AANA’s 49th Annual Agatha Hodgins Award for Outstanding Accomplishment
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) presented Janice Izlar, DNAP, CRNA, FAANA with the Agatha Hodgins Award during its 2023 Annual Congress, August 18-22 in Seattle.

Released: 21-Aug-2023 11:05 AM EDT
AANA Launches Rm8 Innovation Lab: Catalyzing Healthcare Startups for Transformational Change
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) unveiled the new innovation lab – Rm8 during its 2023 Annual Congress in Seattle, August 18-22.

Released: 20-Aug-2023 5:05 PM EDT
AANA Launches MOTION Career Exploration Platform to Empower CRNAs with Better Career Choices
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) has launched its new interactive career exploration platform, MOTION, to assist each of AANA's nearly 61,000 members in making informed career choices.

Released: 1-Aug-2023 10:25 AM EDT
AANA Receives Two 2023 ASAE Power of Associations Honors
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) has received two Power of Associations Awards from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE): a gold award for its successful Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiative and a silver accolade for its achievements in state advocacy efforts.

Released: 27-Jul-2023 10:00 AM EDT
Nine CRNAs Chosen for the American Academy of Nursing 2023 Class of New Fellows
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

Nine members of the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) have been selected to join the 2023 Class of Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing. These Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) are among the largest cohort to date to be inducted into the American Academy of Nursing.

21-Jul-2023 3:00 PM EDT
Oregon Patients Access to Quality Anesthesia Care Protected with Signing of HB 3425
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

The state of Oregon took a significant step towards streamlining anesthesia care for patients with the signing of House Bill 3425 by Governor Tina Kotek on July 18. This landmark legislation repeals redundant provisions and provides clear guidelines for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) practicing in the state.

Released: 20-Jul-2023 4:00 PM EDT
ICAN Act Increases Patient Access to High-Quality Healthcare
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

A Senate Bill was introduced by U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), joining more than a dozen Representatives who are sponsoring the House version of the ICAN Act. If passed, the ICAN Act would remove practice barriers for advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) by allowing them to provide more comprehensive healthcare services to patients across the country.

Released: 18-Jul-2023 5:00 PM EDT
AANA Appoints Amy Sherwood as Chief Membership Officer
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) has named Amy Sherwood, CAE to serve as AANA’s Chief Membership Officer. She will report to Chief Executive Officer Bill Bruce.

Released: 17-Jul-2023 5:00 PM EDT
AANA Appoints Ladan Eshkevari as New Editor-In-Chief of The AANA Journal
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) has named Ladan Eshkevari, PhD, CRNA, L.Ac.,FAAN to serve as AANA’s Editor-in-Chief of The AANA Journal.

Released: 5-Jul-2023 5:00 PM EDT
AANA Wins 2023 Gold Circle Award from ASAE for Membership Retention
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) has been recognized by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) with a 2023 Gold Circle Award in the Membership Retention category. The Gold Circle competition is the premier association marketing, membership, and communications award that recognizes excellence, innovation, and achievement in association/nonprofit marketing, membership, and communications campaigns and activities.

Released: 15-Jun-2023 4:20 PM EDT
AANA Denounces AMA’s Action to Regulate Advanced Practice Registered Nurses through State Boards of Medicine
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

Angela Mund, DNP, CRNA, president of the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) issued the following statement in response to the American Medical Association’s (AMA) adopted policy recommending that Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and other advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) be regulated on the state level by both the board of medicine and the board of nursing.

Released: 15-Jun-2023 4:00 PM EDT
Delaware Opts Out Of Physician Supervision of CRNAs
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

Delaware patients now have increased access to safe, affordable anesthesia care. The state is the latest to opt out from federal regulations that require physician supervision of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs).

Released: 6-Jun-2023 11:30 AM EDT
Advanced Practice Nurses Stand Ready to Care for America’s Most Vulnerable Populations
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

Today the U.S. healthcare system faces workforce shortages and expanding costs, but new legislation will allow advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) to work at the top of their education and training to give patients across the country access to vital healthcare services.

Released: 26-May-2023 4:00 PM EDT
Access To Quality Anesthesia Care Increased for Indiana Dental Patients
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

Indiana dental patients now have increased access to safe anesthesia care with the enacting of Indiana Senate Bill 273. The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) applauds the new law, as it expands the scope of practice for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs), allowing CRNAs to administer moderate sedation, deep sedation, or general anesthesia to a patient in a dental office, under the direction of and in the immediate presence of a physician.

Released: 11-May-2023 4:00 PM EDT
Access to Quality Anesthesia Care Ensured in Rural Wyoming
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

Recently, Wyoming partially opted 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 23 states and Guam have exercised such exemptions for either full or partial opt-out.

Released: 9-May-2023 3:05 PM EDT
End of COVID Public Health Emergency Limits Patients’ Access to Nursing Care during National Nurses Week
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

During National Nurses Week, AANA and others are honoring and recognizing the vital contributions of nursing professionals. Nurses have been at the forefront of healthcare during the pandemic, providing the highest quality care. However, there are some regulatory changes occurring at the end of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency on May 11 that might adversely impact patients’ access to that high quality of care overnight.

Released: 28-Apr-2023 4:00 PM EDT
AANA Presents Excellence in State Government Relations Advocacy Award to New Mexico
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) will honor the New Mexico Association of Nurse Anesthetists (NMANA) with the Excellence in State Government Relations Advocacy Award at its Mid-Year Assembly, held in Washington, D.C., April 29 – May 3.

Released: 27-Apr-2023 4:15 PM EDT
AANA Presents Health Leadership Award to U.S. Representative Lauren Underwood, RN
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) will recognize U.S. Representative Lauren Underwood (D-IL) as the winner of its National Health Leadership Award for 2023 at its Mid-Year Assembly, to be held in Washington, D.C., April 29-May 3.

Released: 27-Apr-2023 4:00 PM EDT
AANA Presents Health Leadership Award to U.S. Representative Brett Guthrie
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) will recognize U.S. Representative Brett Guthrie (R-KY) as the winner of its National Health Leadership Award for 2023 at its Mid-Year Assembly, to be held in Washington, D.C., April 29-May 3.

Released: 21-Apr-2023 8:00 AM EDT
Kris Rohde Receives AANA’s Daniel D. Vigness Federal Political Director Award
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) will honor Kris Rohde, CRNA, with the 2023 Daniel D. Vigness Federal Political Director Award during the AANA Mid-Year Assembly, held April 29-May 3, 2023, in Washington, D.C. Rohde, a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), is a staff CRNA at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha.

Released: 20-Apr-2023 3:00 PM EDT
ICAN Act Increases Patient Access to High-Quality Healthcare
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

The Improving Care and Access to Nurses (ICAN) Act (HR 2713) was reintroduced by U.S. Representatives Dave Joyce (R-OH), Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Lauren Underwood (D-IL), Jen Kiggans (R-VA), Adrian Smith (R-NE), Kelly Armstrong (R-ND), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Glenn Grothman (R-WI), Chris Pappas (D-NH), and Ann Kuster (D-NH) on April 19. If passed, the ICAN Act would remove practice barriers for advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) by allowing them to provide more comprehensive healthcare services to patients across the country.

Released: 18-Apr-2023 3:30 PM EDT
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology Announces 2023 Fellows Candidates
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) recently announced that it has selected 58 distinguished leaders in the profession of nurse anesthesiology as candidates to be inducted into its 2023 Class of Fellows. The inductees will be recognized for their significant contributions to the profession at the AANA Annual Congress, taking place on Aug. 18-22 in Seattle, Washington.

3-Apr-2023 12:00 PM EDT
During Oral Cancer Awareness Month, AANA Emphasizes Access to Safe Dental Anesthesia Care
American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, and the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) reminds the public that the best prevention of oral health is early detection. Also, of critical importance is ensuring patients have access to safe anesthesia care when treatments including surgery are used for oral cancer.


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