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American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Recognized for Innovative I AM ME Campaign

The national professional association for more than 50,000 nurse anesthesiologists was recognized by a global company for their innovative diversity and inclusion campaign.
1-Oct-2019 11:10 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Scott Urigel Receives AANA’s 34th Annual Alice Magaw Outstanding Clinical Anesthesia Practitioner Award

Inventor of the Block Buddy, CRNA Scott Urigel receives outstanding clinical anesthesia practitioner award.
8-Aug-2019 12:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

O’Sullivan Named Anesthesia’s Program Director of the Year

University of Iowa Program Director over anesthesia wins one of nurse anesthesia's highest honor. Ceremony to take place in Chicago.
8-Aug-2019 12:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Kay K. Sanders Receives AANA’s 40th Annual Helen Lamb Outstanding Educator Award

Kay K. Sanders career nurse anesthesia from Fort Worth, Texas receives outstanding educator award from national association in Chicago.
8-Aug-2019 12:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Wallena Gould Receives AANA’s 45th Annual Agatha Hodgins Award for Outstanding Accomplishment

Dr. Wallena Gould, the second African American to receive nurse anesthesia's highest honor, the Agatha Hodgins award in Chicago.
8-Aug-2019 12:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Chicago Photographer Named Honorary Member of National Anesthesia Association

Long-time Chicago Photographer, John Wheeler inducted as honorary member of the AANA. Wheeler has literally photographed one-third of the association's history.
8-Aug-2019 12:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Jennifer Schmitt Receives AANA’s 19th Annual Ira P. Gunn Award for Outstanding Professional Advocacy

Oklahoma CRNA, Jennifer Schmitt recognized for her advocacy efforts in giving access to healthcare to Oklahomans through her career in nurse anesthesia.
8-Aug-2019 12:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists Convene in Chicago to Discuss All Aspects of Anesthesia Care

A little known fact is that Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) are America's very first anesthesia providers. With nearly 53,000 CRNAs nationwide, they administer approximately 45million anesthetics this year. The national meeting is...
8-Aug-2019 12:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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AANA advances patient safety, practice excellence, and its members’ profession.

Founded in 1931, the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) is the professional association representing nearly 53,000 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and student registered nurse anesthetists nationwide. The AANA promulgates education and practice standards and guidelines, and affords consultation to both private and governmental entities regarding nurse anesthetists and their practice. The AANA Foundation supports the profession by awarding education and research grants to students, faculty and practicing CRNAs. Roughly 90 percent of the nation's nurse anesthetists are members of the AANA.

The AANA developed and implemented a certification program in 1945 and instituted a recertification program in 1978. It established a mechanism for accreditation of nurse anesthesia educational programs in 1952, which has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education since 1955. In 1975, the AANA was a leader among professional organizations in the United States by forming autonomous multidisciplinary councils with public representation for performing the profession's certification, accreditation, and public interest functions. Today, the CRNA credential is well recognized as an indicator of quality and competence.


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