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State Legislators Push Forward Full Practice Authority for Advanced Practice Nurses

At an unprecedented pace, state legislators are voting in favor of lifting restrictions that would enable advanced practice nurses and other nonphysician providers to practice at the full extent of their education and expertise.
5-Feb-2020 2:55 PM EST Add to Favorites

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COA Releases White Paper on Scholarly Work for Practice Doctorate Nurse Anesthesia Programs

The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) approved its first guidance document on scholarly projects for nurse anesthesia programs offering practice doctoral degrees.
28-Jan-2020 5:25 PM EST Add to Favorites

National CRNA Week: The House of Representatives Recognizes the Contributions of Nurse Anesthetists

In honor of National CRNA Week (Jan. 19-25, 2020), Reps. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), and Sam Graves (R-MO) today introduced a bipartisan resolution on the House floor, “Recognizing the roles and the contributions of...
25-Jan-2020 6:00 AM EST Add to Favorites

As Rural Hospital Closures Continue, CRNAs Offer a Safe, Affordable Solution

“Rural healthcare systems are fighting for their lives,” according to Randall Moore, DNP, MBA, CRNA and CEO of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA). “Statistics remain grim.”
24-Jan-2020 9:50 AM EST Add to Favorites

CRNAs, Nurses Gain Double Accolades: One of the Best 25 Jobs, The Most Honest, Ethical Professionals 18 Years in a Row

CRNAs are ranked among the U.S. Top 25 Best Jobs on the most recent U.S. News & World Report listing, and, for 18 years in a row, nursing is identified as the most honest and ethical profession on the most recent annual Gallup poll.
14-Jan-2020 4:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Partners with Patient Safety Movement Foundation to Eliminate Medical Errors in Hospitals

The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) is partnering with the Patient Safety Movement Foundation (PSMF) to eliminate preventable patient deaths in hospitals, a leading cause of death and injury to people across the globe.
8-Nov-2019 1:00 AM EST Add to Favorites

Rule Change by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Recognizes CRNAs’ Expert Care

The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) commends the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) for recognizing a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist’s (CRNA) ability to perform pre-anesthetic assessments in Ambulatory...
6-Nov-2019 1:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

AANA Releases Pivotal Study on Safety, Cost-Effectiveness of Anesthesia Delivery

The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) released a new study that suggests politics and professional interests are the main drivers of anesthesia policy in the United States.
28-Oct-2019 12:05 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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