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CRNAs: We are the Answer

The AANA responds to inaccurate, untrue, and exaggerated statements regarding the practice of nurse anesthesia publicized by the American Society of Anesthesiologists with factual information.
23-May-2019 10:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Pacira BioSciences Funds Educational Webinar Series Produced by Anesthesia Providers

The AANA will be producing a webinar series to educate healthcare providers about enhanced recovery after surgery to aid in the fight against the opioid crisis. Pacira BioSciences funded the project.
30-Apr-2019 11:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Anesthesia Providers Convene to Discuss the 116th Congress, Regulatory and Legislative Solutions

This is the largest advocacy meeting for nurse anesthesia providers to focus in on the legislation that affects patients in need of anesthesia care and the practice of healthcare providers who administer the anesthesia.
3-Apr-2019 12:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Healthcare Advocate Recognized for Commitment to Anesthesia by Professional Association

Georgia resident recognized as nurse anesthesia's Federal advocate of the year on the national level.
3-Apr-2019 12:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Nurse Anesthetists Association Joins Voices for Non-Opioid Choices Coalition

The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) joins Voices for Non-Opioid Choices, a rising non-partisan coalition group dedicated to to curbing the U.S. opioids crisis by increasing patient access to non-opioid therapies and acute pain...
21-Mar-2019 9:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Anesthesia practice standards updated, published by American Association of Nurse Anesthetists

The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) has published a comprehensive update to its Standards for Nurse Anesthesia Practice, the foundation of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) care delivery.
20-Mar-2019 10:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Nursing Workforce Development Funds Chopped from Trump Budget Proposal

The AANA expresses concerns in response to President Trump's proposed cuts to Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development funding.
13-Mar-2019 2:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Ask Me Five: Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists Urge Patients to Be Proactive in Their Healthcare

Very often it's hard for a patient to know what to ask their anesthesia provider before they have surgery. The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists and its members offer five questions patients can ask to be proactive in their healthcare.
11-Mar-2019 4:30 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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