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AANA Supports Improvements to Rural Health Access

To provide high-quality, value-based healthcare for millions of patients living in the nation’s rural communities, the White House issued an executive order on Aug. 3 that calls on the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to report on...
6-Aug-2020 3:10 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Oklahoma Opts Out of Physician Supervision of CRNAs

Oklahoma is now the 19th state to opt out from federal regulations that require physician supervision of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs). The governors of 18 states and Guam have exercised such exemptions prior to the Centers for...
4-Aug-2020 10:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Ladan Eshkevari Honored as 2020 Star Nurse by The Washington Post

The Washington Post recently selected Ladan Eshkevari, PhD, CRNA, LAc., FAAN, as a 2020 Star NurseTM. Eshkevari, a member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA), is an associate professor at the Georgetown University Medical...
22-Jul-2020 1:40 PM EDT Add to Favorites

AANA Supports CMS Action to Cut Red Tape for Providers

Leaders of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) are encouraged by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announcement on the creation of the Office of Burden Reduction and Health Informatics in an effort to “cut red...
24-Jun-2020 6:50 PM EDT Add to Favorites

AANA Partners with 47 Nursing Organizations to Remove Practice Barriers in the VA

In a letter today, the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) partnered with 47 national nursing organizations to request support for the Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Directive 1899 to permanently remove barriers and allow Certified...
19-May-2020 4:30 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Nurse Anesthetists Responding to COVID-19 in Rural America

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) stand at the ready as the threat of COVID-19 threatens the nation’s rural communities. CRNAs are the primary provider of anesthesia care in rural America. The AANA has partnered with the National...
14-May-2020 2:55 PM EDT Add to Favorites

AANA Leaders Prove Now is the Time for Evidence-Based Policy in the VA, not Politics

AANA President Kate Jansky, MHS, CRNA, APRN, USA LTC (ret), and AANA CEO Randall D. Moore, DNP, MBA, CRNA—both veterans—addressed a series of “misleading” and “inflammatory” assertions made by the American Society of Anesthesiologists...
11-May-2020 12:40 PM EDT Add to Favorites

AANA Partners with 24 Organizations to Ensure Access to Quality Patient Care

The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) has partnered with 24 national organizations to request HHS Secretary Alex Azar support key provisions of the U.S. president’s executive order #13890, which provides a path to the permanent...
21-Apr-2020 4:05 PM 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 54,000 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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