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CMS Suspends Supervision Requirements for CRNAs

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has temporarily suspended physician supervision requirements for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs)—an action that the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) deems a...
31-Mar-2020 3:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

AANA and VA Partner to Care for Veterans During COVID-19 Pandemic

The AANA has partnered with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to meet the needs of our nation’s veterans during the COVID-19 pandemic.
26-Mar-2020 6:30 PM EDT Add to Favorites

AANA Issues Statement on the Use of Self-Supplied Personal Protective Equipment

The AANA has issued the following position statement to support healthcare workers on the use of self-supplied personal protective equipment (PPE).
25-Mar-2020 6:25 PM EDT Add to Favorites

AANA, ASA and APSF Issue Joint Statement on Use of Personal Protective Equipment During COVID-19 Pandemic

As anesthesia professionals are at an increased risk of exposure in caring for patients diagnosed with COVID-19, the AANA, the ASA, and APSF issued a joint statement today on the best use of personal protective equipment during the pandemic.
20-Mar-2020 1:55 PM EDT Add to Favorites

AANA CEO Attends White House Meeting to Discuss COVID-19 Response

The chief executive officer of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, met with members of the Trump Administration March 18 to convey the top priorities of nurses and other healthcare providers.
19-Mar-2020 12:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

AANA Updates COVID-19 Resources for Anesthesia Professions

As the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic unfolds, healthcare professionals such as Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) are facing an unprecedented, ever-evolving crisis.
16-Mar-2020 7:15 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Patient Safety Awareness Week: CRNAs Set the Standard for Safe and Effective Anesthesia Care

In honor of Patient Safety Awareness Week (March 8-14, 2020), Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) want patients to know that nurse anesthetists are not only patient safety practitioners, they are patient safety experts. CRNAs plan and...
9-Mar-2020 12:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

AANA’s COVID-19 Resources: Keeping Providers and Patients Safe During Surgery

The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) has compiled resources to help Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) develop strategic steps for managing patients with expected or confirmed infection of the Coronavirus Disease 2019...
4-Mar-2020 4:50 PM EST 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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