National CRNA Week | Jan. 22-28, 2023
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) are America’s original anesthesia experts. This highly respected profession traces its origins to the 1860s, when nurses eased the suffering of wounded soldiers in the Civil War.
That same culture of safe, responsible care continues today --- from operating rooms and surgical centers, serving patients and families faithfully --- to the front lines of combat, serving side by side with America’s military personnel.
Nurse anesthetists are among the nation’s most trusted professions, delivering specialized, cost-effective care to all patients --- from newborns to seniors --- for every type of procedure in all types of facilities.
Today, there are nearly 66,000 CRNAs and nurse anesthesia students nationwide, with more than 3,700 in the commonwealth alone. That’s why we celebrate CRNA Week in Pennsylvania each year. Because when seconds count … in war and in peace … CRNAs are there.
EXPERTS YOU CAN TRUST.
CARE YOU CAN COUNT ON.
CRNAs operate safely in every setting where anesthesia is administered, including: hospital operating and delivery rooms; ambulatory surgical centers; the offices of dentists, podiatrists, ophthalmologists, and plastic surgeons; pain management centers and more.
CRNAs remain the primary providers of anesthesia care in rural America and medically underserved areas. Without CRNAs, some 1,500 facilities would not be able to maintain services, forcing many rural Americans to travel long distances for such services.
CRNAs are the hands-on providers of anesthesia care. Studies by nationally recognized health-care policy and research organizations prove that CRNAs provide high-quality care, even for rare and difficult procedures.
CRNAs are battle-tested providers. Nurse anesthetists remain the primary anesthesia providers in austere combat theaters and commonly are the only anesthesia providers in the military’s forward surgical teams.
Pennsylvania ranks among the top states for CRNA students, with 14 nurse anesthetist programs spread out across our state. Education and training are rigorous. The average nurse anesthetist completes 9,000 clinical hours.