National CRNA Week | Jan. 21-27, 2024
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.
CELEBRATING National CRNA Week
Jan. 21-27, 2024
FAST FACTS ABOUT CRNAs
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) are the hands-on providers of anesthesia care, operating 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 were the first professional group to provide anesthesia in the United States and are the oldest recognized group of advanced practice registered nurse specialists in the country, first providing anesthesia to wounded soldiers during the Civil War. That tradition continues today, with CRNAs remaining the primary anesthesia providers in the U.S. military’s austere combat theaters.
With their advanced training and vast clinic experience, CRNAs play a critical role in addressing rising health-care costs, protecting patient health, and ensuring access to quality care, especially in rural and underserved areas, where they enable health-care facilities to provide obstetrical, surgical, pain management and trauma stabilization services they otherwise would not be able to offer.
That’s what makes CRNAs the experts you can trust … for care you can count on.
A Message from PANA Communications Chair, Sarah Trau