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June 4, 2020

Gov. Tom Wolf is ending the stay-at-home order he issued March 6 to stop the spread of COVID-19 but renewing for at least 90 days his disaster declaration to deliver extra support to state agencies involved in response and recovery.

May 11, 2020

Certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) are battle-tested providers, joining all our military’s medical personnel deployed in the fight against COVID-19.

May 6, 2020

Temporary blanket waiver affects many advanced practice nurses; Removing physician supervision requirement will expand the capacity of both physicians and CRNAs to meet growing demand and enhance hands-on care

May 5, 2020

While most Americans were hunkering down at home and sheltering in place in the face of the global pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus, Denise Skradski of Butler County was doing what she was trained to do by jumping headfirst into a COVID-19 hotspot.

Skradski, a c...

April 20, 2020

Two-thirds (67%) of Pennsylvania voters support professional designation for certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs), including those who identify as Republican (59%), Democrat (75%) and Independent (62%), according to results of a statewide public opinion poll...

April 17, 2020

PANA President Angelarosa DiDonato and PANA Federal Political Director Laura Wiggins outlined the work of CRNAs and the challenges they face during a taping of the statewide public affairs TV program, “Pennsylvania Newsmakers,” which is set to begin airing this weekend...

April 15, 2020

To protect its members, the PANA board voted in March to have masks made for members who need them, or for those who may have been working in facilities where PPE was limited or quantities were diminishing. The focus was on those in hospitals in direct response and oth...

CRNAs possess a skillset uniquely suited to aid in management of this crisis. Most have cared for patients as sick as, or even more acutely ill than, the COVID-19 patient. In the operating room, the nurse anesthetist serves as the frontline, critical care intensivist;...

But even though they play a critical role, Pennsylvania's nurse anesthetists aren't given by law what is called a title designation: They can't practice except under the supervision of an anesthesiologist. That, said its trade association the Pennsylvania A...

March 31, 2020

Pennsylvania CRNAs aren’t just frontline workers helping our commonwealth respond to the coronavirus pandemic. Often time these highly skilled professionals have to serve as caretakers for ailing friends and family members, too.

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