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January 22, 2020

Maria van Pelt, Ph.D., CRNA, FAAN, has been a nurse for 28 years and a certified registered nurse anesthetist for 22 years. She worked in Philadelphia nearly her entire career, having served as Program Director of the University of Pennsylvania Nurse Anesthesia Program...

January 20, 2020

This week marks CRNA Week in Pennsylvania, when patients, hospital administrators, health-care professionals, policy-makers, and others learn more about CRNAs and the work they do to keep patients safe and help reduce the cost of health care. The week-long celebration...

It’s up to us to tell our story to help patients, hospital administrators, health-care professionals, policy-makers, and others become more familiar with CRNAs and students who never leave their patient’s side during a procedure.

January 8, 2020

Brett Fadgen, a nurse anesthetist at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), was born without the lower portion of his right arm. As far as he knows, he is the only Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) in the country with one arm.

December 19, 2019

Pennsylvania’s nurse anesthetists are donating $4,000 to help the Mid-Penn Region of Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) with a new initiative to support the local chapter’s efforts to evolve the charity and its resources.

November 7, 2019

More than 650 military and civic leaders attended this inaugural event. PANA Board Member, Lt. Col. (R) Laura Wiggins, DNP, MSN, CRNA, represented PANA. Speaking to the longstanding history and legacy of CRNAs in the military, Laura highlighted the contributions that...

October 3, 2019

The CRNA graduates from Villanova University / CCMC Nurse Anesthesia Program are highly-qualified clinicians who are recruited across the country.

August 2, 2019

Brett was born with a congenital defect. His right arm ends just after his elbow. But the defect never slowed him down.

July 31, 2019

With 13 nurse anesthetist programs here, Pennsylvania ranks among the top draws nationally for CRNA students. But that could be at risk. Without an official CRNA designation, many graduating students wait as long as six months to get credentialed in out-of-state facili...

June 24, 2019

Pennsylvania remains one of just two states (New York is the other) that do not recognize CRNAs in some fashion. Under the state’s Professional Nursing Law, there is no official definition for “certified registered nurse anesthetist,” meaning these professionals are re...

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