National CRNA Week celebrates the 53,000+ Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists and student registered nurse anesthetists who safely and cost-effectively provide more than 45 million anesthetics each year.
Established by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) in 2000, this year marks the 20th annual recognition of National CRNA Week. Originally termed National Nurse Anesthetist Week, it was renamed National CRNA Week in 2014, to help familiarize patients, healthcare professionals, administrators and policymakers with the CRNA credential and exceptional advanced practice registered nurses who have earned it.
This annual celebration encourages CRNAs to educate the public about the safe and efficient anesthesia care provided by nurse anesthetists. Providing anesthesia care for more than 150 years, CRNAs are essential to our healthcare system, oftentimes being the sole provider in medically underserved areas.
This week, OAAPN reflects on how CRNAs dedicate themselves to each of their patients before, during and after surgery. CRNAs are there for every heartbeat, every breath, and every second.