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CPC Assessment Options Added: Can Be Taken at Home or Testing Center

The NBCRNA recognizes the CRNA community’s desire for more flexibility and convenience in their path of continuing certification. The results of the NBCRNA’s recent CPC Assessment (CPCA) Beta Research Study and a nationwide benchmarking study also support choice and ease in the assessment process. The NBCRNA therefore announces that when the CPCA rolls out beginning […]

NBCRNA Announces Removal of Pass/Fail Requirement for the CPC Assessment

The NBCRNA recently conducted both an extensive Beta Research Study on the CPC Assessment (CPCA) involving the participation of more than 1,500 CRNAs, as well as a national benchmarking study. After careful consideration of the results and data from those studies, the NBCRNA Board of Directors made the decision at their January 2019 meeting to remove […]

DC Area CRNAs for Anesthesia Device Evaluation

Healthcare Human Factors is recruiting anesthesia providers (Anesthesiologists, Fellows, Residents, CRNAs, & CAAs) to participate in an anesthesia device evaluation. This is to ensure the product design is safe, usable, and satisfies users’ clinical/workflow requirements. The evaluation will be held at the GWU Clinical Learning and Simulation Skills Center between Jan 26 – Mar 6. The […]

Updated CRNA Fact Sheet – September 2018

The CRNA Fact Sheet widely used for lobbying, testimony, and other purposes by the AANA, state associations and individual members, has been updated with the latest facts and figures on nurse anesthetists and the AANA: History Nurse anesthetists have been providing anesthesia care to patients in the United States for more than 150 years. The […]

Breaking Advocacy News: Restrictive Novitas LCD will not be Implemented

Dear AANA Members,   In early July I wrote to the AANA membership about the latest anti-CRNA activities of Novitas Solutions, a Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC). At the time, Novitas had just released a final draft local coverage determination (LCD) which, if implemented on August 16 as scheduled, would establish policy that would not recognize […]

Nurse Anesthesiologist – A New Descriptor for CRNAs

This past February, the AANA Board of Directors created the Nurse Anesthesiologist Descriptor Task Force and charged it with analyzing the pros and cons of the AANA recognizing the descriptor “nurse anesthesiologist” for use by CRNAs. After more than five months of information gathering, analysis, and discussion, the task force presented its recommendations to the […]

New State Opioid Collaborative Toolkit Available Online

As the opioid crisis surges throughout the US, there are many opportunities for CRNAs to be involved and advocate for solutions through leadership or participation in collaborative initiatives within their community.  Each state’s opioid epidemic experience, resources and needs are unique. Therefore, state leaders and the AANA have developed a toolkit to provide considerations for […]

IFNA World Conference

Donna Jasinski, PhD, CRNA, DCANA Board Member, attended the International Federation of Nurse Anesthetists (IFNA) World Conference in June 2018. This wonderful event was held in a historic conference center in Budapest Hungary (photo attached). It was well attended by nurse anesthetists from around the world and every continent was represented except South America. The […]