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Urgent CRNA Action Needed: WANA AA Bill

Anesthesiologist assistant advocate groups have introduced HB1038 in the Washington State House, which will license AAs in Washington and impact all CRNAs practicing in the state. Washington Association of Nurse Anesthetists is requesting that all CRNAs submit opposition to the bill through the Washington State Legislature Committee Sign-In process.   Click here to submit your opposition. Choose […]

AANA Appoints Ingrida Lusis as Deputy Chief Advocacy Officer

  ROSEMONT, Ill. – The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) has named Ingrida Lusis to serve as AANA’s Deputy Chief Advocacy Officer, effective Jan. 3, 2023. She will report to Chief Advocacy Officer Lorraine Jordan PhD, CRNA, CAE, FAAN. Lusis will lead both AANA’s federal and state advocacy teams in addition to the CRNA-PAC. “With […]

Role of CRNAs in Pain Management Included in Final CDC Clinical Practice Guidelines

AANA comments included in final CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids Rosemont, Ill. (AANA) – The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) applauds the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for providing more flexibility and clarity in their updated Clinical Practice Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids. The final guidelines include acknowledgment of the role of Certified Registered […]

Become a Fellow of the AANA (FAANA)

As a Fellow of the AANA, you are recognized as one of the most accomplished leaders in the profession of nurse anesthesiology. Earning the FAANA designation is a major career achievement that recognizes CRNAs as outstanding practitioners, educators, researchers, and advocates for the profession. The FAANA designation communicates a commitment to excellence in the profession […]

AANA Opposes Dangerous VA Anesthesia Legislation, Join Our Grassroots Now!

Last week, Rep. David Scott (D-GA) along with Reps. Mike Turner (OH-10) and Andrew Garbarino (R-NY) released the ironically named Protect Lifesaving Anesthesia Care for Veterans Act, which would limit access to anesthesia care for veterans and increase delays and costs. The bill seeks to ensure that the VA Secretary cannot implement full practice authority for […]

First Female African American Anesthetist Identified By Meharry Librarians

Nashville, TN (TN Tribune)—Katherine Carson Dandridge, RN, is the first known African American woman to become a nurse anesthetist, according to records from Meharry Medical College (MMC), a historically black medical college in Nashville, Tenn. MMC is the largest repository of historical, medical research and advancements for African Americans in the dental and medical health […]

Celebrate National CRNA Week: Trusted Anesthesia Experts on the Frontlines

A Celebration of CRNAs Since 2000, National CRNA Week has been our annual celebration of the more than 59,000 practicing nurse anesthetists in the U.S. From collaborating for transformative wins in healthcare policy to saving lives and advancing patient care, National CRNA Week gives the healthcare community and greater public alike the opportunity to reflect […]

AANA CEO Search Underway

Applications are now being accepted for position of AANA Chief Executive Officer. The AANA has partnered with Korn Ferry executive search firm to conduct a nationwide search. To work alongside Korn Ferry, the AANA Board of Directors has appointed a search committee composed of CRNAs, AANA staff, and former AANA presidents who have previous executive […]

Ask Congress to Support the Development of VA National Standards of Practice

We are asking that all DCANA members take two minutes out of their day to ask their U.S. Senators and Representative to contact U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Denis McDonough in support of the VA’s effort to establish National Standards of Practice for Healthcare Professionals, and to support allowing CRNAs to practice to […]