Category Archives: AANA Info

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 […]

AANA Joins Bipartisan Congressional Movement to Expand Use of Non-Opioid Pain Management

The COVID-19 pandemic captured much of the nation’s attention during the past year while America’s other epidemic, opioid addiction, continued to damage communities. To help increase access to the availability of non-opioid pain management treatments, the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) supports the recent introduction of the Non-Opioids Prevent Addiction in the Nation (NOPAIN) Act introduced […]

CRNA Records Experiences during the COVID-19 Pandemic: “Our role as CRNAs changed with COVID”

By Patti Flesher AANA Public Relations and Communications Although most COVID-19 patients recover without any additional health issues, some, called “long haulers,” have lingering effects such as loss of smell and taste, fatigue, and confusion. Knowing the risks, Michael Hartman, DNP, CRNA, clinical education coordinator and staff Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) at Lehigh Valley […]

National Academy of Medicine Report Emphasizes Importance of Removal of Barriers for CRNAs

A new report from the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) prioritizes several opportunities in the nursing profession for eliminating healthcare disparities, including the permanent removal of barriers to nursing care that were enacted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and other key initiatives of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA). Third in a series of reports, […]

Black History Month Spotlight: Marjorie Kelly Wilkins

DULUTH, MN– In this week’s Black History Month series we’re taking a closer look at a prominent African American Duluth woman, Marjorie Kelly Wilkins, the namesake of Myers-Wilkins Elementary. Many people now call her a trailblazer, including her only son, Alan Wilkins, “I reference my mom every single day.” Growing up, Alan’s mom was constantly […]

Nurse Anesthetists Among Most Utilized Healthcare Providers, According to CMS

PARK RIDGE, Ill., Jan. 18, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — (AANA) — A new report from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services provides data that indicate Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) are among the most utilized healthcare providers in the nation. According to this data, CRNAs were among the top 20 specialties that served the most […]

CRNA Advocacy Alert: Tell HHS you support the permanent removal of supervision

This spring the Medicare agency temporarily waived physician supervision requirements, allowing CRNAs to function to the full extent of their training and licensure during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Now, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to determine the costs and benefits of making this […]