National CRNA Week is the annual celebration of the nation’s nearly 57,000 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists and Student Registered Nurse Anesthetists. CRNA Week was established in 2000 by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) to recognize the efforts of CRNA to provide safe and effective anesthesia care to patients.
CRNAs play an integral role in the healthcare of rural Americans. CRNAs represent more than 80% of the anesthesia providers in rural counties. Many rural hospitals are critical access hospitals, which often rely on independently practicing CRNAs for anesthesia care.
As the sole anesthesia providers in most rural hospitals, CRNAs enable patients to receive obstetrical, surgical, pain management, and trauma stabilization services without traveling long distances to urban medical facilities. Millions of rural Americans count on CRNAs for convenient, safe, cost-effective anesthesia care.
As rural hospitals continue to face COVID-19 along with other financial challenges, CRNAs are delivering high-quality care, and they are helping facilities save money and stay open to serve their communities. As the demand for healthcare continues to grow, increasing the number of CRNAs will be key to containing costs while maintaining quality care.
CRNAs are Highly Educated, Experienced Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (Information below is from www.anesthesiafacts.com)
At Wapiti, we know that CRNAs are a vital part of our healthcare system, and we recognize the value they bring to the medical community. Wapiti celebrates CRNAs today and every day!
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