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CRNA Week is January 23-29, 2022

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

  • CRNAs deliver anesthesia using the same procedures as physician anesthesiologists. They are involved in every aspect of anesthesia service—from conducting pre-anesthesia assessments to administering the anesthetic, from monitoring and interpreting a patient’s vital signs to managing the patient throughout the surgery.

  • CRNAs have an average of 3.5 years of critical care experience before entering a nurse anesthesia program. CRNAs are the only anesthesia professionals with this level of critical care experience prior to beginning formal anesthesia education.

  • CRNAs attain seven to eight years of education and work experience, as well as an average of 9,369 clinical hours of training.

  • Today’s CRNAs enter the workforce with a master’s or doctoral degree from a program accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA). By 2025, all CRNAs will receive a doctoral degree from a program accredited by the COA.

  • Nurse anesthesia care is 25% more cost effective than the next least costly anesthesia delivery model.

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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