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.
According to the AANA, CRNAs practice in all 50 states and in the military, safely providing more than 45 million anesthetics each year. 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 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
- CRNAs deliver anesthesia using the same procedures as physician anesthesiologists.
- 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).
- CRNAs are qualified to administer every type of anesthesia to all types of patients in any healthcare setting. Nurse anesthetists deliver comprehensive care using all accepted anesthetic techniques including general, regional, sedation, local, and pain management.
At Wapiti, we believe that CRNAs are an integral part of our healthcare system and we recognize the value they bring to the medical community. Wapiti celebrates CRNAs today and every day!