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CRNAs Celebrate National Nurse Anesthetist Week PDF Print
Written by Steve Frank   
Sunday, 23 January 2011 20:26

January 23-29, 2011 is National Nurse Anesthetist Week. Established by the American Association of Nurse Anesthestists (AANA) in 2000, National Nurse Anesthetists Week was created to highlight the profession of nurse anesthesia and encourage Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) to educate the public about anesthesia safety, answer questions regarding anesthesia and surgery and promote the benefits of receiving anesthesia care from nurse anesthetists.

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists are advanced practice nurses who achieve a specialized, graduate-level education in anesthesiology. CRNAs administer approximately 30 million anesthetics in the United States each year. Practicing in every setting where anesthesia is available, CRNAs are often the sole anesthesia providers in many rural hospitals, and have been the main provider of anesthesia care to U.S. service men and women on the front lines since World War I. In fact, anesthesia today is nearly 50 times safer than it was just 25 years ago.

In honor of the patients they care for each and every day and CRNAs around the world, Appalachian Regional Healthcare System's CRNAs celebrate this special week. To learn more about the profession of Nurse Anesthesia, visit

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