Nurse Anesthesia Week - Press Release

Nurse Anesthetist

National Nurse Anesthetists Week

January 20-26, 2013

In recognition of their profession’s long history and enduring record of patient safety, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and CRNA students at UC and across the country are celebrating the 14th annual National Nurse Anesthetists Week, January 20-26, 2013, with this year’s theme of “Quality and Excellence in Anesthesia Care.”

Established by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA), National Nurse Anesthetists Week was created to encourage CRNAs to take the opportunity to educate the public about anesthesia safety, questions to ask prior to undergoing surgery, and the benefits of receiving anesthesia care from nurse anesthetists.

The theme of this year’s campaign emphasizes the high standards which CRNAs adhere to when administering anesthesia.

“One rewarding aspect of nurse anesthesia is letting patients know that I will be with them the entire time. I try to emphasize that I will make sure they are as comfortable as possible during the procedure, and when they wake up,” said Grant Goodall - Student Nurse Anesthetist at UC. “I think fear of pain is a big issue for a lot of surgical patients, and its very satisfying to help them through that.”

Nurse anesthetists are advanced practice registered nurses who administer approximately 33 million anesthetics in the United States each year. Practicing in every setting where anesthesia is available, CRNAs are the sole anesthesia professionals in the vast majority of 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.

“One of the most rewarding things about the nurse anesthesia program here at UC is being able to formulate a plan to safely anesthetize a patient, and then see how it unfolds. Its very gratifying to give a medication and see it instantly improve a patient’s situation,” said Anthony Wehby, senior anesthesia student. “Its also nice to be a part of a well-established program like we have here at UC- It is the fourth oldest program in the nation.”

About the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists

Founded in 1931 and located in Park Ridge, Ill., the AANA is the professional organization for more than 45,000 nurse anesthetists. As advanced practice registered nurses, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) are anesthesia professionals who safely administer more than 33 million anesthetics to patients each year in the United States. CRNAs practice in every setting where anesthesia is available and in some states are the sole anesthesia providers in nearly 100 percent of all rural hospitals. Additional information about the AANA and a career in nurse anesthesia is available at