Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists Week January 21st-25, 2013
Rhode Island Association of Nurse Anesthetists is proud to announce that Rhode Island now has over 160 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists providing exceptional anesthesia care. Being the smallest state, we have managed to attract some of the best and well trained “Gas Passers” in the country.
Despite Rhode Island’s high tax rates and cost of living, CRNAs are attracted to our small State due to the use of modern technological advancement in medicine at our area hospitals. These new technologies and advancements are attracting new graduates and seasoned CRNA’s as well.
Rhode Island’s “Gas Passers” are Highly trained and certified Masters level Registered Nurses that have received a degree in Nurse Anesthesia from an accredited Anesthesia Program.
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) have been providing anesthesia care to patients in the United States for 150 years. More than 45,000 of the nation’s nurse anesthetists (including CRNAs and student registered nurse anesthetists) are members of the AANA (or, greater than 90 percent of all U.S. nurse anesthetists).
CRNAs are who utilize the latest anesthetic agents and techniques to provide safe, high quality anesthesia to all of our patients. There are roughly 160 CRNAs practicing in Rhode Island’s best hospitals, Surgery centers, and physician offices. Rhode Island is also home to two nationally accredited and recognized Nurse Anesthesia Schools, Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island School of Nurse Anesthesia and St. Joseph Hospital School of Anesthesia for Nurses.
The credential CRNA (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist) came into existence in 1956. CRNAs are anesthesia professionals who safely administer more than 33 million anesthetics to patients each year in the United States, according to the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) 2011 Practice Profile Survey.
CRNAs are the primary providers of anesthesia care in rural America, enabling healthcare facilities in these medically underserved areas to offer obstetrical, surgical, pain management and trauma stabilization services. In some states, CRNAs are the sole providers in nearly 100 percent of the rural hospitals.
CRNAs practice in every setting in which anesthesia is delivered: traditional hospital surgical suites and obstetrical delivery rooms; critical access hospitals; ambulatory surgical centers; the offices of dentists, podiatrists, ophthalmologists, plastic surgeons, and pain management specialists; and U.S. military, Public Health Services, and Department of Veterans Affairs healthcare facilities.
Nurse anesthetists have been the main providers of anesthesia care to U.S. military personnel on the front lines since WWI, including current conflicts in the Middle East. Nurses first provided anesthesia to wounded soldiers during the Civil War.
The Rhode Island Association of Nurse Anesthetists (RIANA) is committed to the advance of science, safety, and art of Anesthesia. We represent all Registered Nurse Anesthetists in Rhode Island, and are committed to promote the best interests of our members.