Celebrating Trusted Anesthesia Experts During National CRNA Week 2024

AUGUSTA, Maine – Celebrating National CRNA Week from Jan. 21-27, 2024, certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) across the country are highlighting their crucial role in providing over 50 million anesthetics to patients annually. In Maine, there are 350 CRNAs, who, like their counterparts nationwide, are recognized for their expertise and commitment to the safety and well-being of patients. This year, the theme “Trusted Anesthesia Experts” emphasizes CRNAs’ place among the most trusted professions, according to Gallup.

CRNAs play a vital role in delivering high-quality anesthesia care in a variety of settings, from hospital surgical suites and obstetrical delivery rooms to critical access hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, and military service. Their extensive education and training, averaging eight to eight and a half years, equip them with the necessary expertise to ensure patient comfort and safety during surgical procedures. Additionally, in rural areas, CRNAs serve as the primary providers of anesthesia care, representing over 80% of the anesthesia providers in rural U.S. counties.

Moreover, the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) established CRNA Week in 2000 to raise awareness about anesthesia safety and the benefits of receiving anesthesia care from CRNAs. This platform allows the healthcare community and the public to recognize the invaluable contributions of CRNAs and nurse anesthesiology residents, showcasing their expertise and resilience in frontline patient care.

As part of their annual celebration, the Maine Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (MEANA) members select a local charity to support during January. This year, they have partnered with Honor Flight Maine, a meaningful initiative that reflects their commitment to philanthropy and community engagement. MEANA’s dedication to raising awareness about CRNAs’ essential role in patient care and its charitable efforts demonstrates the profession’s ongoing impact on both healthcare delivery and local communities.