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California Association of Nurse Anesthetists
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Welcome to CANA

Nurse anesthetists have been administering anesthesia to patients in the United States for over 150 years, ever since the Civil War.

The credential CRNA (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist) came into existence in 1956. CRNAs are anesthesia professionals who safely administer more than 34 million anesthetics to patients each year in the United States, according to the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) 2012 Practice Profile Survey.

CRNAs are the primary providers of anesthesia care in rural America, enabling healthcare facilities in 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.

According to a 1999 report from the Institute of Medicine, anesthesia care is nearly 50 times safer than it was in the early 1980s. Numerous peer reviewed outcomes studies have demonstrated there is no difference in the quality of care provided by CRNAs and their physician counterparts (Pine, 2003; Simonson, 2009; Dulisse et al, 2010; Hogan, 2010; Cochrane Collaboration, 2014).

CRNAs administer anesthesia in collaboration with surgeons, anesthesiologists, dentists, podiatrists, and other qualified healthcare professionals. When anesthesia is administered by a nurse anesthetist, it is recognized as the practice of nursing; when administered by an anesthesiologist, it is recognized as the practice of medicine. Regardless whether their educational background is in nursing or medicine, CRNAs and physician anesthesia professionals give anesthesia the same way.