MINNEAPOLIS (Jan. 14, 2014) — Ardell F. Brede has proclaimed Jan. 19-25 as Nurse Anesthetists Week in the city of Rochester, home of the oldest continuously operating school of nurse anesthesia in the U.S.
Brede’s proclamation noted that, "The nurse anesthesia specialty began here in Rochester at the Mayo Clinic in 1889,” and remains "home to one of Minnesota’s four graduate programs in nurse anesthesia.”
According to Linda Huber, CRNA, RN, president of the Minnesota Association of Nurse Anesthetists (MANA), nurse anesthetists at Rochester’s Mayo Clinic were leaders in the development of modern anesthesia techniques. They paved the way for the advanced surgical innovations of the last century such as heart surgery and limb replacements.
One of these nurses, Alice Magaw, was dubbed the "mother of anesthesia” by Dr. Charles Mayo for her significant contributions to the field of anesthesiology.
"She continuously helped refine and record the anesthesia innovations at the clinic from the late 19th into the early 20th century,” said Huber. "In 1906, she published the results of her work in Surgery, Gynecology, and Obstetrics, becoming one of the first persons who was not a physician to author an article in a medical journal.”
The article, "A review of Over 14,000 Surgical Anesthetics” documented more than 14,000 anesthetic procedures without a single complication attributable to anesthesia.
Less than a decade later, nurse anesthetists volunteered to bring their new techniques to the front lines during World War I. Today CRNAs are the main hands-on provider of anesthesia care in both military and civilian settings. They are the primary providers of anesthesia care in rural America, and the sole anesthesia providers in nearly 100 percent of all rural hospitals.
CRNAs practice in every setting in which anesthesia is administered. That includes, but is not limited to, hospital operating and delivery rooms; ambulatory surgical centers; the offices of dentists, podiatrists, ophthalmologists, plastic surgeons; pain management centers; and within the U.S. Military, Public Health Services, and Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities.
As Advanced Practice Nurses, CRNAs must have completed a master’s degree program at an accredited anesthesia school. A CRNA candidate must also be a licensed registered nurse and have a least one year of experience in an acute care setting – such as an ICU or emergency room. Successful candidates must have a passed a national certification exam and obtain a minimum of 40 hours of continuing education every two years.
National Nurse Anesthetists Week was established by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) to encourage CRNAs to educate the public about anesthesia safety and the benefits of receiving anesthesia care from nurse anesthetists.
About the Minnesota Association of Nurse Anesthetists MANA, with nearly 1,500 members, represents the nurse anesthesia profession in Minnesota. More information on nurse anesthesia can be found on its website www.mnana.org or on the AANA website, www.aana.com.
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