MINNEAPOLIS (Jan. 23, 2014) — St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges have each issued proclamations for this week’s National Nurse Anesthetists Week, which began Sun., Jan. 19, and ends, Sat., Jan. 25.
The President of the Minnesota Association of Nurse Anesthetists (MANA), Linda Huber, CRNA, RN, said Twin Cities Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) are joining their colleagues across the state and country to promote the theme of this year’s campaign.
"That theme – Our Priority. Our Passion. Our Patients. – emphasizes the high standards to which nurse anesthetists adhere when administering anesthesia, and the quality of care they provide for their patients,” said Huber.
The proclamations by both mayors noted the significant number of the state’s CRNAs who live and practice in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and the surrounding metropolitan area.
Mayor Coleman’s proclamation mentioned that approximately half of the state’s CRNAs practice in Saint Paul and the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Meanwhile, the proclamation by Mayor Hodges noted that three of the state’s four graduate anesthesia programs are in Minneapolis and its suburbs.
As both proclamations mentioned, Nurse anesthetists are advanced practice registered nurses who administer approximately 33-34 million anesthetics in the United States each year. They practice in every setting in which anesthesia is delivered – traditional hospital surgical suites and obstetrical delivery rooms; ambulatory surgical centers; Public Health Services; and the offices of dentists, podiatrists, ophthalmologists, and plastic surgeons.
To become a nurse anesthetist, a candidate must earn at least a master’s degree at an accredited graduate anesthesia program. The 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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