Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists

A Healthcare Solution for Changing Times

Welcome to future-of-anesthesia-care-today.com, the online home of an educational campaign designed to help healthcare facility administrators and legislators make informed decisions about how best to deliver safe, high-quality, cost-effective anesthesia care in today’s ever-changing healthcare environment. Developed by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA), CRNAs: The Future of Anesthesia Care Today seeks to share information, answer questions and dispel myths about anesthesia care. The campaign also provides a comprehensive introduction to the Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), a critical member of the patient care team.

Why a CRNA?

CRNAs are highly educated, advanced practice registered nurses who deliver the same safe, high-quality anesthesia care as other anesthesia professionals,
but at a lower cost. > More


CRNA Stories

See first-hand how CRNAs enhance anesthesia care in today’s
healthcare system. > Go


Get Involved

Help us educate others about how CRNAs are perfectly suited to deliver high-quality, cost-effective anesthesia care today and well
into the future. > Go

"I have no problem working in a care team setting or as an independent anesthesia provider. If patients are our top priority, egos can’t get in the way."
Candy Chapman, CRNA

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About Anesthesia Care

Different Models, Same Quality Outcomes

At its core, anesthesia care is freedom from pain. Each year, millions of Americans undergo some form of medical treatment requiring anesthesia. In the hands of qualified professionals such as Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs), anesthesia is a safe and effective means of alleviating pain during nearly every type of medical procedure. > More

About CRNAs

Well Suited to Meet Today’s Healthcare Challenges

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) have been providing anesthesia care to patients in the United States for more than 150 years. CRNAs collaborate with surgeons, anesthesiologists, dentists, podiatrists, and other qualified healthcare professionals to deliver safe, high-quality, and cost effective patient care in virtually every healthcare setting. > More


Anesthesia Care and the Law

As costs continue to rise, healthcare policymakers are balancing a mandate by their constituents to make the system more efficient and accessible, all while maintaining safe, high-quality service delivery. Research suggests a CRNA-based anesthesia care model moves lawmakers a step closer to meeting that challenge. > More

Facility Administrators

Balancing Care… and Costs

Today’s healthcare administrators are consumed with challenges brought on by rapid change. The optimal facility management model is evolving from one that prioritizes healthcare delivery above all to one that rewards facilities for keeping people healthy and avoiding costly readmissions. > More

"We anesthetized infants, children, adults and the elderly for routine, trauma, obstetrical and emergency cases. The closest anesthesiologist was an hour away."
Dennis Gundersen, CRNA

"Being able to practice to the full extent of my capabilities has allowed me to make an impact on the
quality of my patients’ lives."
Brian Bradley, CRNA, MS.

Get Involved

Download and share fact sheets, infographics and other materials that explain how CRNAs are perfectly suited to deliver safe, high-quality, cost-effective anesthesia care in today’s ever-changing healthcare environment.

AANA Members - access additional campaign
resources in the member center.

CRNA Stories

Featured accounts of how CRNAs are helping healthcare providers meet today’s patient care challenges.

Share Your Story

Do you know of an exceptional CRNA who takes pride in helping America meet the challenges of our evolving healthcare environment? Please share your story idea by completing the form below. If selected, an AANA staff member will contact you to bring your story to life.