AANA Answering the Call Video

​During the American Civil War, wounded soldiers were cared for by a new healthcare specialist: the nurse anesthetist. Among the nurse anesthetists who pioneered this profession, Catherine Lawrence was the first nurse known to administer anesthesia on the battlefield during and after the second Battle of Bull Run near Washington, D.C. Sister Mary Bernard is believed to be the first officially recognized nurse anesthetist. Find out more about nurse anesthetists answering the call to administer anesthesia, from the battlefields of the Civil War to the high-tech healthcare facilities of today, in the seven-minute video below.

 Answering the Call