Nurse Anesthetists Celebrate a Career Far Beyond the Ordinary

For Immediate Release
January 21, 2013
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Park Ridge, Ill. -- This week (January 20–26, 2013), Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and student nurse anesthetists will honor the nurse anesthesia profession during the 14th annual National Nurse Anesthetists Week observance.
Touting the theme of this year’s campaign: “Patient Care Extraordinaire,” nurse anesthetists and student nurse anesthetists across the country will organize educational programs and charitable events within their local communities promote patient safety and education.
“National Nurse Anesthetists Week is the perfect opportunity to celebrate a profession that we are extremely proud of, and educate others on the importance of patient safety. Whether it is through hosting an informational session about the quality of care CRNAs provide their patients, or providing tips on preparing to undergo anesthesia, our goal is to bring awareness to the role nurse anesthetists play and help ensure that patients are educated about anesthesia safety,” said Janice J. Izlar, CRNA, DNAP, president of the 45,000-member American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA).
Nurse anesthetists pride themselves on providing exceptional patient care by remaining with their patients through their entire surgical procedure monitoring their vital signs and ensuring their safety. As part of its ongoing commitment to patient safety and education, the AANA works along aside other healthcare providers through its partnerships with the Council on Surgical & Perioperative Safety and National Patient Safety Foundation.
National Nurse Anesthetists Week was created by the AANA to encourage CRNAs to take the opportunity to educate the public about anesthesia safety, and the benefits of receiving anesthesia care from nurse anesthetists.
“This week serves an opportunity to emphasize the high standards in which CRNAs adhere to and the quality of care we provide when administering anesthesia,” said Izlar.