National Nurses Week Celebrated by Anesthesia Professionals

For Immediate Release
May 6, 2013
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Park Ridge, Ill. – National Nurses Week is being recognized by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) in celebration of the many ways America’s 3.1 million registered nurses work to save lives and improve the health of millions of individuals. Annually, National Nurses Week begins on May 6, marked as RN Recognition Day, and ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, founder of nursing as a modern profession.
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) are advanced practice registered nurses who administer more than 34 million anesthetics to patients in the United States each year. Candidates for nurse anesthesia school must first earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing or another appropriate baccalaureate degree, become a licensed registered nurse, and work for a minimum of one year in an acute care setting before applying to an accredited program leading to a masters or doctorate degree in anesthesia. 
“I would encourage anyone with a desire to make a positive difference in the healthcare of others to consider the nursing profession as a career choice,” said AANA President Janice Izlar, CRNA, DNAP. “Nursing is extremely rewarding personally and professionally and provides individuals with abundant career opportunities, whether you choose to be an educator, administrator, or clinician, or pursue an advanced nursing specialty. After more than 30 years, I still greatly enjoy the profession of nurse anesthesia.”
National Nurses Week is devoted to highlighting the diverse ways in which registered nurses, who comprise the largest healthcare profession, are working to improve healthcare.  From bed side nursing in hospitals and long-term care facilities to the halls of research institutions, state legislatures, and Congress, the depth and breadth of the nursing profession is meeting the expanding healthcare needs of American society.