Promotional Ideas, Events

National CRNA Week

Posted March 10, 2014

Duke University Student Registered Nurse Anesthetists' Volunteer Activities
Posted January 31, 2014

Posted January 30, 2014

Posted January 24, 2014

Posted January 24, 2014
Jim Albrecht, with the Wisconsin Association of Nurse Anesthetists, says CRNAs help keep health expenses down and provide much needed care to rural areas, which are often underserved. CRNAs allow those rural areas to offer obstetrical, surgical, pain management and trauma stabilization services.
WKOW (Madison, Wis.), January 21, 2014 

Commonwealth Health/University of Scranton School of Anesthesia

WTMA Interview with Angela Mund, CRNA, DNP (.mp3)
WTMA 1250 AM, North Charleston, S.C. Interview posted with permission.
Posted February 14, 2013

AANA Staff Learns About CRNAs
Posted February 11, 2013 

Excela Health School of Anesthesia
Posted February 8, 2013

South Carolina Association of Nurse Anesthetists
Posted February 5, 2013

C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, University of Michigan Health System
Habitat for Humanity Volunteerism
Posted February 5, 2013

Sinai-Grace and Detroit Receiving Hospitals

Kansas Association of Nurse Anesthetists
KANA Lobbying Day with Gov. Sam Brownback (R-KS).
Posted January 29, 2013

Midwestern University Nurse Anesthesia Program
National Nurse Anesthetists Week 2013 Food Drive
Posted January 25, 2013 

Stanford Hospital and Clinics
National Nurse Anesthetists Week 2013
Posted January 25, 2013
National Day of Service
Posted January 23, 2013

Duke University Medical Center and Duke University Nurse Anesthesia Program

Oregon Association of Nurse Anesthetists
Statewide Volunteer Event, National Nurse Anesthetists Week 2012

York College of Pennsylvania/WellSpan Health Nurse Anesthetists
CRNA Dance-A-Thon Fundraiser, National Nurse Anesthetists Week 2012

The Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists (PANA), Harrisburg, Pa.
Posted April 4, 2011

Truman Medical Center School of Nurse Anesthesia, Kansas City, Mo.
National Nurse Anesthetists Week 2011 Kick-Off Event
Posted March 21, 2011

Duke University, Durham, N.C.
National Nurse Anesthetists Week 2011 Activities
Posted March 17, 2011

Wyoming Valley Health Care System/University of Scranton, Scranton, Pa.
National Nurse Anesthetists Week 2011—January 23-29, 2011
Posted February 22, 2011

Kaiser Permanente Fontana and Ontario Medical Centers, Fontana and Ontario, Calif.
National Nurse Anesthetists Week 2011—Open House Buffet for Staff and Physicians
Posted February 18, 2011

The Massachusetts Association of Nurse Anesthetists (MANA) had their 7th Annual MANA Celebrates National Nurse Anesthetists Week (NNAW) Event at Wachusett Mountain, in Princeton, Mass., on Saturday, January 29, 2011.
This was a free event for MANA members and their families that also included breakfast and lunch and the opportunity to purchase discounted ski lift tickets. Members enjoyed earning continuing education credits in the morning and spending time on the slopes with their families in the afternoon. Ratings for this year's lecture, "Massachusetts Health Care Reform: How It May Affect Your Livelihood and What You Can Do About It," averaged 4.5, (where 4 = very good and 5 = excellent).
Comments from attendees included:
  • This was one of the best and most informative meetings I've been to in years.
  • Exceeded expectations.
  • This was an excellent program. I found it very informative and well presented. Thank you!
 Members of the Massachusetts Association of Nurse Anesthetists Listen to a Lecture

Members of the Massachusetts Association of Nurse Anesthetists (MANA) listen to the lecture, "Massachusetts Health Care Reform: How It May Affect Your Livelihood and What You Can Do About It."

Skiing Down Wachusett Mountain in Princeton, Mass.

The families of MANA members, (and the general public) "hit the slopes" at Wachusett Mountain, in Princeton, Mass.

Students from the Nurse Anesthesia Program at Northeastern University

Nurse Anesthesia Students from Northeastern University attend the Massachusetts Association of Nurse Anesthetists' 2011 National Nurse Anesthetists Week Celebration.


Nurse Anesthetists Week 2011 at CarolinaEast Health System in New Bern, N.C.
A gathering of CRNAs—past, present, and future. Clinical students from Duke University and the Raleigh School of Nurse Anesthesia participated in the National Nurse Anesthetists Week event. The students had an opportunity to meet with guest, Ms. Betty King, a retired CRNA. She shared her experiences with the students regarding the advancement of the nurse anesthesia practice.
Nurse Anesthetists Week 2011 at CarolinaEast Health System in New Bern, N.C.

Kneeling: Lori Bizzell, nurse anesthesia student from Duke University

Seated: Betty King, retired CRNA

Standing left to right: Director of Perioperative Services Robin Schaefer, CRNA, MSNA, FACHE; Clinical Site Coordinator Michelle Harris, CRNA; Shawna Coker, nurse anesthesia student from Raleigh School of Nurse Anesthesia; Brigid Farrell, nurse anesthesia student from Raleigh School of Nurse Anesthesia; Cindy Bojonell, CRNA, CarolinaEast Health System; Manager of PeriAnesthesia Services Julie Pearson, CRNA, PhD; and April Schmidt, nurse anesthesia student from Duke University.


CRNAs from Watauga Medical Center, Boone, N.C. did the following activities during
National Nurse Anesthetists Week:
  1. A cable TV announcement of National Nurse Anesthetists Week listed the names of the Watauga Medical Center (WMC) CRNAs. It was featured on Channel 2 continuously between Friday, January 21 and Sunday, January 29. The station covers two North Carolina counties, with 25,000 viewers in Watauga County and 11,000 viewers in Avery county.
  2. Cards (see below) were sent to U.S. Congresswoman Virginia Foxx, U.S. Senator Richard Burr, U.S. Senator Kay Hagan, North Carolina Representative Jonathan Jordan, and North Carolina Senator Dan Soucek.
  3. An invitation was hand delivered on Monday, January 24 to each of the local surgeons and key hospital administrators with large Norman Rockwell tins filled with individually wrapped double chocolate chip cookies, to be enjoyed by the surgeons and administrators as well as their staff.
  4. A poster presentation was given in front of the hospital cafeteria with posters and the Anesthesia questions and answers from the AANA website.
  5. A local newspaper press release was sent out with a recent picture of the WMC CRNAs featured. It was to run in either Mountain Times or Watauga Democrat papers with a circulation of more than 40,000.

2011 - North Carolina Thinking of You Card 

This card (see No. 2 above) was sent to various senators and representatives.



Columbia University School of Nursing Program in Nurse Anesthesia, New York, N.Y., Celebrates
National Nurse Anesthetists Week
Columbia University Class of 2011
Class of 2011

Columbia University Class of 2012
Class of 2012



San Juan Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center, San Juan, Puerto Rico
A group of CRNAs who work at the VA hospital in San Juan, Puerto Rico purchased 2011 National Nurse Anesthetists Week shirts during the holidays and this picture was taken at the VA hospital during NNAW week.

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) are essential to America’s healthcare system, providing high-quality, cost-effective anesthesia care for nearly 150 years;
CRNAs are anesthesia specialists who are the hands-on providers of approximately 32 million anesthetics given to patients each year in the United States;
CRNAs are the sole anesthesia providers in more than two-thirds of all rural hospitals, affording these medical facilities obstetrical, surgical, and trauma stabilization capabilities;
CRNAs practice in every setting in which anesthesia is delivered: traditional hospital surgical suites and obstetrical delivery rooms; ambulatory surgical centers; the offices of dentists, podiatrists, ophthalmologists, and plastic surgeons; U.S. Military, Public Health Services, and Veterans Affairs medical facilities;

We stop to honor the work of CRNAs (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists); Health Professionals and citizens join in the recognition of outstanding Healthcare Professionals for their contribution to the quality of life in our state (Puerto Rico).

St. John's Hospice, Center City, Philadelphia, Pa.
Drexel University Nurse Anesthesia Department commemorated National Nurse Anesthetist Week 2011 by volunteering at St. John's Hospice in Center City, Philadelphia, Pa. The freshman year nurse anesthesia students served lunch, cleared tables, and sorted mail at the men's homeless shelter.
Serving Today -- Drexel University Nurse Anesthesia Program

Group Photo of the Class of 2013
The Class of 2013 nurse anesthesia students assemble outside the St. John's Hospice building.
The group includes (left to right): Tara Henley, LaTonya Buckely, Sean Crumbock, Christina Malatesta, Holly Samaniego, Freida Katz, Rosemary Njoroge, and Joan Linson.

Volunteer Orientation
The nurse anesthesia students report to the dining room for a volunteer orientation. They are introduced to Saint John’s Hospice and go over job assignments for their service.

Duke University School of Nursing, Nurse Anesthesia Program, Durham, N.C.
In recognition of National Nurse Anesthetists Week 2011 the Duke University nurse anesthesia students are engaged in the following activities throughout the week:
  • The classes of 2011 and 2012 are going to be visiting local high schools and schools of nursing to educate students about CRNAs. They are visiting nine different sites including: Jordan High School, Leesville High School, Watts School of Nursing, Hillside High School, East Chapel Hill High School, Carrboro High School, Chapel Hill High School, Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON), and the Duke University Medical Center (DUMC) Cafeteria.
  • The nurse anesthesia students will also be in the DUSON atrium and cafeteria all day Thursday Jan. 27.
  • On Friday, Jan. 28, the students will be volunteering with Habitat for Humanity. They will have 20 volunteers working on the Habitat garden and 20 more volunteers split up between two Habitat Houses that are being built for two deserving Durham families. We will have students at these sites from 8:15 a.m.-4:00 p.m. with a break for lunch from 12:00-12:45 p.m.
  • The students will conclude their National Nurse Anesthetists Week activities by presenting the 4th Annual Student-Led Seminar. The Student-Led Seminar is organized and presented entirely by the students. CRNA preceptors from our various clinical sites attend and are provided with eight free continuing education credits. They also receive free breakfast and lunch. Students present eight topics which are current and often controversial. The students do this to give back to the CRNA community, which has been so instrumental in their clinical education. The meeting consistently receives excellent evaluations from the attendees.

Gateway Surgery Center, Concord, N.C.
CRNAs at the center were honored by colleagues with a custom-decorated cake for National Nurse Anesthetists Week.

For more about this event, see the Gateway Surgery Center Photos.

Dalton Anesthesia Associates, Hamilton Medical Center, Dalton, Ga.
CRNAs Ralph Weaver, Joe Fulton, Merri Anderson, Rick Gordon, Jan Gordon, Carol Lawrence, Kelly Nelson, Juanita Maanum, Michele Harris, Mark Foster, Diann Jimenez, and Eric Swanson celebrated National Nurse Anesthetists Week with this beautiful cake.

Hamilton Medical Center, NNAW Cake, JPG 

CRNA Michele Harris made the cake Tuesday evening and brought it to work on Wednesday. Cake decorating is her hobby, and says, "This one was fun to do!"



St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, Tenn.; Union University, Jackson, Tenn.
During a recent celebration of National Nurse Anesthetist Week at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, patients were offered the opportunity to become CRNAs for the day. From left, St. Jude patient Hailey Runyon, delivers anesthesia to a play doll with the guidance of Deborah Flettrich, CRNA and Krista Gray, student, Union University School of Anesthesia, Jackson Tenn.
“Patients who participate in activities like this better understand what happens when they receive anesthesia,” said Jack R. Shearer, CRNA, St. Jude's chief nurse anesthetist. “They realize that a CRNA is by their side monitoring their vital signs and providing anesthesia during the entire time they are asleep.”
Union University, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, NNAW 09 

Jennifer Harenberg, CRNA, Golden, Colo.:
"My name is Jennifer Harenberg and I am the President-elect for the Colorado Association of Nurse Anesthetists.
"For National Nurse Anesthetists Week, our federal political director and I met with Congressman Ed Perlmutter. Congressman Perlmutter (D-CO) is the congressman for the United States House in Colorado's 7th Congressional District.  I introduced myself as his constituent and we explained to him and his staff what nurse anesthetists do and our important role in healthcare today.  We also practiced saying 'anesthetist' several times. I think he finally got it. We were very pleased with how the meeting went."
Sarah Figueroa, CRNA; Congressman Ed Perlmutter; Jennifer Harenberg, CRNA. 
Pictured (l to r) are Sarah Figueroa, CRNA, Federal Political Director, Colorado Association of Nurse Anesthetists; Congressman Ed Perlmutter (D-CO); and Jennifer Harenberg, CRNA, President-elect, Colorado Association of Nurse Anesthetists.

Stephanie May, CRNA, MS, Denver, Colo.:
"In honor of National Nurse Anesthetists Week, I volunteered at Stock Show. I took blood pressures, blood sugars, and in-depth cholesterol screenings on ranchers, farmers and many Denver guests who have no health insurance. The booth was run by AHEC which is an educational outreach office on the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) campus which raises and distributes funds. Their goal is to assist rural Coloradans in completing an MD (physician), RN (registered nurse), or RRT (registered respiratory therapist) education and encourage them to take their new skills back to their hometowns. I happened to volunteer with family practitioner Jack Westfall, MD.
"I gave away AANA buttons and shwag...
"At UCH, I have ordered six large cakes which I will distribute on Friday to: SICU, MICU, Neuro.burn ICU, AOP lounge, AIP lounge, and AIP faculty lounge. The Cakes read 'Happy Nurse Anesthetist Week 2009!'"

Rebecca Rucker, CRNA, Lexington Medical Center, S.C.:​
"During Nurse Anesthesia Week at our hospital we tried to get more people informed about the CRNAs. We used real information along with some humor by including some of our anesthesia team. The OR and PACU staff answered questions and competed for prizes. Also, the hospital print shop used pictures of our staff and made posters. The hospital recognized us with a lunch and 'name engraved' pens. It really made the week special to our staff."
Lexington Medical Center Poster 2009