Who We Are

Founded in 1931, the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) is the professional association representing nearly 54,000 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and student registered nurse anesthetists nationwide. The AANA promulgates education and practice standards and guidelines, and affords consultation to both private and governmental entities regarding nurse anesthetists and their practice. The AANA Foundation supports the profession by awarding education and research grants to students, faculty and practicing CRNAs. More than 90 percent of the nation's nurse anesthetists are members of the AANA.

The AANA developed and implemented a certification program in 1945 and instituted a re-certification program in 1978. It established a mechanism for accreditation of nurse anesthesia educational programs in 1952, which has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education since 1955. In 1975, the AANA was a leader among professional organizations in the United States by forming autonomous multidisciplinary councils with public representation for performing the profession's certification, accreditation, and public interest functions. Today, the CRNA credential is well recognized as an indicator of quality and competence.

Vision Statement

AANA is the transformative leader driving innovation and patient-centered excellence in anesthesia and healthcare.

Mission Statement

The AANA advances patient safety and our profession through excellence in practice and service to members.

Member Value Proposition

The AANA is dedicated to advancing its members’ profession and anesthesia patient safety through advocacy, evidence-based practice standards, professional development, and commitment to innovation, collaboration and diverse ideas, experiences, and beliefs.

Core Values

Member Service - Serving our members by advancing their profession and their ability to care for patients to the full scope of their practice.

Compassion - AANA supports members in providing patient-centered care.

Professionalism - Demonstrating professionalism through education, accountability, and high standards of care.

Advocacy - Advancing CRNA practice and ensuring patient access to safe, cost-effective anesthesia care.

Innovative Solutions - Empowering CRNAs to advance patient care through research, evidence-based practice, and collaboration with healthcare professionals.

Diversity & Inclusion - Embracing a diverse and inclusive workforce and patient population while welcoming the ideas, experiences, and beliefs of all.

AANA Motto

Safe and Effective Anesthesia Care for Every Patient

Our History

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