National CRNA Week Promotional Ideas and Events

Billboards and Advertisements

Colorado Association of Nurse Anesthetists

Placed billboards in honor of National CRNA Week.
Colorado Association of Nurse Anesthetists Billboard

North Dakota Association of Nurse Anesthetists

Posted 12 billboards in the Fargo N.D., metropolitan area.
North Dakota Association of Nurse Anesthetists Billboard

Ohio State Association of Nurse Anesthetists

Posted 3 billboards in the Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati areas.
Ohio State Association of Nurse Anesthetists Billboard

Tyler, Texas Billboard

CRNAs Robert Anderson, MNA, CRNA; Terri Anderson, CRNA; Steve Luttrell, DNP, CRNA; Tiffany Luttrell, MSNA, CRNA; and Juan Quintana, DNP, MHS, CRNA placed this billboard on south Beckham and Houston in Tyler, Texas for one month.
Tyler Texas Billboard

2017 Ideas and Events

Minnesota CRNAs

Advocacy efforts, social media, proclamations, press releases, promotion.

For National CRNA Week 2017, the Minnesota Association of Nurse Anesthetists (MANA):

  • Sent a letter to each member of the Minnesota legislature, to arrive before the end of National CRNA Week.
  • Sent an email to all MANA members recognizing CRNA Week and urged members to join the conversation on social media.
  • Secured official proclamations from Governor Dayton and mayors Brede (Rochester), Larson (Duluth), and Coleman (Saint Paul).
  • Sent press releases announcing CRNA Week to Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Rochester and Duluth media.
  • Fulfilled a robust social media calendar on Facebook and Twitter (see photos below).
    Recommended members send a short personal email to state representative and state senator offering to be a resource on any issues related to nurse anesthesia.

The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Md.

Community service, gatherings to celebrate, promotion.

The CRNAs at The Johns Hopkins Hospital celebrated during the entire week. Here is a list of their activities.
 
Thursday, January 19
7-8 a.m.
Hot breakfast at the CRNA team meeting
 
Sunday, January 22
4-7 p.m.
Bowling and appetizers at Mustang Alley's:

Social Media

Twitter

#aanadyk In 1877, Sister Mary Bernard became the first nurse to specialize in anesthesia. #crnaweek
 
#anesthesiafunfact Agatha Hodgins formally established the Lakeside Hospital School of anesthesia in 1915, though she had been teaching anesthesia to nurses and doctors there since 1911. #crnaweek
 
#anesthesiafunfact Agatha Hodgins was elected honorary president at the association’s first Annual Meeting in 1933. Held in Milwaukee, Wis., the meeting only had 120 attendees. #crnaweek
 
#aanadyk In 1937 the NANA Headquarters moved from Cleveland, Ohio, to Chicago, Ill. #crnaweek
 
#anesthesiafunfact The U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare recognized the AANA as the accrediting agency for schools of nurse anesthesia in 1955. #crnaweek
 
#AANAhistory The first African-American president of the AANA is Goldie Brangman (1973-1974) #crnaweek
 
#aanadyk Becoming a nurse anesthetist was named one of the 25 hottest careers by Working Women magazine in 1989. #crnaweek
 
#aanadyk Nurse anesthesia was named the #3 healthcare job by U.S. News & World Report in 2016. #crnaweek
 
#aanadyk Nurse anesthesia was named the #4 job overall by U.S. News & World Report in 2016. #crnaweek
 
#anesthesiafunfact In 2001, Iowa became the first state to opt out of the federal physician supervision requirement for nurse anesthetists. Currently, 17 states have opted out. #crnaweek 
 
#aanadyk John Garde, CRNA, was the first male president of the AANA. #crnaweek

Facebook

Did You Know: Sister Mary Bernard, a nurse at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Erie, Pa., became the first nurse to specialize in anesthesia? #aanadyk #crnaweek
 
Anesthesia Fun Fact: Agatha Hodgins formally established the Lakeside Hospital School of Anesthesia in Cleveland, Ohio in 1915, though she had already been teaching anesthesia to nurses and doctors there since 1911. #anesthesiafunfact #crnaweek

Did You Know: The NANA Headquarters moved from Cleveland, Ohio, to Chicago, Ill., in 1937? #aanadyk #crnaweek 

Anesthesia Fun Fact: In 1955, the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare recognized the AANA as the accrediting agency for schools of nurse anesthesia. #anesthesiafunfact #crnaweek
 
AANA History: Goldie Brangman is the first African-American president of the AANA (1973-1974). #anesthesiafunfact #crnaweek
 
Did You Know: Becoming a nurse anesthetist was named one of the 25 hottest careers by Working Women magazine in 1989? #anesthesiafunfact #crnaweek
 
Did you know: Nurse anesthesia was named the #3 healthcare job and the #4 job overall by U.S. News & World Report in 2016. #anesthesiafunfact #crnaweek
 
Did You Know: In 1972, John Garde, CRNA, became the first male president of the AANA? #aanadyk #crnaweek

Did You Know: Iowa became the first state to opt out of the federal physician supervision requirement for nurse anesthetists in 2001? To date, 17 states have opted out. #aanadyk #crnaweek 

2016 Promotional Idea - Student Activities

Excela Health School of Anesthesia

Excela Health School of Anesthesia, Latrobe, Pa., conducted a food drive from November 1-December 5, 2015, to benefit the Westmoreland County Food Bank. More than 100 students attending Excela Health School of Anesthesia, along with school faculty, and hospital employees, contributed a significant amount of nonperishable food items to be distributed to the less fortunate in Westmoreland County, Greensburg, Pa.
 
A total of 386 pounds of food were collected and donated. This food drive was chosen in an effort to be able to reach out to the disadvantaged in the local area during the holiday season. The drive, which was a school community project, provided an excellent opportunity to display the career of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists to the community at large and promote the upcoming CRNA Week celebration from January 24-30, 2016.

University of Puerto Rico Nurse Anesthesia Program

For the second consecutive year, National CRNA week was celebrated at the University of Puerto Rico Medical Science Campus by our Nurse Anesthesia Program. The week began with an opening ceremony recognizing the hard work and effort of our CRNA faculty. At the ceremony, our official brand new logo was revealed for the first time. The Senior nursing class of the BSN program was given an orientation on how to pursue a future career in Nurse Anesthesia and  were given an opportunity for Q&A’s at the end of the orientation. Two recent Alumni of our program presented their Evidence Based Practice Project at one of our clinical sites capturing the attention of all the OR team professionals.
 
Because not everything in our preparation path is to study, we planned a nice get together at the bowling center where we had the opportunity to share time with our faculty professors, colleagues and family. To conclude our celebration of CRNA week, an open house was conducted by our program for all those interested in the profession. Information about the program and simulation of some of the anesthesia skills every CRNA is trained for were brought to our School of Nursing’s Lobby.

Representatives of the University of Scranton Nurse Anesthesia Program

Program Director Bernard Gilligan, DNP, MS, CRNA; PANA President Ann Culp, DNP, CRNA; Clinical Director Susan Elczyna, CRNA; and several well-spoken second year SRNAs appeared on local television show “PA Live,” promoting National CRNA Week and “letting people know who we are” before they become patients. See PA Live National CRNA Week