Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists Week


WHEREAS, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) are essential to Virginia’s healthcare system, providing high-quality, cost-effective anesthesia care for 150 years; and

WHEREAS, CRNAs are the primary providers of anesthesia care in rural America, enabling healthcare facilities in these medically underserved areas to offer obstetrical, surgical, and trauma stabilization services; and

WHEREAS, CRNAs first provided anesthesia to wounded soldiers during the Civil War, and have been the main provider of anesthesia care to U.S. military personnel on the front lines since WWI; and

WHEREAS, CRNAs practice in every setting in which anesthesia is delivered: traditional hospital surgical suites and obstetrical delivery rooms; offices of dentists, podiatrists, ophthalmologists, and plastic surgeons, ambulatory surgical centers; U.S. Military and Public Health Services, and Veterans Administration medical facilities; and

WHEREAS, The Virginia Association of Nurse Anesthetists (VANA) was established in 1934 to promote safe anesthesia care and to advance the profession of nurse anesthetist in the Commonwealth of Virginia; and

WHEREAS, VANA, under the national umbrella of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, celebrates Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists Week every January; and

WHEREAS, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists Week is an opportunity to thank the 1,928 CRNAs in the Commonwealth of Virginia who devote their lives to quality, safe and cost-effective anesthesia services;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize January 25-31, 2015, as CERTIFIED REGISTERED NURSE ANESTHETISTS WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.