Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) have recognized and celebrated their fellow nurses’ dedication to patient safety
National Nurses Week (May 6-12, 2016) emphasized the role all nurses take in promoting and ensuring a culture of safety in their practices by drawing attention to the work they do on a daily basis.
Patient safety has long been a hallmark of nursing, and CRNAs share their colleagues’ commitment to ensuring all patients have a safe and successful surgical experience.
“CRNAs take great pride in the work they do, administering anesthesia in all practice settings and advocating for the patient in each and every surgery,” said Juan Quintana, DNP, MHS, CRNA, president of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA). “Patients are more than just a case to us. Each person is someone relying on us and trusting us to ensure their safe journey through surgery. That’s something we take to heart, and it’s what makes us so passionate about this profession.”
Nursing is at the heart of the nurse anesthesia profession. Prior to being accepted into a nurse anesthesia educational program to earn their master’s or doctoral degree, a registered nurse must first attain a minimum of one year of critical or intensive care nursing experience; however, the average years of experience is three and one-half.
Upon completing their education and passing the national certification examination, CRNAs unite with their nursing colleagues throughout the surgical and healthcare fields, creating a strong and vibrant team that oversees their patient’s safety in all practice settings, said AANA.
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