The Georgia Association of Nurse Anesthetists is a non-profit organization committed to advancing patient safety by supporting and furthering the practice of nurse anesthesia in Georgia.
Recognized leaders who are committed to patient safety, practice autonomously to the fullest extent of their scope of practice, are consummate professionals with 100% of its members belonging to the AANA/GANA, and are fully reimbursed for all anesthesia services.
As early as 1916, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) were providing anesthesia at Grady Hospital in Atlanta. In 1938, seventeen CRNAs established the Georgia Association of Nurse Anesthetists (GANA). Spearheading the formation of the GANA was Rosalie C. McDonald, who became its first president. Ms. McDonald later served as the sixth president of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA), our national organization. More than 90% of U.S. nurse anesthetists are members of the AANA.
Today, the GANA has grown to represent over 1100 members and is among the oldest and largest CRNA state organization in the United States. CRNAs are committed to caring for Georgia by providing vigilant, high-quality, and cost effective anesthesia services. Nurse anesthesia is safe anesthesia.
CRNAs in Georgia practice in every setting in which anesthesia is delivered: traditional hospital surgical suites and obstetrical delivery rooms; critical access hospitals; ambulatory surgical centers; the offices of dentists, podiatrists, ophthalmologists, plastic surgeons, and pain management specialists; and U.S. military, Public Health Services, and Department of Veterans Affairs healthcare facilities.
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF NURSE ANESTHETISTS (AANA)
Founded in 1931, the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) is the professional association for more than 45,000 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and student nurse anesthetists. CRNAs are anesthesia professionals who safely administer approximately 34 million anesthetics to patients each year in the United States. Nurse anesthetists have been providing anesthesia care to patients in the United States for nearly 150 years. According to a 1999 report from the Institute of Medicine, anesthesia care today is nearly 50 times safer than it was 20 years ago. Numerous outcomes studies have demonstrated that there is no difference in the quality of care provided by CRNAs and the physician counterparts.
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) at a Glance
Education and experience required to become a CRNA include:
- A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or other appropriate baccalaureate degree.
- A current license as a registered nurse.
- At least one year of experience as a registered nurse in an acute care setting.
- Graduation with a minimum of a master’s degree from an accredited nurse anesthesia educational program. As of March 1, 2013 there were 113 accredited nurse anesthesia programs in the United States utilizing more than 1,850 approved clinical sites; 16 of these programs award a doctoral degree for entry into practice. Nurse anesthesia programs range from 24-36 months, depending upon university requirements. All programs include clinical training in university-based or large community hospitals.
- Pass the national certification examination following graduation.