January 23, 2018
Robin Olsen, CRNA Jill Nisbit, CNRA
In recognition of their profession’s long history and enduring record of patient safety, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) in Ladysmith and across the country celebrated the 19th annual National CRNA Week January 21-27, 2018, with the unified mantra “Quality and Excellence in Anesthesia Care.”
Established by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA), National CRNA Week was created to encourage CRNAs to take the opportunity to educate the public about anesthesia safety, questions to ask prior to undergoing surgery, and the benefits of receiving anesthesia care from nurse anesthetists.
“One of the many rewards of being a nurse anesthetist is providing patients with the comfort of knowing that I will be by their side monitoring their vital signs and adjusting their anesthetics to ensure a pain free and safe anesthesia experience,” said Robin Olsen, CRNA at Rusk County Memorial Hospital. “National CRNA Week serves as an opportunity to inform the public exactly what CRNAs do and who we are.”
Nurse anesthetists are advanced practice registered nurses who administer more than 43 million anesthetics in the United States each year. Practicing in every setting where anesthesia is available, CRNAs are the sole anesthesia professionals in the vast majority of rural hospitals and have been the main provider of anesthesia care to U.S. service men and women on the front lines since World War I.
“I take pride in belonging to a profession that has been at the forefront of anesthesia patient safety for more than 150 years. CRNAs play a key role in developing trends related to monitoring technology, anesthetic drugs, and standards of care. In fact, due to continuing research and education, anesthesia today is nearly 50 times safer than it was in the 1980s,” said Olsen.