The mission of NVANA is to advance the science and art of Nurse Anesthesia among its members, the medical and nursing profession, and the hospitals in the state of Nevada. The purpose of this website is to further promote, educate, and inform the current and prospective members of the association.

What is a CRNA?

A CRNA, or certified registered nurse anesthetist, is an advanced practice nurse who has a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and has completed a 2 – 3 year post-graduate education in anesthesia from an accredited nurse anesthesia program and passed the national certification examination for nurse anesthesia.

CRNA’s have been providing anesthesia care to patients in the Unites States for more than 125 years. According to a 1999 report from the Institute of Medicine, anesthesia is nearly 50 times safer than it was 20 years ago.

CRNA’s safely administer 27 million anesthetics to patients each year according to the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists 2005 practice profile study.

CRNA’s practice in every setting in which anesthesia is delivered: from the traditional hospital surgical suites and obstetrical delivery rooms to critical access hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, offices of dentists, podiatrists, ophthalmologists, plastic surgeons, and pain management; as well as the US military, Public Health Services, and the Department of Veterans affairs healthcare facilities.

As advanced practice nurses, CRNA’s practice with a high degree of autonomy and professional respect. We carry a heavy load of responsibility. CRNA’s are the primary anesthesia providers in rural America, enabling healthcare facilities in these medically underserved areas to offer obstetrical, surgical, and trauma stabilization services. In some states CRNA’s are the sole providers in nearly 100% of the rural hospitals, thus affording some 70 million Americans access to anesthesia.

More information regarding CRNA’s and anesthesia can be accessed via the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists website. The following links are provided.