National CRNA (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists) Week for the year 2022 is celebrated/observed on Sunday, January 23rd. There are until the next observance.

Every year, from January 23 to January 29, National CRNA Week is observed to honor members of the National CRNA. In the United States, a qualified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) is an advanced practice nurse who is certified to deliver anesthesia. These nurse anesthetists account for over half of all anesthesia practitioners in the United States, and they are the primary anesthesia providers in rural areas. Patients have been getting anesthetic care from them since the American Civil War, and the CRNA certificate was made in 1956.

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📆 When is National CRNA (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists) Week?

This year, National CRNA (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists) Week falls on the 4th Sunday in January; in 2023, it is on Monday.

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📜 History of National CRNA (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists) Week

The Catholic nuns played an important role in nursing and anesthetic training. Sister Mary Bernard Sheridan, a Catholic nun who worked at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Erie, Pennsylvania, was the first known nurse to specialize in anesthesia. Sister Mary Sheridan’s influence expanded throughout the Midwest, and many other Catholic sisters who were also nurses looked up to her and began studying to give anesthesia. The Nuns of the Third Order of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis founded St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Illinois in 1875. Surgeons trained nurses how to administer chloroform and ether at St. John’s, and many Franciscan Sisters were appointed as anesthetists throughout the Midwest. Nurse anesthesia was then widely used in Catholic hospitals. CRNAs in the United States are now required to hold a Master’s or Doctoral degree in nurse anesthesia. The Nursing Council on Accreditation is in charge of determining degree program criteria. The Council on Accreditation established master’s degree criteria in 1981.

☑️ National CRNA (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists) Week facts

They’re anesthetists in the U.S. military
CRNAs are the primary providers of anesthesia care in the United States military.

CRNAs are decently paid
CRNAs make around 200,000 USD per year on average.

They deliver over 50 million anesthetics annually
CRNAs provide roughly 50 million anesthetics to Americans each year.

There are 122 accredited nurse anesthesia programs
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✨ Things to do on National CRNA (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists) Week

Celebrate a CRNA
During National CRNA Week, it’s always a good idea to honor all Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists. They put forth a lot of effort and deserve to be recognized.

Research on anesthesiology
Take the time to learn about the history and intricacies of anesthesia. Studying may help you and demonstrate to others that you care.

Join the conversation online
Use the hashtag #NationalCRNAWeek to join the conversation online. Encourage others to participate as well!

📅 National CRNA (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists) Week Observances

YEAR DATE DAY
2022 January 23 Sunday
2023 January 23 Monday
2024 January 23 Tuesday
2025 January 23 Thursday
2026 January 23 Friday

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