deliver safe anesthesia care to ALL CALIFORNIANS


...deliver anesthesia in every healthcare setting

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Trauma centers

community Hospitals

Ambulatory Surgical Centers

Dental offices


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Ketamine clinics

Chronic pain Centers

va Healthcare facilities

medical offices

...and have extensive educational training

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  • national board certification in nurse anesthesiology
  • Thousands of hours in anesthesia residency training
  • graduate degree in nurse anesthesiology (2-4 yrs)
  • experience in an intensive care unit (ICU) (2+ yEars)
  • national Board certification as a registered nurse (RN)
  • Bachelor Degree in Nursing (4 yrs)
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Did you know?

Nurse Anesthesiologists (CRNAs) are the

sole anesthesia providers in 4 rural counties in CA, and provide over 80% of rural anesthesia nationwide.

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Surgical or chronic pain can be managed without opioids. Nurse Anesthesiologists (CRNAs) are trailblazers in this form of anesthesia care.

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Nurse Anesthesiologists (CRNAs) undergo

almost a decade of education and training to become specialists in anesthesiology, including at least two years of critical care nursing.

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Nurse Anesthesiologists (CRNAs) have been the primary providers of anesthesia care to U.S. Military personnel on front lines since WWI. In California, 15% of CRNAs have served in the Military.

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Nurse Anesthesiologists (CRNAs) practice independently in 94% of California Counties with anesthesia services.

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Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs), or nurse anesthesiologists, have been providing anesthesia to patients in the United States for more than 150 years. CRNAs are advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) who have completed an accredited graduate level nurse anesthesia program and passed a national certifying examination; all nurse anesthesia programs now award doctoral degrees.

Qualified to administer all types of anesthetics independently, CRNAs work in every setting in which anesthesia is delivered, including hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers and physician/dental offices. CRNA services include pre-anesthesia evaluation, administering the anesthetic, monitoring and interpreting the patient’s vital signs and managing the patient throughout surgery. In California, CRNAs are the sole anesthesia providers in 4 counties, and the primary provider in most rural areas, ensuring patient access to obstetrical, surgical, trauma stabilization and pain management services.

The California Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (CANA) is the definitive source of leadership, advocacy and education for the CRNAs of California.