American Association of Nurse Anesthetist (AANA)

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The AANA was founded in 1931 and is a professional association that represents approximately 47,000  Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA), and student registered nurse anesthetists. The AANA is involved with education, practice standards, guidelines, and consultation to both private and governmental entities regarding nurse anesthesia and their practice. The AANA is also known for providing education and research grants to students, faculty, and current CRNAs. Approximately 90 percent of all CRNAs are members of the AANA. In 1945 the AANA created and implemented a certification program, and in 1978 it instituted a recertification program.


Vision Statement

AANA will be a preeminent professional association for healthcare and patient safety.


Mission Statement

AANA advances patient safety, practice excellence, and its members’ profession.


Core Values

Patient safety

Care for the whole patient, from a nursing perspective

Professional excellence and personal well-being

Healthcare policy and collaboration

Integrity and quality in all professional and clinical settings


AANA Motto

Safe and Effective Anesthesia Care.


AANA Journal

The AANA also offers an AANA Journal which is the official scholarly journal of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists. Published bimonthly, the AANA Journal delivers practical clinical information that fosters the understanding of the science of anesthesia delivery and investigates ideas, issues and innovations that advance the practice of nurse anesthesia. (Source): Information gathered from

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