The Texas Association of Nurse Anesthetists (TxANA) is a not for profit association aimed to advance the profession of nurse anesthesia, enhance the art and science of anesthesiology, and facilitate the provision of accessible, affordable, high quality health care. Its goals include facilitating cooperation between nurse anesthetists and the medical profession, hospitals, healthcare providers, and other agencies interested in anesthesia. The membership is limited to Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and Nurse Anesthesia Students who are members of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA).
Nurses were the first professional group to specialize in and provide anesthesia services in the United States in the 1880’s. Today there are over 48,000 CRNAs practicing throughout the United States, of which, over 4,200 are located in Texas. CRNAs are advanced practice nurses registered by the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). Certification of a nurse anesthetist is granted through the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Council on Certification. CRNAs must hold a current state license as a registered nurse, graduate from an approved educational program, successfully complete the certification examination and comply with continuing education requirements for recertification.