Advancing patient safety and the profession of nurse anesthesia.


Recognition of nurse anesthetists as the leading providers of the highest quality of anesthesia care.


On the evenign of December 11, 1935, a group of nurse anesthetists met at the Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth at eight o'clock for the purpose of organizing a State Association for Nurse Anestheists. There, the Texas State Association of Nurse Anesthetists was founded. Later renamed, the Texas Association of Nurse Anesthetists (TxANA)

TxANA's Articles of Incorporation were filed on August 9, 1974. 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). TxANA currently represents over 5,700 members. 

Nurses were the first professional group to specialize in and provide anesthesia services in the United States in the 1880s. Today, over 56,000 CRNAs are practicing throughout the United States, of which more than 5,000 are in Texas. CRNAs are advanced practice nurses registered by the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). CRNAs must hold a current state license as a registered nurse, graduate from an approved educational program, complete the certification examination and comply with continuing education requirements for recertification (see here for CRNA regulation of practice in Texas). Learn more about CRNAs here