Advancing patient safety and the profession of nurse anesthesia.
Recognition of nurse anesthetists as the leading providers of the highest quality of anesthesia care.
The Texas Association of Nurse Anesthetists (TxANA) was founded 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).
Nurses were the first professional group to specialize in and provide anesthesia services in the United States in the 1880s. Today there are over 48,000 CRNAs practicing throughout the United States, of which, more than 5,400 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 (see here for CRNA regulation of practice in Texas). Learn more about CRNAs here!