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Reps. Roybal-Allard, Schakowsky, and Graves Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Recognizing National CRNA Week

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Washington, January 23, 2019 | Ben Soskin ((202) 225-1766) | comments
Today, Congressmembers Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40), Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), and Sam Graves (MO-06) introduced a bipartisan resolution recognizing National Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) Week.  The members, along with American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) President Garry Brydges DNP, MBA, ACNP-BC, CRNA, FAAN, released the following statements:

“I am proud to co-lead this resolution saluting our nation’s 53,000 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists for the expertise and compassion they provide to millions of patients in need of anesthesia each year,” said Rep. Roybal-Allard.  “Decades of research have shown that nurse anesthetists provide the same safe and high quality anesthesia care as other medical professionals, but at a significantly lower cost to our health care system.  In districts across the country, including urban settings like my 40th Congressional District of California, nurse anesthetists are a cost effective method of helping to curb escalating health care prices.”

“On behalf of our country, today I am expressing gratitude for the role nurse anesthetists play in our healthcare system,” said Rep. Schakowsky.  “Across Illinois and the nation, patients expect high quality care and nurse anesthetists deliver.  I am proud to introduce this resolution with my colleagues to honor them for their service and their continued care towards nationwide.”

“Nurse anesthetists play a critical role in rural healthcare,” said Rep. Graves.  “North Missouri healthcare facilities depend on the high-quality care that they provide at a low cost.  I’m grateful for the important work they do in my district and around the country.”

“CRNAs are passionate about providing the best possible patient care,” said AANA President Brydges.  “Day in and day out, the safe, high-quality, cost-effective anesthesia care delivered by CRNAs ensures patients across the U.S. access to the surgical, obstetrical, emergency, and chronic pain services they need.  So, it truly is humbling to be recognized by the House of Representatives for doing what we love to do and for doing it well.”

Text of the resolution can be found below:

Recognizing the contributions of America’s Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and their role in providing quality healthcare for the public.

Whereas CRNAs are essential to America’s healthcare system, providing high-quality, cost-effective anesthesia care for more than 150 years; and 

Whereas CRNAs safely administer more than 45 million anesthetics to patients each year; and

Whereas CRNAs are the primary providers of anesthesia care in rural America, enabling healthcare facilities in these medically underserved areas to offer obstetrical, surgical, trauma stabilization, and pain management services; and

Whereas CRNAs practice in every type of healthcare setting in which anesthesia is delivered, including traditional hospital surgical suites and obstetrical delivery rooms; the offices of dentists, podiatrists, ophthalmologists, and plastic surgeons; pain clinics and ambulatory surgical centers; U.S. Military and Public Health Services and Veterans Administration medical facilities; and

Whereas nurse anesthetists first provided anesthesia to wounded soldiers during the American Civil War and have been the main provider of anesthesia care to U.S. military personnel on the front lines since WWI, including all current U.S. military actions around the globe; and

Whereas the purpose of National CRNA Week, held January 20-26, 2019, is to raise public awareness of and celebrate the nation’s 53,000+ CRNAs and student registered nurse anesthetists: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the House of Representatives thanks and promotes the profession of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists by encouraging patients, hospital administrators, healthcare professionals, policymakers, and others to become more familiar with the CRNA credential and the exceptional healthcare professionals who have earned it by participating in National CRNA Week.

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