Who We Are

Founded in 1931, the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) is the professional association representing over 59,000 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and student registered nurse anesthetists nationwide. The AANA promulgates education and practice standards and guidelines and affords consultation to both private and governmental entities regarding nurse anesthetists and their practice. The AANA Foundation supports the profession by awarding education and research grants to students, faculty, and practicing CRNAs. More than 90 percent of the nation's nurse anesthetists are members of the AANA.

The AANA developed and implemented a certification program in 1945 and instituted a recertification program in 1978. It established a mechanism for accreditation of nurse anesthesia educational programs in 1952, which has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education since 1955. In 1975, the AANA was a leader among professional organizations in the United States by forming autonomous multidisciplinary councils with public representation for performing the profession's certification, accreditation, and public interest functions. Today, the CRNA credential is well recognized as an indicator of quality and competence.

Vision Statement

AANA is the transformative leader driving innovation and patient-centered excellence in anesthesia and healthcare.

Mission Statement

The AANA advances, supports and protects nurse anesthesiology.

Member Value Proposition

The AANA is dedicated to advancing its members’ profession and anesthesia patient safety through advocacy, evidence-based practice standards, professional development, and commitment to innovation, collaboration and diverse ideas, experiences, and beliefs.

Core Values

Integrity: We do the right thing, always.

Member Centered: We put members first. We deliver world-class experiences that create long-lasting relationships. 

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion: We seek diverse, equitable and inclusive collaboration with our members and staff.

Advocacy: We shape the debate on important healthcare issues and ensure that our members have a voice. 

Growth Through Excellence: We commit to being a learning organization that delivers results through innovation, collaboration and servant leadership for our members and staff. 

AANA Motto

Safe and Effective Anesthesia Care for Every Patient

Our History

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