Become a Fellow of the AANA (FAANA)

As a Fellow of the AANA, you are recognized as one of the most accomplished leaders in the profession of nurse anesthesiology. Earning the FAANA designation is a major career achievement that recognizes CRNAs as outstanding practitioners, educators, researchers, and advocates for the profession. The FAANA designation communicates a commitment to excellence in the profession of nurse anesthesiology.

Acceptance criteria include professional achievements demonstrating impactful contributions that continue to promote and advance the profession in the areas of clinical practice, education, research, and professional advocacy and are consistent with the high standards of AANA.

The Fellows application for FY22 is now closed.

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Fellows of the AANA Toolkit

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Fellows Eligibility Criteria

Consideration for Fellows of the AANA is open to any CRNA who is an Active (including Emeritus) member of AANA with an established career in nurse anesthesiology. The candidate must meet the following minimum eligibility requirements:

  • Minimum of 10 years full-time professional experience acquired as a practitioner of nurse anesthesiology or as an educator/program director, facility leader, or business leader.
  • Minimum of 10 years of continuous certification in good standing as a CRNA.
  • Minimum of 10 years of AANA membership at time of application (not including years as a student member).
  • Evidence or record of attending AANA conferences demonstrating a commitment to the association.
  • Demonstrate outstanding achievements in nurse anesthesiology and leadership that command respect and recognition from other recognized leaders in the profession.
  • Provide evidence of enduring, impactful professional achievements that demonstrate professional and personal growth and use of innovative, creative solutions in at least one of several categories. 

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How to Apply

The FY22 Fellows application is now closed. 
Applications for FY23 will open in November 2022.

To prepare, you may find it helpful to review the full Fellows Eligibility Criteria. The following will be required as part of the online application: 

  • Two (2) essays
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation  
  • Current curriculum vitae (10-page limit)
  • $250 nonrefundable application fee

Application deadline is February 1, 2022 at 11:59 PM Central Time.
Late submissions will not be accepted.

Applicants will be notified of the selection committee results in May 2022 and new Fellows will be inducted during the 2022 AANA Annual Congress in Chicago, IL.  Attendance at the induction ceremony is required.

Fellows Application Tips

The nature of the enduring contributions to the profession of nurse anesthesiology may take many forms. The Fellows application is designed to assist you in determining your eligibility for candidacy for FAANA designation.

Please take the time to review the following documents. These have been created to assist you as you begin the Fellows application process.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are you interested in applying to be a Fellow of the AANA?

Because we realize you may have questions about this program and the application process, we have provided answers to many of your Fellows Frequently Asked Questions.

You may also find it helpful to review the Fellows Eligibility Criteria.

Still have questions? Contact Sara Nelli, Program Manager, Fellows and Peer Assistance at