Hello and Welcome to the Alaska Association of Nurse Anesthetist. It’s an exciting time to be a CRNA in Alaska where CRNA’s are leading the way in advancing patient safety and our profession every day!
Nurses were the first professional group to specialize in and provide anesthesia services in the United States in the 1880’s. CRNAs have always been on the front lines of anesthesia delivery and here in “The Last Frontier” is no exception. Many of our talented CRNAs are the sole anesthesia provider for their communities and provide critical access to care for many Alaskans.
The Alaska Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AKANA) is a non-profit association affiliated with the American Association of Nurse Anesthestists (AANA) whose aim is to advance the profession of nurse anesthesia, enhance the art and science of anesthesiology, and facilitate the provision of accessible, affordable, high quality health care to Alaskans. We work to facilitate cooperation between nurse anesthetists and the medical profession, hospitals, healthcare providers, and other agencies interested in anesthesia.
As President of the AKANA I am here to serve our members and our community. In the 7 years I have been in Alaska, we have fought many battles in the protection of our profession. Our success on these fronts is due to countless hours contributed by committed CRNAs advocating on behalf of all Alaska CRNAs and our patients. The autonomy and respect Alaska CRNAs enjoy makes practicing in Alaska a highly sought-after privilege. Not to mention the amazing scenery and outdoor adventure opportunities! If you appreciate practicing independently and love the outdoors, come up and join us!
Here’s to continued safety and success for all Alaska CRNAs in 2018-2019.