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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: January 3, 2017 11:23 AM
From: Senator John R. Gordner
To: All Senate members
Subject: Resolution recognizing the week of January 22-28, 2017 as "Nurse Anesthetists" Week in Pennsylvania
I plan to introduce a resolution recognizing the week of week of January 22-28, 2017, as Nurse Anesthetists"
Week in Pennsylvania.

Nurse anesthetists were the first professional group to provide anesthesia in the U.S. and are the oldest
recognized group of advanced practice registered nurse specialist. CRNAs have been administering
anesthesia for about 150 years. They are capable of providing local, inhalation, intravenous or other
anesthetics to induce total or partial loss of sensation or consciousness in patients for surgery, deliveries,
or other medical and dental procedures.

CRNA training is extremely rigorous. They must complete a graduate-level educational program in a
nationally accredited program of nurse anesthesia, complete 2,500 clinical hours, and pass a national
certifying examination. They must also recertify every four years by obtaining at least 40 hours of CE
credits and meeting advanced practice requirements

There are more than 3,000 certified CRNAs and students in PA. There are also 12 CRNA programs in PA.

Please join me in cosponsoring this resolution.

Introduced as SR9