About CANA

Nurse Anesthesia is no longer the best-kept secret in health care. Established in the late 1800s as the first clinical nursing specialty, Nurse Anesthesia developed in response to the growing need surgeons had for anesthetists. Certified Register Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) have played a significant role in developing the practice of anesthesia. Today, more than 42,000 nurse anesthetists provide cost-effective high-quality patient care that is essential to America's health care system. There are currently over 450 CRNAs in the state of Connecticut providing anesthesia in hospitals, outpatient centers and clinics.

OUR MISSION: Maintaining and advancing nurse anesthesia practice through advocacy and education.

OUR VISION: Recognized leader in anesthesia care known for commitment to patient safety and CRNA practice.

CANA Officers
President Vice President Treasurer Secretary
Ed Roden Renee Benfari Toby McPherson Terri Williams
CANA Board of Directors
Richard Amione Denise Bolduc Sharon Creighton Mark Giles
Octavio Goncalves Bradley Hamilton Karita Kack Ellen Monforte
Donna Sanchez Christopher Bartels    
CANA Committees
Education Committee Finance Committee FPD Committee Fundraising Committee
Ann Bassett, Chair Toby McPherson, Chair Chris Bartels, Chair Ellen Monforte
Donna Sanchez Octavio Goncalves Sharon Creighton Donna Sanchez
Public Relations Committee GRC Committee Publications Committee Social Committee
Renee Benfari Donna Sanchez, Chair Trish Chamberlin, Chair Kate Marx
Karita Kack Rich Amione Denise Bolduc Karen Hurd
Leo LeBel Ellen Monforte Mike Wilhelm Kyle McClintock
Ed Roden
Bylaws Committee Wellness Committee Professional Practice
Denise Bolduc, Chair Sharon Creighton, Chair Vacant

About AANA

Founded in 1931, the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) is the professional association representing more than 40,000 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and student 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.

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