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Nurse anesthetists number one priority and passion is one and the same: their patients

January 19, 2014
Reinbeck Courier

Grundy Center, IA- In recognition of their profession's commitment to exceptional patient care, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) in Grundy County and across the country are celebrating the 15th annual National Nurse Anesthetists Week, January 19-25, 2014, with this year's theme of "Our Priority. Our Passion. Our Patients." This theme emphasizes the high standards to which CRNAs adhere when administering anesthesia, and the quality of care they provide for their patients.

"National Nurse Anesthetists Week serves as an opportunity to promote the fact that throughout history, nurse anesthetists have furthered the art and science of anesthesia to ensure patients receive high quality anesthesia care," said J. Craig Vana, MSN, CRNA, ARNP; Grundy County Memorial Hospital's full time anesthesia provider. "Resting easy is exactly what patients can do, knowing that a CRNA is by their side, monitoring their vital signs and adjusting their anesthetics during the entire time they are asleep."

Nurse anesthetists are advanced registered nurse practitioners who administer approximately 34 million anesthetics in the United States each year. Practicing in every setting where anesthesia is administered, CRNAs are the sole anesthesia professionals in nearly all rural hospitals, and have been the main provider of anesthesia care to U.S. service men and women on the front lines since World War I.

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J. Craig Vana, MSN, CRNA, ARNP, is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist & Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, and is the full time anesthesia provider at Grundy County Memorial Hospital.

"I take pride in belonging to a profession that places patient safety and education on the top of its list of priorities. Nurse anesthetists have been at the forefront of anesthesia patient safety for 150 years. CRNAs play a key role in developing trends and innovations related to patient monitoring, technology, anesthetic medications, and standards of care. In fact, due to continuing research, developments, and education, anesthesia today is nearly 50 times safer than it was 20 years ago," said Vana.

The Iowa Association of Nurse Anesthetists represents over 275 CRNAs who are the "backbone" of anesthesia care in Iowa. CRNAs serve the residents of Iowa in nearly all 118 hospitals state wide, and are the sole providers of anesthesia care in 75% of all hospitals in Iowa. For more information, visit .

Founded in 1931 and located in Park Ridge, Ill., the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists is the professional organization representing more than 47,000 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs). National Nurse Anesthetist Week was established to encourage CRNAs to take the opportunity to educate the public about anesthesia safety, questions to ask prior to undergoing surgery, and the benefits of receiving anesthesia care from a nurse anesthetist. For more information, visit

For more information about GCMH services please visit our website at To schedule your next surgery or procedure, or to speak with Craig regarding your upcoming anesthetic at GCMH, please call (319) 824-5421.



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