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For our patients and the public, our updated name better describes the important care CRNAs provide.


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CRNAs are among the most utilized healthcare providers and positioned to remove barriers and increase access to high-quality care.

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Shaping the Future of Anesthesia Care

In 2020, AANA members voted to update the organization's name to the "American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology," and it tells the story of what we do, who we are, and what we stand for.

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#AANA2021 Social Media Giveaway

To celebrate the updated AANA debut at Annual Congress, we're sending out swag boxes to randomly selected participants. To win, respond to the question below:

Q: Why are we changing the name?

In 2020, members voted to change the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists to the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology.

The name change is part of a yearlong rebranding effort designed to advance the science of nurse anesthesiology and advocate for CRNAs—one of the U.S. healthcare system’s highly sought-after anesthesia care providers.

Q: Does the name change affect which descriptor or title I should use?

The name change does not affect the professional title of our members. AANA recognizes the following titles to identify nurse anesthetists: “Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist,” “Certified Registered Nurse Anesthesiologist,” “CRNA,” “nurse anesthetist,” and “nurse anesthesiologist.” 

It remains the responsibility of each individual CRNA to remain aware of and comply with the legal requirements of any state or facility in which they practice.

Q: Why is the main AANA site showing the old logo still?

All online AANA sites will be updated beginning Aug 23, 2021.

Q: Why is rebranding more than a new, updated look?

A new brand identity marks a significant milestone in our journey. It provides an opportunity to reflect on our rich history and everything we stood for and everything that we aspire to become as we move into an exciting future, harnessing what we have always worked to do: Promote excellence in nurse anesthesiology by advancing, supporting and connecting CRNAs.  

Q: Should state associations rebrand?

The decision on whether to embark on a rebranding project is entirely up to individual state associations. State associations interested in rebranding are urged to explore state laws.

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