January 22-30, 2017: Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist Week

WHEREAS, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) are essential to America’s healthcare system, providing high-quality and cost-effective anesthesia care for over 150 years, while safely administering more than 40 million anesthetics to patients each year; and,

WHEREAS, CRNAs are the primary providers of anesthesia care in rural America, enabling healthcare facilities in these medically underserved areas to offer obstetrical, surgical, and trauma stabilization services.  In some states, CRNAs are the sole providers in nearly 100% of the rural hospitals; and, 

WHEREAS, CRNAs practice in every setting in which anesthesia is delivered: traditional hospital surgical suites and obstetrical delivery rooms; the offices of dentists, podiatrists, ophthalmologists, and plastic surgeons; ambulatory surgical centers; U.S. Military and Public Health Services and Veterans Administration medical facilities; and,

WHEREAS, nurse anesthetists have been the main providers of anesthesia care to U.S. military personnel on the front lines since WWI, including current conflicts in the Middle East.  Nurse anesthetists first provided anesthesia to wounded soldiers during the Civil War;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim January 22-30, 2017 as Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist Week in Michigan.