11/11/2022 12:01:00 AM NC Association Nurse Anesthetists Honors Those Who Heroically Served
The bond between the U.S. Military and the nurse anesthesia profession dates back more than 150 years to the battlefields of the American Civil War. It was there that nurses first gave anesthesia to wounded soldiers on the frontlines.
Since then, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) have been the primary frontline anesthesia providers in every U.S. military action around the globe. Scores of CRNAs who were educated and trained at military universities gained indelible experience in austere environments courageously caring for service men and women in the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines.
At home, CRNAs are essential healthcare providers in Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals, ensuring that deserving veterans receive the best surgical, obstetrical, trauma, and pain management care possible. Without quality anesthesia, these services simply would not be possible.
That’s why on this and every Veterans Day, the North Carolina Association of Nurse Anesthetists honors those who heroically served to protect the American way of life, and those who served to care for our protectors.
Sherry Bernardo, DNP, MHA, MSN, CRNA NCANA President Iron Station, NC