National CRNA Week

Jan. 22-28, 2023

Happy CRNA Week!

MTSA is joining the annual celebration of anesthesia patient safety and the nation’s more than 59,000 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists and student registered nurse anesthetists who safely and cost-effectively provide more than 49 million anesthetics each year.

“Comprising more than 50% of all anesthesia providers in the U.S., CRNAs continue to be recognized for their specialized skills, including airway management, intubation and advanced patient assessment. They administer every type of anesthesia in all types of patients in every healthcare setting where anesthesia is delivered,” said MTSA President Chris Hulin, DNP, MBA, CRNA.

According to the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA), more than 59,000 CRNAs and student registered nurse anesthetists provide anesthetics to patients in the United States each year, delivering the same safe, high-quality anesthesia care as other anesthesia professionals but at a lower cost, helping to control the nation’s rising healthcare costs.

Due to its significant alumni base in the region, MTSA estimates more than 75% of Middle Tennesseans having surgery entrust their lives to its graduates on a daily basis.

“With a focus on preventative care and a growing demand for more medical services in a variety of settings, advanced practice nurses such as CRNAs are essential to our healthcare system. As nurses, they establish great relationships with patients, helping to put them at ease and make them comfortable while ensuring their procedure is safe,” Hulin said.

In addition, CRNAs across the country are actively leading hundreds of initiatives to combat opioid abuse and provide effective pain management. This includes collaborating with professional, governmental and community organizations.

Watch Videos about MTSA & CRNAs

Watch MTSA’s video featuring the School’s efforts to combat the opioid epidemic.

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About CRNA Week

National CRNA Week is the AANA’s annual celebration of anesthesia patient safety, helping patients, hospital administrators, healthcare professionals, policymakers, and others become more familiar with the CRNA credential and the exceptional advanced practice registered nurses who have earned it.

About Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia

Founded in 1950, Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia (MTSA) provides graduate-level education and training of nurse anesthetists in a Christian environment born of its Seventh-day Adventist heritage. MTSA is the only independent, fully accredited anesthesia institution of its kind in the nation, instilling excellence through innovative and diverse clinical experience. More than two-thirds of Middle Tennesseans having surgery entrust their lives to its graduates on a daily basis. A leader in academic, clinical and professional distinction, MTSA is responsive to the needs of its constituents, providing affordable graduate education for students from diverse backgrounds. For more information, visit or call (888) 353-MTSA.

More information about the role and value of CRNAs is available from the AANA at