January 20-26: National Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists Week

WHEREAS, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) are essential to America’s healthcare system, providing high-quality, cost-effective anesthesia care for more than 150 years and safely administering more than 45 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 percent 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. Nurses first provided anesthesia to wounded soldiers during the Civil War; and,

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim January 20-26, 2019 to commemorate the 20th annual  NATIONAL CRNA WEEK

Across the state of Michigan, and I urge all my fellow citizens to join me in recognizing these outstanding healthcare professionals for their contribution in adding to the quality of life in our country.