American Association of Nurse Anesthetists

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The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) is the professional association of nurse anesthetists in the United States. The organization states that it has a membership of more than 49,000, includes certified (CRNA), recertified, and student members. The organization represents approximately 90 percent of nurse anesthetists in the United States. More than 40% of the CRNAs are men, versus approximately 10% in the nursing profession as a whole.[1] The AANA headquarters is currently located in Park Ridge, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.

The AANA held its first meeting on June 17, 1931. Agatha Hodgins organized the event, inviting members from the Alumnae Association of the Lakeside Hospital School of Anesthesia and other nurse anesthetists from across the United States. As a new organization, it had two main objectives: establish a national qualifying exam, and establish an accreditation program for nurse anesthesia schools. The first national certification exam was held on June 4, 1945, with 92 candidates sitting for the exam.

The AANA has accredited nurse anesthesia programs since January 19, 1952. The organization was recognized as an accrediting body by the U.S. Department of Education in 1955.

Juan Quintana a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), is the current president of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) as of 2015-16. Quintana is the owner of Sleepy Anesthesia Associates in Winnsboro, Texas. His company helps surgery centers by providing anesthesia to rural hospitals.[2] Quintana received his doctorate of nursing practice degree from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, and his master's degree in health science from Texas Wesleyan University, also in Fort Worth. In addition, he earned his bachelor's degree in science from Texas Woman’s University in Dallas.[3]


  1. ^ "Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists Fact Sheet". American Association of Nurse Anesthetists. Retrieved September 8, 2015
  2. ^"Sleepy Anesthesia" Retrieved June 13, 2016.
  3. ^ "Juan Quintana Takes Office as President of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists". Retrieved 2016-06-14. 

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