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NO. R-262.  Joint resolution designating the week of January 21, 2008 as nurse anesthetists week.


Offered by:  Representative Keenan of St. Albans City

Whereas, nurse anesthetists were the first professional group to provide anesthesia in the United States, and are the oldest recognized group of advanced practice registered nurse specialists, and

Whereas, these highly trained health care professionals are required to complete a graduate-level educational program in a nationally accredited program of nurse anesthesia, and, after graduation, they are qualified to take the national certifying examination to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), and

Whereas, CRNAs provide anesthesia services in all settings in which anesthesia is delivered, and

Whereas, according to the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, more than 65 percent of all rural hospitals rely on CRNAs to provide anesthesia care, and without these advanced practice nurses, some 1,500 facilities would be unable to maintain trauma stabilization, surgical, and obstetrical capabilities, forcing many rural Americans to travel long distances for these services, and

Whereas, each year, CRNAs working in hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, physician’s offices, and the medical facilities of the U.S. Military, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and the U.S. Public Health Service are the hands-on providers of approximately 65 percent of all anesthetics given to patients in the United States, and, in rural communities, this percentage is even higher; and

Whereas, CRNAs serve Vermonters by providing needed anesthesia care in 10 of the state’s 13 hospitals, in medical other facilities, and in physician’s offices, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly recognizes the week of January 21, 2008 as Nurse Anesthetists Week in Vermont and celebrates the importance of Vermont’s Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists and their role in providing quality health care for the public, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Vermont Association of Nurse Anesthetists.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont