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State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

House Resolution

H.R.  6

House resolution recognizing National Nurse Anesthetists Week in Vermont

Offered by:  Representatives Keenan of St. Albans City, Acinapura of Brandon, Bostic of St. Johnsbury, Heath of Westford, Hunt of Essex, Hutchinson of Randolph, Johnson of South Hero, Larson of Burlington, Milkey of Brattleboro, Miller of Shaftsbury and Morley of Barton

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, prior to entering this medical field, an individual must complete a graduate-level educational program in a nationally accredited program of nurse anesthesia and pass the national certified nurse anesthetist (CRNA) examination, 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

Whereas, without these advanced practice nurses, 1,500 health care 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, annually, CRNAs working in Vermont, and throughout the United States in hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, physician’s offices, and the medical facilities of the military, the United States Veterans’ Administration, and the United States Public Health Service, are the hands-on providers of approximately 65 percent of all anesthetics given to patients, and, in rural communities, the percentage is even higher, and

Whereas, in Vermont, CRNAs work with all levels of patients in 10 of the 13 hospitals in which surgical services are provided, and

Whereas, the week of January 22, 2007 has been designated as National Nurse Anesthetists Week, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly recognizes National Nurse Anesthetists Week in Vermont and the importance of Vermont’s certified registered nurse anesthetists and their role in providing quality health care to 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.



____________________________              Attested to:

Gaye R. Symington

Speaker of the House


                                                                      Donald G. Milne

                                                                      Clerk, House of Representatives

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont