p1_ph2The South Carolina Association of Nurse Anesthetists exists to support members and the profession through education, patient advocacy, practice, and public knowledge. The Association promotes high quality, effective, and safe care by providing professional development at the state and national levels. We are committed to facilitating unencumbered access to quality anesthesia care for all citizens of South Carolina.

The credential CRNA (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist) came into existence in 1956. CRNAs are anesthesia professionals who safely administer more than 34 million anesthetics to patients each year in the US, according to the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) 2012 Practice Profile Survey. CRNAs enjoy a full scope of anesthesia practice opportunities, including preoperative assessment, intra-operative selection, anesthetic management, and postoperative patient care. This challenging and rewarding career enables the nurse anesthetist to select and provide general, regional (including spinal and epidural), and local anesthetics as dictated by the procedure, the patient’s health status, and the patient’s preference (when possible). As of March 1, 2013 there were 113 accredited nurse anesthesia programs in the US utilizing more than 1,850 approved clinical sites; 16 of these programs award a doctoral degree for entry into practice.

The South Carolina Association of Nurse Anesthetists works closely with our membership, area hospitals, private practitioners, educational institutions, and lawmakers to ensure the continual improvement and advancement of working standards and patient care conditions in our state. If you are interested in working towards these goals or want more information about what it takes to become a CRNA, please contact us today. Or, explore our Web site to learn more about the services that our organization provides.

 

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