ORANA Vision: High quality, safe and effective nurse anesthesia care for all the people of Oregon.
Advocacy-Advocating for unfettered access to high quality, cost effective and safe nurse anesthesia care for Oregonians.
Education-Continually educating Oregonians on the role of CRNAs in healthcare and maintain the membership’s knowledge of evidence based anesthesia care.
Representation-Establishing working relationships with concerned parties and stakeholders in order to accurately convey nurse anesthetist’s unique contribution to the health care of Oregonians.
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) are well-established, proven-safe and cost-effective anesthesia providers. CRNAs have been safely caring for Oregonians for more than 100 years and continue to grow in number.
The provision of anesthesia by nurses has a long history in Oregon. The first school of nurse anesthesia in the country was established at Portland's St. Vincent's Hospital in 1909, more than a century ago. Although that program closed its doors in 1956, the Oregon Health and Sciences University (OHSU) School of Nursing has been training nurse anesthetists in Oregon since 2006 in its 27 month Master's degree Nurse Anesthesia Program.
Oregon currently has more than 350 CRNAs serving Oregonians in all care settings, 40% of whom practice in the non-metropolitan and rural regions of Oregon. Oregon is largely a rural state and is home to 25 critical access hospitals, all of which utilize CRNAs for their anesthesia services. The Oregon Association of Nurse Anesthetists itself dates back to 1935 and is the professional association for CRNAs who preside or practice in the region. Nearly 93% of all CRNAs working in Oregon belong to this professional organization.
CRNAs provide anesthesia care anywhere it is needed in both rural and urban settings. CRNAs practice in every setting in which anesthesia is delivered: traditional hospital surgical suites and obstetrical delivery rooms; critical access hospitals; ambulatory surgical centers; the offices of dentists, podiatrists, ophthalmologists, plastic surgeons, and other medical professionals; and U.S. Military and Veterans Administration healthcare facilities.
David Andrews, MHS, CRNA