The Wisconsin Association of Nurse Anesthetists (WIANA) Turns 80

October 06, 2017

WIANA will celebrate its 80th Anniversary at their fall educational meeting in Madison, October 6-8, 2017. As a professional organization representing more than 850 certified registered nurse anesthetists, CRNAs are leaders in providing safe and accessible anesthesia services throughout Wisconsin.

CRNAs practice in all settings and are the primary providers of anesthesia care in rural areas. CRNAs enable health care facilities to offer anesthesia care of obstetrical, surgical, pain management and trauma stabilization services. Nurse anesthetists have been providing anesthesia for over 150 years, and CRNAs were the first nursing specialty to be accorded direct reimbursement under Medicare in 1986. Managed care plans recognize CRNAs for providing safe, high-quality anesthesia care.

The application process for CRNA education is highly competitive and requires real bedside critical care nursing experience. Core values upheld by all members of this community include academic excellence, professionalism, responsibility and compassion.

Visit to view the hospital administrators link for information on anesthesia billing models and CRNA scope of practice.

This story originally appeared in the October 06, 2017 edition of WHA Newsletter