PCH/FMC Honors Its Nurse Anesthetists in 2018

PCH/FMC Honors Its Nurse Anesthetists in 2018

01/08/2018

Staff provides pain management and more

Paris Community Hospital/Family Medical Center recognizes the quality work of its Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) during National CRNA Week, January 21-27. This year’s theme is “Every Breath, Every Beat, Every Second–We are There.”

National CRNA Week was established by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) in 2000, and is recognized the last full week in January. The AANA represents more than 52,000 CRNAs and student registered nurse anesthetists nationwide, and promotes education, practice standards, and guidelines for the profession.

CRNAs are advanced practice nurses with graduate-level education in anesthesiology. They safely administer 43 million anesthetics to Americans each year. They are the primary providers of anesthesia in rural communities like PCH/FMC.

At PCH/FMC, four CRNAs provide anesthesia services to surgical patients. They are: David Grazaitis, CRNA, APN, manager of anesthesia services; Lee Webber, CRNA, APN; Maribeth McCormack, CRNA, APN; and Adam Schneider, CRNA, APN. Each has a specialty training certificate in pain management and ultrasound-guided peripheral nerve blocks, and provides anesthesia to patients in PCH’s Pain Management Clinic.

In 2014, PCH became a clinical site for graduate-level nursing students with specialty training in anesthesia. Through PCH’s direct affiliation program with Southern Illinois University–Edwardsville (SIU-E), nurse anesthetist students perform clinical rotations at the hospital as part of their education. Under the direction of the clinical instructors, the students administer anesthesia to surgery patients, as well as patients in the Pain Management Clinic.

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