FANA Rebrands, Moves Forward as the Florida Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, September 1, 2021
Contact: Alia Faraj-Johnson
Phone: 850.212.8317 


FANA Rebrands, Moves Forward as the
Florida Association of Nurse Anesthesiology
~Name change designed to advance the science of nurse anesthesiology and advocate for CRNAs~

Tallahassee, FL – FANA, Florida’s 85-year-old professional association representing the State’s more than 5,400 nurse anesthesiology professionals, introduced its new name today. The organization is moving forward as the Florida Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (FANA). The name change was part of a yearlong rebranding effort at the national level designed to advance the science of nurse anesthesiology and advocate for CRNAs—one of the U.S. healthcare system’s highly sought-after anesthesia care providers. Florida’s announcement follows the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology’s rebrand announced last month.

“The administration of anesthesia by nurses began more than 150 years ago and has been an essential part of what CRNAs do in caring for patients in every setting including traditional hospital and obstetrical surgical suites, interventional pain management, critical care units, ambulatory surgical centers, and on the frontlines,” said John McDonough, EdD, CRNA, and one of Florida’s only CRNAs granted permission to use the title, nurse anesthesiologist. 

In 2019 Dr. McDonough petitioned the Florida Board of Nursing and received a unanimous declaratory statement that he could use “nurse anesthesiologist” as a descriptor for his role along with the official CRNA designation. This action placed Florida in step with the growing national acknowledgment of the term “nurse anesthesiologist” for CRNAs.

The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) has recognized the optional titles “nurse anesthesiologist” and “Certified Registered Nurse Anesthesiologist,” and last month the organization announced the formal use of nurse anesthesiology in its name signifying their members' expertise in practicing anesthesia in their role as advanced practice nurses.

“Nurse anesthesiology is the first profession to own the responsibility of anesthesia delivery,” according to AANA President Steven M. Sertich, CRNA, MAE, JD, Esquire. “Today, nurse anesthesiology remains one of the nation’s most innovative fields of science.”

As advanced practice nurses, CRNAs practice in every setting in which anesthesia is delivered. CRNAs are the primary providers of anesthesia care in rural and medically underserved areas and on the battlefield in forward surgical teams. As expert clinicians with specialized skills in advanced airway and ventilator management, advanced hemodynamic monitoring, and advanced patient assessment, CRNAs have expanded the nation’s critical care workforce, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The national association unveiled its new logo and core purpose, “CRNA focused. CRNA inspired.” during its Annual Congress which was held virtually August 13-17. The AANA’s Annual Congress is the largest educational event in nurse anesthesia.

About the Florida Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

Founded in 1936, The Florida Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (FANA) represents more than 5,400 nurse anesthesiology professionals.FANA advocates for our patients and members in legislative and governmental affairs and serves as a resource for CRNAs, the nursing and medical professions, hospitals, health care facilities, and others interested in anesthesia care. For more information visit

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