R 026
2017 -- S 0092
Enacted 01/26/2017

S E N A T E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Senators Miller, and Algiere
Date Introduced: January 26, 2017

     WHEREAS, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) are essential to Rhode
Island's and America's health care systems, providing high-quality, cost-effective anesthesia care
for more than 150 years; and
     WHEREAS, CRNAs are anesthesia specialists who safely administer approximately 43
million anesthetics to patients each year in the United States; and
     WHEREAS, CRNAs were the first specialists to provide anesthesia care in the United
States, tracing their roots to nurse Alice Magaw, the "mother of anesthesia" who practiced at the
Mayo Clinic at the turn of the 19th century; and
     WHEREAS, CRNAs offer obstetrical, surgical, and trauma stabilization as they practice
in every setting in which anesthesia is delivered: traditional hospital surgical suites and obstetrical
delivery rooms, dentists' offices, ophthalmologists' and plastic surgery offices, ambulatory
surgery centers, the U.S. Military and public Health Services and Veteran Administration medical
facilities; and
     WHEREAS, Nurses first provided anesthesia to wounded soldiers during the Civil War,
and more anesthetists have been the main provider of anesthesia care to United States Military
personnel on the front lines since WWI; and
     WHEREAS, Two Rhode Island hospital based programs, Memorial Hospital of Rhode
Island School of Nurse Anesthesia and St. Joseph's Hospital School of Anesthesia for Nurses
educate nurse anesthetists at the Master's degree level and have helped educate the majority of the
more than 150 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists who live and provide anesthesia to
patients in the State of Rhode Island; now, therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this Senate of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
hereby proclaims the week of January 22nd through January 28th, 2017 as "CRNA Week" in the
State of Rhode Island. We furthermore recognize and thank all the nurse anesthetists for their
dedication and contributions to building a brighter future for all the citizens of the Ocean State;
and be it further
     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit duly certified copies of this resolution to the Rhode Island Association of Nurse
Anesthetists, Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island School of Nurse Anesthesia, and St. Joseph's
Hospital School of Anesthesia for Nurses.