New Book Explores Global Nurse Anesthesia and the History of IFNA

Sandra Ouellette, ScD (Hon), MEd, CRNA, FAAN; Betty Horton, PhD, CRNA, FAAN; and Jackie Rowles, DNP, MBA, CRNA, FAAPM, FAAN, are co-editors (and multiple chapter authors) of the newly published book “The Global Voice for Nurse Anesthesia: International Federation of Nurse Anesthetists (1989-2021). All three editors have extensive leadership experience with the International Federation of Nurse Anesthetists (IFNA), as well as the AANA, and are continuing to serve the profession.

This book is the culmination of four years of work from a task force consisting of nurse anesthetists from Switzerland, France, and the USA. Its in-depth reporting of individual country histories validates the contributions of nurse anesthetists in increasing access to anesthesia and surgical services throughout the world. Documentation of the existence of nurse anesthetists is traced back to the 1800s in Burundi, Serbia, Switzerland, and the USA. Anesthesia labor shortages are highlighted throughout reporting of global research statistics. This book demonstrates the ambitious standards of the IFNA member countries, and the high-quality care provided by global nurse anesthetists. The book includes a reprint of the 2021 International Council of Nurses Advanced Practice Nursing Guidelines: Nurse Anesthetist which solidifies the case for recognition and expansion of the nurse anesthetist role as critical to increasing access of anesthesia and surgical care as well as global health.

The book is available for purchase in the AANA bookstore, but quantities are limited. Buy your copy now.

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