This Veterans Day, the Tennessee Association of Nurse Anesthetists gratefully pays tribute to the thousands of veteran and active-duty military CRNAs who have served our country caring for those who fight to protect the American way of life.
The bond between our military heroes and CRNAs was forged more than 150 years ago, when nurses first gave anesthesia to wounded soldiers on the battlefields of the Civil War. Since then, CRNAs have been the primary front-line anesthesia providers in every U.S. military action around the globe. Throughout the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines there are scores of CRNAs who received their anesthesia education at military universities and gained indelible experience in austere environments courageously and compassionately caring for service men and women.
At home, CRNAs are essential healthcare providers in Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals, ensuring that deserving veterans receive the best surgical, obstetrical, trauma, and pain management care possible.
As TANA president, it is my honor and privilege to salute those who have served to protect and those who have served to heal our protectors.
With enduring respect and gratitude,
Brad Koss, DNAP, CRNA, APN