New Mexico Association of Nurse Anesthetists (NMANA)


Since its inception, the New Mexico Association of Nurse Anesthetists (NMANA) has continued in the forefront of advancing the profession of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs). NMANA members work in every conceivable setting, in all parts of New Mexico both in civilian and military duty.

The credential CRNA (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist) came into existence in 1956. CRNAs are anesthesia professionals who safely administer more than 34 million anesthetics to patients each year in the United States, according to the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) 2012 Practice Profile Survey. CRNAs are the primary providers of anesthesia care in rural America, enabling healthcare facilities in medically underserved areas to offer obstetrical, surgical, pain management and trauma stabilization services. In some states, CRNAs are the sole providers in nearly 100 percent of the rural hospitals.

Research shows that Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) are the most cost-effective anesthesia providers with an exceptional safety record. In today's changing healthcare environment, patients want healthcare delivered with personal care, at a lower cost, with a high degree of confidence. CRNAs deliver all of these.

So that you will have the information to better understand the role that anesthesia care and pain management play in the delivery of healthcare, will provide you with resources about the profession of Nurse Anesthetists, pertinent legislation in New Mexico, what to expect during surgery and frequently asked questions about your care.

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    Opioid Issues

    Subject: Information Related to Opioid Crisis


    Hello Everyone!!!  I am so very, very happy to be able to share the following information regarding educational offerings to address the opioid crisis.  PLEASE share this information about these free opportunities with colleagues.

    ANA joins 25 National Nursing Organizations Working Together to Offer Education on the Opioid Crisis AND APNA offers a free, on-demand CE Course on Effective Treatments for Opioid Use Disorder

    First, to combat the nation's opioid epidemic, 25 national nursing organizations have joined forces to offer a free online educational series [Click Here]  that will serve as a resource for practicing nurses, faculty and students.  The following topics :

    September 22 at 2:00 PM (ET) – Understanding the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain and Other    National Strategies [Click Here]

    October 6 at 2:00 PM (ET) – The Opioid Crisis: APRN Curricular Integration [Click Here]

    October 20 at 2:00 PM (ET) – The National Opioid Crisis: Your Practice, Your Responsibility [Click Here]

    Additional details are in the attached flyer.  For questions or additional information, please [Click Here]

    In addition, now through July 2018, the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) will be offering a free, on-demand CE course: Effective Treatments for Opioid Use Disorder: Educating & Empowering All Registered Nurses (RN) During an Epidemic.  The module has been tailored to three separate groups: Registered Nurses (RNs), Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses, and Advanced Practice RNs.  More information is available at:

    All the best,


    Deborah Walker, MSN, RN
    Executive Director
    New Mexico Nurses Association
    Advocating for Nursing Practice Since 1921

    Direct: (505) 660-3890
    Office:  (505) 471-3324
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