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WANA | Washington Association of Nurse Anesthetists has promoted best practices in the field of anesthesia, provided members with exceptional training and career opportunities, and while elevating issues of critical concern to the delivery of healthcare in the state of Washington.

WANA includes over 772 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) as well as 729 active and student members in Washington State.

The Mission of WANA is to promote the profession of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) in Washington State. Our core values include:

  • Educate CRNAs to achieve excellence in anesthesia practice
  • Ensure patient safety
  • Represent the collective professional interests of CRNAs
  • Advocate for the profession of nurse anesthesia


  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing or applied science and licensure as a Registered Nurse
  • Minimum of one year of critical care nursing experience
  • Master’s degree focused in Nurse Anesthesia from an accredited program
  • Pass a national board certification examination
  • Obtain an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner License from WA State


  • CRNAs provide anesthesia in all settings: Hospital, Ambulatory Surgery Centers, Offices and Pain Clinics
  • CRNAs administer anesthesia at 67% of all Hospitals*
  • CRNAs administer anesthesia at 93% of all Rural Hospitals*
  • CRNAs are the only anesthesia providers at 72% of all Rural Hospitals*
    *of hospitals that provide surgical services
  • Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center/Gonzaga University Nurse Anesthesia Program in Spokane, WA is one of over nationally 100 accredited schools.
  • In 2003, Governor Locke signed the CMS Opt Out authorizing CRNA independent practice without physician supervision.
To see the FAQ's and learn more about the vital role that CRNAs play in Washington's health, click here.
WANA also sponsors educational conferences in an effort to provide the people of Washington State the highest quality anesthesia care available. The educational conferences offer a multitude of opportunities to introduce new technology; pharmaceuticals and patient care improvement systems.  
For the past 81 years, members of WANA have been committed to the delivery of high quality, cost effective anesthesia care in the state of WA. The members of WANA would like to be a resource for any future anesthesia related questions.


In the Spring of 1936, Spokane hospital representatives Elizabeth Scully, June Roberts, Alice Claude and Mary Leonard met at a luncheon in the Davenport Hotel. Their purpose was to form plans for the creation of an association for Nurse Anesthetists.

A few short years later, on 20 February 1939, the Washington Association of Nurse Anesthetists (WANA) was organized. Their first meeting occurred at the Davenport Hotel in May 1940.

June Roberts was a charter member and first president of WANA. Her primary interest was to promote and encourage nurse anesthetist education. During her time as president of WANA, she increased anesthetist enrollment from two students per year to fourteen. June's enthusiasm and assiduous efforts in the school of anesthesia was responsible for obtaining full accreditation from the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists in 1953. The following year, she retired after three decades as Director of Anesthesia at Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane. Click Here to read the original newspaper article announcing June Roberts' retirement.