The AANA has a new name and a new president. The 90-year-old organization has changed its name to the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (formerly American Association of Nurse Anesthetists) as part of a yearlong rebranding effort designed to advance the science of nurse anesthesiology and advocate for certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs).

“Nurse anesthesiology is the first profession to own the responsibility of anesthesia delivery,” according to AANA Immediate Past-President Steven M. Sertich, CRNA, MAE, JD, Esquire. “Today, nurse anesthesiology remains one of the nation’s most innovative fields of science.”

“Our new name tells the story of who we are, what we do, and what we stand for,” Sertich said. “We have now unified this understanding behind a clear, revitalized brand.”

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The association also unveiled a new core purpose: “CRNA focused. CRNA inspired.” CRNAs have expanded the nation’s critical care workforce, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the AANA. The professional association represents nearly 60,000 CRNAs and student registered nurse anesthetists (SRNAs).

Dina Velocci, DNP, CRNA, APRN

New AANA President

Dina Velocci, DNP, CRNA, APRN, was recently appointed the 2021-2022 president of the AANA. Dr Velocci has long been active in nurse anesthesiology, spanning 18 years as a CRNA and 14 years as a clinical and didactic instructor for nurse anesthetists. She is a former president of the Tennessee Association of Nurse Anesthetists.

“It is my honor and a privilege to serve as president of the AANA in this watershed year in which CRNAs continue to prove that they are indispensable to America’s health care system and provide courageous, compassionate care wherever they are needed during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Dr Velocci said. “At a time of drastic and unrelenting change, we anticipate that CRNAs will be asked to do more, and we know that we can do more. It is my goal to engage and educate industry stakeholders, to ensure that they understand the value of CRNAs as vital to patient care in America.”


American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology. AANA announces major rebrand and moves forward as the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology. News release. August 14, 2021. Accessed September 13, 2021.

American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology. Dina Velocci begins term as president of the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology. News release. August 17, 2021. Accessed September 13, 2021.