About Us



The Ohio State Association of Nurse Anesthetists is a statewide organization representing over 2,300 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists and students.

To promote and protect the scope of practice of Nurse Anesthetists through advocacy and education.

The Ohio State Association of Nurse Anesthetists will be the association which advances the quality and excellence of nurse anesthesia care. 

Core Values

  • Patient Safety
  • Member Wellbeing
  • Integrity
  • Caring/Compassion
  • Innovation

The mission and vision of the OSANA are exemplified through the work of the OSANA committees. Contact the OSANA Executive Director, Peggy Blankenship, to get involved.

Jeffrey Molter, CRNA, MSN, MBA performs a peribulbar block, while Barb Finley, RN, retracts the upper eyelid on a patient at Park West Surgical Center, Akron, Ohio.  (Photo taken by Wendy Corcoran, RN.)

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) have provided anesthesia in the U.S. for over 150 years. CRNAs are advanced practice registered nurses who have completed an accredited postgraduate nurse anesthesia program and passed a national certifying exam.  By 2025, all programs will award graduates a doctoral degree for entry into practice. 

Qualified to administer all types of anesthesia independently, including general, spinal, epidural, regional blocks and intravenous sedation, CRNAs provide over 33 million anesthetics annually, and are the sole providers in over 66% of rural hospitals.