About Us



The Ohio State Association of Nurse Anesthetists is a statewide organization representing over 2,200 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists and students.

The Ohio State Association of Nurse Anesthetists advances excellence in nurse anesthesia practice.


I. The Voice of Nurse Anesthesia – Maintain effective advocacy and government relations programs to advance the profession.

II. Membership Empowerment – Position the membership to be representatives of their profession and the causes.

III. The Authoritative Resource – Serve as the credible resource on nurse anesthesia.

IV. Dynamic State Association – Lead the association with a dynamic structure, resources and leadership.

The mission of OSANA is exemplified through the work of its 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.