These standards and practices, written in 1939, were intended to advance the art and science of anesthesia and thereby support and enhance patient care. In order to better assist in this worthy endeavor, the Illinois Association of Nurse Anesthetists was formed in 1939.
The IANA of that day defined several objectives for the organization:
- To organize Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists in the State of Illinois for the purpose of supporting and encouraging them in the art and science of anesthesiology.
- To facilitate mutual cooperation and understanding between Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists, anesthesiologists, and other health care providers, thereby providing a community of interest in nurse anesthesia.
- To provide IANA members with direction pertaining to governmental policies, legislation, or judicial decisions as they pertain to nurse anesthesia.
- To encourage the enactment of just laws as they pertain to nurse anesthesia.
- To cooperate with the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.
- To issue publications, bulletins and newsletters, thereby informing members of the activities and business of the IANA.
As in every area of life, organizations and members fall short in action, commitment and resolve. In the spirit of our pioneer anesthetists, let us begin anew, working together in this era of never ceasing legislative, reimbursement and work environment uncertainty.