It's a health care job that sometimes is forgotten, quite literally. Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists joke that it's their job to put people to sleep, but they do want people to know more about their impact on health care.
Nationally, this is CRNA week, an opportunity for these health care providers to get out in the community and introduce themselves to the patients they serve.
Jim Albrecht, with the Wisconsin Association of Nurse Anesthetists, says CRNAs help keep health expenses down and provide much needed care to rural areas, which are often underserved. CRNAs allow those rural areas to offer obstetrical, surgical, pain management and trauma stabilization services.