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A Note Regarding HB268

CRNAs of Alabama,
It’s an honor to report to you that HB268 was signed into law by Governor Ivey on April 14th. CRNAs can now work with podiatrists in addition to “licensed physicians and dentists.” The law is also now congruent with rules and regulations with respect to procedural ordering which is defined as the ability to order tests and/or medications before, during, and after an analgesic or an anesthetic. It also now includes language that we may work under direction of or in coordination with a licensed physician, dentist, or podiatrist. This language opens more dialogue with non-anesthesiologist physicians, dentists, and podiatrists about potential partnerships.

This is a huge step in the right direction for CRNAs practicing in the State of Alabama.
We would like to thank the medical association and its representatives for working with the ALANA to come up with language that was agreeable to both the CRNAs and the physicians of Alabama. In the end, we were able to work together to provide greater access to anesthesia care for the citizens of our great state.
A special thanks to Representative Wes Kitchens who sponsored HB268 and Speaker Mac McCutcheon who served as a co-sponsor. Many others worked tirelessly to make this a reality. We thank everyone involved in getting HB268 across the finish line. In the end, the winners are the citizens of Alabama.

Wesley Canerday
President, Alabama Association of Nurse Anesthetists

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Welcome to the website of the Alabama Association of Nurse Anesthetists (ALANA). ALANA is the professional organization that represents our state’s nurse anesthetists and student nurse anesthetists. Our organization’s expertise ranges from governmental practice issues, workplace issues, continuing education, public relations, patient advocacy, and other matters related to the promotion of the nurse anesthesia profession. This website is developed and maintained to keep the members and friends of ALANA informed on issues and opportunities of importance in our rapidly changing health care environment.

Our Mission

Our Mission is to advance quality anesthesia care, serve our members, promote the nurse anesthesia profession.


Our Vision  is to be recognized leaders in anesthesia care, who:

  • are known for their commitment to patient safety

  • practice at the fullest extent of their scope of practice

  • have 100% of Alabama CRNAs as members

  • are fully reimbursed for their services

A Letter From Our President

Welcome to alabamacrna.org, the home of your Alabama Association of Nurse Anesthetists. 


I am proud to be a member of such an active association.  It is a privilege to work alongside other CRNAs in the state of Alabama who provide excellent care to those we serve.  I also consider myself privileged to serve as your current president with so many talented and altruistic anesthesia providers.
It’s a great time to be a CRNA!  Opportunities abound to showcase our expertise.  Over the past couple of years, CRNAs have shown that we can and will step up when called on to take care of the most acutely ill patients in Alabama.  Recently, every Senator in the state signed a resolution recognizing CRNAs’ excellence in care.  It is our duty to continue to educate the public on the safe and effective care CRNAs deliver every day.

If you are a practicing CRNA, we say welcome.  We hope that you find what you are looking for whether it is to register for an upcoming meeting, to gain insight into the functionality of your board, to obtain reference documents on issues central to Alabama CRNAs, or simply to find contact information for questions you may have.  We are constantly looking for ways to improve what we do for you – our members.  If you are a member, we say thank you.  If you are not a member, we encourage you to join.  We need everyone!  Contact us with suggestions on how we can better serve you!

If you are a patient that has questions about your upcoming surgery, we would love to hear from you as well.  Ultimately, you are the reason we exist!  We want to do our best to ease your fears as you enter into a somewhat uncertain event in your life.  We aim to continually increase the content we share with our patients, so you will be more informed about your anesthetic journey.  Contact us with any questions you may have and we will be happy to do what we can to help.

Are you a student interesting in becoming a Nurse Anesthetist?  You have come to the right place.  There are basic FAQs listed on our page for you to get started with the conversation about how to become a CRNA.

As you may have noticed, our social media accounts have risen to a different height in the past few months.  Our aim is to continue to grow our presence throughout the state.  This presence will serve as an avenue by which we can communicate to our members as well as the general public.  We hope you will take the time to check us out on Facebook and Instagram.  Follow us on both accounts so you can remain informed on anesthesia in Alabama.

Help protect your practice by becoming a PAC donor.  It is easy to donate via the ALA-CRNA-PAC tab.  You have the ability to give a one-time donation or make it a monthly donation.  Please consider donating.  This is one way we can all help keep our profession on the right track.  Please check back frequently for new and improved content as we are trying to provide you with the most up-to-date information possible.

Once again, it is a pleasure to serve you!  Keep being excellent!

Wesley Canerday CRNA, MSNA
President, ALANA

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