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Posted: Friday, January 10, 2014 10:43 am

Administering anesthesia across the United States for 150 years, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) from Emporia Anesthesia Associates and thousands of their colleagues from around the country are celebrating this year’s 15th annual National Nurse Anesthetists Week campaign taking place Jan. 19 through 25.

With a history spanning back to the Civil War, nurse anesthetists have remained at the head of the table every moment of their patients’ procedures, administering their anesthetics, monitoring their vital signs, and helping to ensure that each year millions of patients receive the safest anesthesia care possible.  

“As CRNAs, we administer anesthesia to patients undergoing a variety of surgical and obstetrical procedures,” says Larry Finley, CRNA, with Emporia Anesthesia Associates. “Regardless of the setting, nurse anesthetists apply the same high standards of care. It is a privilege to be a part of a profession that is dedicated to providing a safe anesthetic and has historically played a pivotal role in every facet of anesthesia advancement.”

Nurse anesthetists are advanced practice registered nurses who administer approximately 33 million anesthetics in the United States each year. Practicing in every setting in which anesthesia is available, CRNAs work with a great deal of autonomy and are the sole anesthesia professionals in the vast majority of rural hospitals.

As the main hands-on provider of anesthesia care in both military and civilian settings, CRNAs practice in every setting in which anesthesia is administered. That includes but is not limited to hospital operating and delivery rooms; ambulatory surgical centers; the offices of dentists, podiatrists, ophthalmologists, plastic surgeons; pain management centers, and  within the U.S. Military, Public Health Services, and Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities.  

Emporia Anesthesia Associates has provided anesthesia and pain management services at Newman Regional Health for more than 40 years. Emporia Anesthesia Associates CRNAs are Jerry Campbell, Robert Davis, Larry Finley, and Brian Tackitt.

Meet the Nurse Anesthetists:

Jerry Campbell, CRNA, graduated from St. Catherine’s School of Nurse Anesthesia in 1977 and has practiced for 37 years. He has been at Newman for 11 years and enjoys playing golf.  

Brian Tackitt, CRNA, graduated from Newman University School of Anesthesia in 2008 and has practiced for five years. He has been at Newman since October 2012 and enjoys bow hunting, the outdoors and classic cars.

Larry Finley, CRNA, graduated from Truman Medical Center School of Nurse Anesthesia in 1996 and has practiced for 18 years. He has been at Newman for four years and enjoys racquetball, spending time with his family, exercising, and traveling.

Robert Davis, CRNA, graduated from the University of New England School of Nurse Anesthesia in 2002 and has practiced for 12 years. He has been at Newman for 11 years and spends his extra time with his kids and exercising.

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