Our Approach

What is a CRNA?

CRNAs are highly educated anesthesia professionals who provide the full range of anesthesia and pain management services. As advanced practice registered nurses, CRNAs have been providing anesthesia in the United States for more than 150 years, long before the CRNA credential came into existence in 1956.

CRNAs administer general, regional, and local anesthesia in addition to rendering pain management services.

  • General Anesthesia – The patient is completely unconscious after being given injected and/or inhaled drugs.
  • Regional Anesthesia – The patient remains awake, though sedated, while a portion of the body is made numb.
  • Local Anesthesia – Injection of a painkilling drug into a specific body part, which can be followed by intravenous drugs to keep the patient sedated.
  • Pain Management – Encompasses pharmacological, nonpharmacological, and other approaches to prevent, reduce, or stop pain sensations.

Our Story

Officers and Board of Directors


Debra Varela, CRNA, DNP
2020-2021 President
Fayetteville, AR

Slade Bridwell, CRNA
2020-2021 President-Elect
Rogers, AR

Emily Barton, CRNA
2020-2021 Vice President
Fort Smith, AR

Bradley Pitts, CRNA
2020-2022 Secretary
Jonesboro, AR

Kasia Pabian, CRNA
2020-2022 Treasurer
Little Rock, AR

Lance Ogle, CRNA
2020-2021 Past President
Rogers, AR

Board Members

Ed Weeks, CRNA
2019-2021 Board Member
Monticello, AR

Eric Wood
2019-2021 Board Member
Dundee, MS

Beth Williams, CRNA
2019-2021 Board Member
Little Rock, AR

John Mark Rutter, CRNA
2020-2022 Board Member
Jonesboro, AR

April Owens, CRNA
2020-2022 Board Member
Little Rock, AR

Samantha Aiken, CRNA
2020-2022 Board Member
Cave Springs, AR

Hannah Agudelo, SRNA
2020-2021 SRNA Representative
Jonesboro, AR


2019-2020 Student Representative

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