MoANA History

HelenlambThe Missouri Association of Nurse Anesthetists (MoANA) has more than 1236 members. MoANA was founded in 1935 by 15 charter members, including Helen Lamb of St. Louis. She became the first president of MoANA and later served as president of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA), our parent organization. She also was director of one of the first schools of nurse anesthesia, begun in 1929 at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis. The Barnes School of Nurse Anesthesia was proudly in existence for more than 65 years. The Barnes/Washington University Nurse Anesthesia Program graduated its last official class in August of 1994. The program is now called the Goldfarb School Nursing Anesthesia Program at Barnes-Jewish College in St. Louis, Missouri. The college re-opened its doors again in 2005.

MoANA was founded in 1935 by 15 charter members, including Helen Lamb of St. Louis. She became the first president of MoANA and later served as president of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA), our parent organization.

History of Nurse Anesthesia

Established in the late 1800s as the first clinical nursing specialty, nurse anesthesia developed in response to the growing need surgeons had for individuals dedicated to the watchful care of the anesthesized patient. Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) have been administering anesthesia for over 150 years. Missouri CRNAs are among the largest and oldest organized groups of CRNAs in America.