NCANA Diversity and Inclusion Statement

Vision: The North Carolina Association of Nurse Anesthetists embraces the rich diversity of patients, the nurse anesthesia profession and communities to achieve new standards of excellence in anesthesia care, education and research through the organization’s strategic initiatives.

Position: The North Carolina Association of Nurse Anesthetists embraces the value of diversity, inclusion and equity grounded in cultural awareness, sensitivity and competency to respect each individual’s knowledge, experience, values, ideas, attitudes, and skills.

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) provide holistic, patient-centered anesthesia, analgesia and pain management services for patients from diverse backgrounds in a variety of practice settings across the United States.


The North Carolina Association of Nurse Anesthetists is committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity and inclusion. Our human capital is our most valuable asset. The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities and talent that our members invest in the North Carolina Association of Nurse Anesthetists represents a significant part of not only our culture, but our reputation and achievements as well.

We embrace and encourage our Board members and members differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other unique characteristics.

The North Carolina Association of Nurse Anesthetists diversity initiatives are applicable—but not limited—to our practices and policies on recruitment and selection; benefits; professional development and training; and the ongoing development of an environment built on the premise of gender and diversity equity that encourages and enforces:

  • Respectful communication and cooperation.
  • Teamwork and participation, permitting the representation of all groups and perspectives.
  • Participation in the communities we serve to promote a greater understanding and respect for diversity.

All Board members and members of the North Carolina Association of Nurse Anesthetists have a responsibility to treat others with dignity and respect at all times. All members are expected to exhibit conduct that reflects inclusion at all times.