Jamaican Association of Nurse Anesthetists (JANA)


Number of anaesthesia cases per year:
46 000
Number of Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA):
Number of Anesthesiologists:
Number of habitants
2 642 628

Nurse anaesthesia regulation:
Jamaica Association of Nurse Anaesthetists

  • Nursing Council of Jamaica
  • Government of Jamaica (Ministry of Health)
  • University of the West Indies

Nurse anaesthesia education:

The nurse anaesthesia education programme is thirty-two (32) months inclusive of six (6) months internship period. The programme was adapted from the Mount Marty College, Yankton, South Dakota, under the guidance of Sister Mary Arthur Schramm – Former Director in collaboration with the Director of the Jamaica School of Nurse Anaesthesia, the University of the West Indies (UWI), Department of Advanced Nursing Education (DANE).

Entry requirements:

  • A Registered Nurse
  • Certified Midwife
  • 5 – 8 years post registration experience

Duration: 32 months


Diploma (to be upgraded in 2007 to Masters degree)

Number of classroom hours

Theory – Topics:

  • Anatomy/Physiology/Pathophysiology 120 hrs.
  • Chemistry 92 hrs.
  • Physics 100 hrs.
  • Pharmacology:
  • Accessory agents 50 hrs.
  • Anaesthetic agents 60 hrs.
  • Psychology 40 hrs.
  • Sociology 40 hrs.
  • Orientation to Anaesthesia 30 hrs.

Principles of Anaesthesia

  • Basic 200 hrs
  • Advanced 60 hrs.
  • Physical Assessment 60 hrs
  • Research Methodology 45 hrs.
  • Management 40 hrs.

Number of clinical training hours: 1760 hrs.

Numbers of cases required: 600

Accreditation: U.W.I./University of Technology

Nurse anaesthesia practice:

Nurse anaesthetists practice according to their expertise, the Government status, regulations and institutional policies, administering anaesthesia and related care in the following categories:

  • Pre-anaesthesia evaluation/preparation
  • Induction/maintenance/emergence
  • Post-anaesthesia care/clinical support functions

Recertification: Biennial re-licensure – Nursing Council of Jamaica requirements

Activities of the National Association:

The Association is established for the purpose of carrying out such of the following charitable objectives, namely:

(i) To promote, develop and maintain high standards of professional service and cost-effective anaesthesia care of patients.

(ii) To serve as the voice of the Nurse Anaesthetists in Jamaica and other Caribbean islands in matters relative to the profession and to influence conditions of employment that are likely to attract and retain qualified persons into the profession.

(iii) To stimulate and maintain professional competence through continuing research, education and training of Nurse Anaesthetists.
(iv) To protect the socioeconomic welfare of Nurse Anaesthetists.

(v) To promote cooperation between Nurse Anaesthetists internationally through affiliation with the international organizations (IFNA, AANA, ICN and CANA)


  • Annual Scientific Conference
  • Annual Workshop/Annual General Meeting
  • Community Outreach Programme (sponsorship of two high school students from 1st – 5th form)

Continuing education opportunities:

  • Local Conferences/Seminars
  • A.A.N.A.
  • I.F.N.A.
  • Jamaica Association of Anaesthesiologists

Professional magazines: J.A.N.A. 40th Anniversary Magazine

Contact persons for country information:

National Association contact:

Address: C/o Kingston Public Hospital
North Street
Jamaica W.I.

Email: joycedaley@hotmail.com

Tel: 1(876) 948-6374

Fax: 1(876) 922-0368