CRNA Spotlight on Ketamine

A recent article in the New York Times says the "suicide rate has been rising in the United States since the beginning of the century, and is now the 10th leading cause of death," according to the CDC.

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) are on the forefront of administering ketamine to those suffering from severe depression and anxiety. Although ketamine is not a new drug (it has been used as an anesthetic for years), its application to depression is relatively new. It is administered in low doses at a slow rate.

Below are news stories that reveal the work that CRNAs are doing with ketamine and depression and anxiety across the country. For more information about ketamine, see AANA's Ketamine Infusion Therapy page.

First of Its Kind Ketamine Infusion Center Opens in Endinburg, Texas
The Nova Vita Wellness Center in Edinburg provides treatment for patients suffering from conditions such as Major Depression Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, suicidal ideations, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, migraines and more. Research shows that pain and depression can quickly be relieved with low doses of intravenously-administered ketamine. CRNA Jorge Alvarez is a board certified registered nurse anesthetist with more than 12 years experience in anesthesia administration across multiple clinical settings and specialties. He is a highly proficient clinician with additional experience in clinical leadership, contract development, and healthcare management. Jorge currently serves as the Chief CRNA at a local surgery center and as Founder and CEO of Nova Vita Wellness Centers.
Valley Central News, June 26, 2019

New Ketamine on the Block: CRNA-run Clinics Offer Career Fulfillment
For Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists, ketamine clinics offer an opportunity to utilize well-honed skills in a new and different venue among CRNA jobs, and for some to find their life's calling. One CRNA we talked to says there's no one in healthcare more qualified than CRNAs to deliver ketamine to patients, and no doubt his peers agree.
Health eCareers, May 13, 2019

Ormond Beach Resident Leading Ketamine Infusion Treatment in Port Orange
Ormond Beach resident Bill Self has dealt ketamine virtually all of his professional life. As a nurse anesthetist who worked in local hospitals, the drug was commonly used in the anesthesia he administered to patients. However, it wasn't until he started teaching at the University of North Florida that he started studying all of its potentials.
Ormond Beach Observer, April 22, 2019

Ketamine Shows New Promise for Idahoans Suffering from Drug-Resistant Depression
CRNA Nykol Rice, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, and her husband Jeremy opened the clinic three years ago. "Ketamine has been shown, within an hour of the first administration, to show neuronal regrowth," said Rice. "So these neurons are actually physically regenerating."
KIVI Boise TV, March 19, 2019

Idaho Mother Finds Relief in Experimental Depression Treatment
Tina Gordon co-founded the Ketamine Clinic of Spokane, alongside Josh Spartz and Kimber Royter. Gordon is also a board certified [registered] nurse anesthetist. She believes, with expert medical care, ketamine intravenous infusions save lives.
KXLY (Spokane, Wash.), November 29, 2018

Radical Approach to Depression Being Offered in Wichita
"We are new to ketamine infusions as they relate to depression, but we're not new to ketamine as a medication," says Sonia Slaba, a [Certified] Registered Nurse Anesthetist at Advanced Infusion and Wellness Center.
KAKE (Wichita, Kansas), July 2018

Veteran Turns to Unconventional Treatment for PTSD
"This is an extra option for people who have run out of options, this is helping to treat treatment-resistant conditions," said Katie Walker, a certified registered nurse anesthetist, and co-founder of Revitalist. Walker and another CRNA, Jenn Hultz, left their jobs at a local hospital to open Revitalist. It's the first ketamine clinic in Tennessee and the only one in the Knoxville area.
KWTX (Waco, Texas), May 19, 2018

Bismarck Clinic Treats Pain, Depression with Ketamine
A clinic in Bismarck is offering treatments with ketamine, which is growing in popularity as a treatment for depression and pain. Jackie Materi, a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist and the operator of the Ketamine Care Clinic, administers the drug through a vein, with six infusions over a two-week period.
The Spokesman Review (Spokane, Wash.), July 23, 2017