"Anesthesiologists are gaming the system" - page 5

To make this whole issue even more absurd are two recent studies published in the journal "Anesthesiology," the official publication of the ASA, and "Anesthesia & Analgesia." In one, communications... Read More

  1. Visit  wtbcrna} profile page
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    Puhleeze.....I am a military CRNA. I do not make more money by seeing ACTs eliminated. I do find benefit in anesthesiologists, but is not through medical direction/supervision.

    IMHO AAs are political tools invented and used by the ASA to try control CRNAs.
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    Quote from wtbcrna
    Puhleeze.....I am a military CRNA. I do not make more money by seeing ACTs eliminated. I do find benefit in anesthesiologists, but is not through medical direction/supervision.

    IMHO AAs are political tools invented and used by the ASA to try control CRNAs.
    So if you've got no dog in this hunt, why do you care? There's certainly no quality of care/lack of education argument. There can only be a financial/anti-competition argument which translates only to greed.

    AA's were not "invented" as a political tool, but I realize it's pointless to argue that with you because we'll never agree. However, CRNA's are doing a fine job shooting themselves in the foot over and over and over again with their claims of equivalency to anesthesiologists, demanding the same practice rights as anesthesiologists without the educational background and training to back it up, and then whining when anesthesiologists say "enough is enough" and stop training student nurse anesthetists, even though they lose their free labor in the process. Do I personally as an AA benefit from all that? Absolutely.

    We're not in overproduction mode as CRNA's are. We weren't noticed much when there were just 25 of us graduating each year, but with more than 200 graduating this year and two new schools that just started and more committed, we are much more of a factor than we used to be. Anesthesia groups around the country are hiring AA's as fast as they can find them, and working at enabling AA practice in states where we don't currently practice. If some of the motivation for that is anesthesiologists thumbing their collective noses at CRNA's and CRNA "professional" organizations, I couldn't be happier. True, we're still much smaller as a profession than nurse anesthesia, but we're infinitely more noticeable and recognized than we were 20 years ago.
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    IMHO AAs are political tools invented and used by the ASA to try control CRNAs.[/QUOTE]

    I cannot fathom how anyone could disagree with this. Except an ASA member or AA. And even the more reasonable members of those cohorts would agree with it. I have seen no plausible explanation for the expansion of the AA programs in recent years.
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