Anesthetist?

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    I have not been involved in anesthesia as long as others have but when I originally heard of CRNAs, I heard them referred to as anesthetists. When did AAs adopt this title? When I'm referred to as an anesthesiologist, I correct the patient and give a quick explanation of my position.

    Not trying to rock the boat but just curious if this is a problem.
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    I've never worked with AAs, but all health care providers should correctly identify themselves. I want people to understand I am an advanced practice nurse, and introduce myself as a nurse anesthetist. AA - Anesthesiologist Assistant- does not include anesthetist so it's interesting that an AA would use the term anesthetist. Do you think he/she wants patients to think they are a nurse anesthetist?
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    I've never worked with AAs, but all health care providers should correctly identify themselves. I want people to understand I am an advanced practice nurse, and introduce myself as a nurse anesthetist. AA - Anesthesiologist Assistant- does not include anesthetist so it's interesting that an AA would use the term anesthetist. Do you think he/she wants patients to think they are a nurse anesthetist?
    I was reading up on them a little and the AAAA website is anesthetist.com. I understand why we say anesthetist bc it's part of our name just wasn't sure why they did. Not to say that the general public necessarily knows the difference.
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    You would also be entirely correct in introducing yourself as a Nurse-anesthesiologist.


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