Ok peeps listen up, I am an SRNA now finally and am pumped. Im not sure how much CRNA politics you guys are farmiliar with but I encourage you whether you are a CRNA, SRNA or future SRNA to learn as much about this as possible. Legislation in Florida and other states is ongoing that may one day effect you and your dreams.
I am a regular on this board as well as the studentdoctor.net Anesthesia forum. I encourage you to visit this board freq and at least read the posts. I often debate with Anesthesia residents and fellows. These residents claims that the mentality of CRNA's is changing and that now CRNA's are more aggressive and proactice than ever before which I do believe to most likely be the case.
By reading on studentdoctor.net forum you can see how the mentality of current Anesthesia residents has changed to feeling real threatened by us. Once CRNA's were loved by MDA's so they can cash out but now that the ASA feels even more threatened by the AANA it seems that these residents are brought thru their programs with negative attitudes instilled in them before they even work with a CRNA. These neagative attitudes by most anesthesia residents makes me nervous because these MDA's will most likely be willing to bolster lobbying efforts in attempt to strip us of future practice rights. The future MDA's will not take a lassie fair mentality toward CRNA's, I predict that it will get ugly in the future.
I ask that all you CRNA's, SRNA's , RN's or students who want to enter the field to farmiliarized yourself with these ongoing issues because they will not all of a sudden go away believe me. I talk to many SRNA's that have no clue what AA's, or that legislation is ongoing attempting to limit CRNA scopes of practice. This is simply absurd. The bottom line is that our present CRNA's have developed a strong professional org. as well as strong lobbying efforts but soon it will be up to us. I predict that what we will be lobbying against a stronger MDA and ASA base in the future to protect our profession compared to what we are faced with presently. Though I know the 2 professions will continue to coexist hopefully in harmony these MDA residents seem really threatend and motivated to bring down CRNA's. Again I challenge you to get involved and at least know whats going on in your profession.
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May 4, '05
I will preface this by saying I am not a SRNA or CRNA yet, however, I work very closely with both CRNAs, anethesia residents and attendings in my role as an RN.
I can only speak from what I have seen - but they all function as a team. The attendings are more of the "supervisory/educator role". The residents, CRNAs, and SRNAs give the gas. I have never sensed a disregard for CRNAs. In fact, where I am - they are highly valued and respected and often can teach both the SRNAs and residents a thing or two. I have never sensed any conflict with regard to the actual role a person plays.
It isn't nurses vs docs. We need to work as a team. Of course we should keep abreast of current issues and lobby as much as we can for our own practice. However, if you can walk the walk and not just talk the talk - you will be respected regardless of the initials behind your name.
There are stupid things that are said on the student doctor net thing. There are also stupid things said about docs on this website. Keep in mind that the majority of the posters on the student doc sites are exactly that - students. They have not been in the real world and have alot left to learn. Let them have their sour attitudes if that is what they want to have. Who knows how many of the naysayers actually ever make it to being a resident. :chuckle
I have strong doubts that the CRNA profession is in any sort of compromise. As CRNAs or future CRNAs we need play our part in protecting our role by educating the public and being great practitioners. Of course economics could change - but considering that CRNAs administer 2/3 of anesthesia - I have strong doubts that any of us would live to see this change.
Florida may have been one step backwards - but within the last two years - ten times the amount of states have passed pro-CRNA laws.
Last edit by New CCU RN on May 4, '05
May 6, '05
I really don't see what's so deplorable about the attitudes except for perhaps a few posts. More than anything, it's a thread about how anesthesiologists have historically not cared too much about what CRNAs did politically and what they believe to be the right thing that was done concerning the Florida issue. A lot of the posts actually say something about how valued nurses and CRNAs are. Although you may not agree with their views and opinions on what's best for patients, I think for the most part, they have handled themselves well without resorting to personal attacks.
Last edit by AWDC on May 6, '05
May 6, '05
Quote from rn29306
See how the thread stays open as long as the spoiled children at SDN whine and complain amongst themselves (seems they are so good at it, do they teach that in med school??) but then close it down after some opposite views come up. Man did I have a good one for the first poster on the 2nd page of the thread..
Tuck and run you spoiled brats..
Closing threads to avert a flame war is pretty much standard operating procedure at SDN forums. Why keep a thread open if it's just going to degenerate?
Last edit by AWDC on May 6, '05