Quote from sistermike
I am not a CRNA, nor am I a pre-CRNA; however, I really do not forsee CRNA's gaining the ability to independently practice. CRNA's are mid-level practitioners, and like NP/PA/CNM/etc., they will probably always have to work under the supervision or with the collaboration of an MD/DO
I notice from your profile that you are a student nurse, so I can't help but wonder why you think you are such an expert on CRNA independent practice? You are simply mistaken and I want to take this opportunity to enlighten you.
CRNAs practice independently now, have done so in the past and will continue to in the future. If you have contrary information, please post it here with references. I am an independent CRNA and the last time I saw an anesthesiologist in my operating room, he was on the table and I was giving him an anesthetic. In my state, there is no such thing as "supervision" per the nurse practice act regarding nurse anesthetists. Of course, we practice in collaboration with physicians, dentists, podiatrists, but that is because anesthesia is usually performed in conjunction with a surgical, diagnostic or therapeutic procedure. Except for pain blocks, which are done via an order, such as any procedure is, like an x-ray.
I have extensive experience and education in the profession of nurse anesthesiology, the law and the business of anesthesia. We are one of the most elite professions in the country and are proud of our role in making surgery painless and safe. The AANA, our professional organization has the reputation for being the strongist in nursing and over 95% of all CRNAs are members.
I apologize if you think I was too hard on you, but I am proud of my profession, love every minute of doing anesthesia and have distain for deliberate misinformation. Please prove your point or reconsider posting incorrect information.
yoga crna (independent practitioner of anesthesia)