Pros & Cons of CRNA vs AA

  1. I was doing some research on a school and found out that they have an Anesthesiologist Assistant Program. I know that the program doesn't require a BSN degree. Also, it may require more advance science courses. However, to you, what do you see as the Pros & Cons vs. CRNA?

    Thanks.
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  2. 14 Comments

  3. by   user69
    I too was looking into the two areas. There are a number of old posts about this subject. In my oppinion the bottom line is that if you already have the qualifications to be accepted into CRNA it will provide more options for the same amount of time in training, if not then AA may be the way to go. CRNAs can practice many more areas, but AAs are growing in popularity due to the overall shortage of providers. With only three AA schools currently in operation, there is more competition to get into the AA program vs. the many CRNA programs out there. I think both groups just want to provide the best care possible for the patient, and make a fair living doing it.


    Allen
  4. by   ThinkingAboutIt
    AA Pros
    No experience required to go to grad school

    AA Cons
    Less Money
    Required to work directly under the supervision of an MDA
    Very few schools teach it

    CRNA Pros
    More Money
    More Autonomy (Not Required to work directly under the supervision of an MDA)

    CRNA Cons
    Requires a critical care experience as an RN
    Requires either a ADN + other BS degree or a BSN degree
  5. by   athomas91
    we were talking about this the other day in clinical....even the doc's are starting to dislike having AA's - because they are sick of being called right and left to ok a med.....
  6. by   alansmith52
    lol... rofl
    Quote from athomas91
    we were talking about this the other day in clinical....even the doc's are starting to dislike having AA's - because they are sick of being called right and left to ok a med.....
  7. by   deepz
    Here's a link. Some ASA distortion and mis-statements, but lots of info:

    http://www.outpatientsurgery.net/200...rtage.php?pg=2

    deepz
  8. by   kmchugh
    So far, the biggest cons of being an AA are the lack of autonomy and the limitations on where you can practice.

    Currently, not all states allow AA's to practice. We have about a year left on my current contract, and we are considering where we will go (if we go anywhere) when the contract is up. I can move to any of the states. Currently, we are thinking along the lines of the southeast, South Carolina, etc.

    KM
  9. by   Pete495
    Your're thinking of moving again Kevin? Thought you guys were nice and cozy there in Illinois
  10. by   user69
    Why is there such a bitter relationship between the CRNA and AA community?
    The number of AAs appears to be so small that they are not worth the amount of attention that they receive. Is there a push from there side to limit the practices of CRNAs?


    Allen
  11. by   ThinkingAboutIt
    Quote from user69
    Why is there such a bitter relationship between the CRNA and AA community?
    The number of AAs appears to be so small that they are not worth the amount of attention that they receive. Is there a push from there side to limit the practices of CRNAs?


    Allen
    Simple, the doctors have traditionally gotten almost all of the health care pie, and AA's are a way that they can keep control and set policy. The doctors want to recieve the fees for all services, and then HIRE helpers who do all the work and just get an hourly wage. No head to head competition for those fees.
  12. by   CRNA, DNSc
    The contention is not truly between the AAs and CRNAs since as you have said there's not that many AAs. But the "practice" of AAs has a model for anesthesia care is being pushed by the ASA as the "answer" to the need for anesthesia care. Reality is that AAs are only the "answer" to the ASA's desire to have a billable but controllable worker bee and since CRNAs aren't buying the ASA view of "Anesthesia is the practice of MEDICINE " they are looking for someone to fill the bill!!!!
  13. by   NurseDiva04
    I have been reading all of the responses. Thanks for commenting on the issue!
  14. by   athomas91
    i agree...i don't think there is alot of contention between CRNA's and anyone...it seems the contention lies TOWARD CRNA's.... AA's are there (as stated by another poster) to leave the "power" in the hands of MDA's - but the practice of an AA is so limited - that there is no reason to have them - an MD must ok every order (why pay another person to push drugs that you have to ok and order...???)

    CRNA's (that i have met) seem completely content w/ their practice and have no desire to be MD's - yet can practice on their own...the best of both worlds...

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