Quote from athomas91
this is what CRNAs want to see IF AA practice is going to be....but - why - if you are going to train AA's more like CRNA's don't you just train more CRNA's.....why isn't the ASA throwing their money behind more CRNA's.....THAT IS YOUR ANSWER....
Of course they're going to promote their own self interests, just as CRNA's do. Do you really expect MDA's to spend more money on CRNA's when they can't profit from it? Of course not. Just as CRNA's don't spend their money on the MDA agenda because they don't profit from it.
I really wonder if CRNA's should be lobbying for more AA training instead. This all or nothing approach could really bite if AA's win more legislative battles.
Think about it: As it stands now, CRNA's are trying to stop the whole thing. If they fail, like they did in Florida, you have more AA competition since only two years of school is required.
Instead: If you say, sure, let them in, but we need to require more training, there's all kinds of advantages to that:
* You don't look like you're trying to wipe out the competition which, IMHO, hurts the CRNA position, especially since there's a shortage.
* Legislators could be more inclined to require more training since that's usually viewed as a positive thing, and they can still help out their MDA friends who want AA's.
* More training would limit the competitive effects of AA's since, as we all know, more educational requirements tend to impose more limits on the labor pool.
* And, it would add more credibility to the CRNA arguments about training, since you would be lobbying for that, rather than trying to eliminate AA's all together.
Yes, it's a compromise, but five to ten years down the road, you might be in a much better situation than AA's practicing with just the two year requirement. And it might be easier to accomplish this now rather than trying to convince legislatures to revisit the issue and impose more requirements down the road. It could become especially difficult if AA's are established in more states.
Just an idea which, as I've mentioned previously, is what the D.C. CRNA's are trying to do.