From the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association:For more info regarding this update please call 1-888-707-7762 or e-mail email@example.com.
"Should nurse anesthetists be allowed to administer anesthesia without supervision from an anesthesiologist?" That is the misleading question
CNN's Health website is posing -- and as of 11:30 CST, the results were 3 to 1 against CRNAs.
Help us turn the tide in that vote! Vote YES!!! Vote early, vote often!
YOU MUST VOTE TODAY! Also urge your family members, colleagues and friends to vote. We have 2 days left before the final Medicare Anesthesia Rule
takes effect! Please vote now!!
This information was forwarded from an e-mail from
Larry Hornsby, CRNA, BSN
Please vote YES!! Nurse anesthetists have been independently administering anesthesia with collaberation of physicians/dentists for ~100 years safely. They do seek advice of anesthesiologists when necessary.
PA CRNA Legislation:
(1) The registered nurse has successfully completed the educational program of a school for nurse anesthetists accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Education Programs of Nurse Anesthesia of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.
(2) The registered nurse is certified as a Registered Nurse Anesthetist by the Council on Certification or on Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.
(3) The certified nurse anesthetist is authorized to administer anesthesia in cooperation
with a surgeon or dentist. The nurse anesthetist's performance shall be under the overall direction of the chief or director of anesthesia services. In situations or health care delivery facilities where these services are not mandatory, the nurse anesthetist's performance shall be under the overall direction of the surgeon or dentist responsible for the patient's care.
(4) Except as otherwise provided in 28 Pa. Code 123.7(c) (relating to dental anesthetist and nurse anesthetist qualifications), when the operating/anesthesia team consists entirely of nonphysicians, such as a dentist and a certified registered nurse anesthetist, the registered nurse anesthetist shall have available to her by physical presence or electronic communication an anesthesiologist or consulting physician of her choice.
(5) A noncertified registered nurse who has completed an approved anesthesia program may administer anesthesia under the direction of and in the presence of the chief or director anesthesia services or a Board certified anesthesiologist until the announcement of results of the first examination given for certification for which she is eligible. If a person fails to take or fails to pass the examination, the person shall immediately cease practicing as a nurse anesthetist. If the applicant, due to extenuating circumstances, cannot take the first scheduled examination following completion of the program, the applicant shall appeal to the Board for authority to continue practicing.
(b) For purposes of this section, ''cooperation'' means a process in which the nurse anesthetist and the surgeon work together with each contributing an area of expertise, at their individual and respective levels of education and training.
Karen O'Hara RN, BSN