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Thanks Pinoy for the response . I was/am also in teh same boat regarding ACNP vs CRNA. I ultimately chose ACNP because I didnt think I'd be happy in the CRNA role. I initially applied to CRNA school, was wait-listed, then accepted - I turned down the offer and now i'm in the ACNP program. Though the money is good for CRNA, the malpracitce is also very high. Here in Ohio they pay $9,000 / year for malpracitce!!! SPeaking of malpractice, while I want more autonomy / responsibility, I am afraid of being lumped in with physicians and malpracitce suits. I guess you have to realize that anyone in any profession can be named in a lawsuit. Can anyone comment on the rates of NP malpractice suits? While I feel I am a competent RN, being sued is one of my worst fears.
This is part of the landscape these days. If you have an overwhelming fear of being sued, then any ANP profession is probably going to be a problem. The $9,000 for a CRNA is very low. Other states it runs much more and for the MD's it will be much more. I'm in GI and my malpractice runs $4000. I've never been sued. Our MD's have malpractice rates that run $20-30,000 depending how long that they have been in practice. The reason that anesthesiology and CRNA's have high rates is that any problem tends to be catastrophic.
One of the unintended consequences of the cap on pain and suffering is the inclusion of NPP's in any lawsuit. This allows them to collect multiples of pain and suffering. The best you can do is take good care of the patient and document well. Even then you will probably eventually be sued.
From the NPP standpoing make sure that you:
1. Have your own policy with sufficent coverage ($1mi/$3mil is suggested).
2. make sure your policy has provision for a tail.
3. Document document document
David Carpenter, PA-C