Let's have a discussion/debate (although it will probably be one sided) about AA vs. CRNA. These are just some topics I thought of off the top of my head. Any input or 'playing devil's advocate' would be appreciated.
- What is the difference in schooling/certification/academics?
- What is the difference in their scope of practice or autonomy?
- What economic factors are behind the push of AAs, if any?
- Can we relate this situation to another in Healthcare? Possibly LPN vs. RN?
- What are the best and worst case scenarios for CRNAs in the future, as it pertains to AAs vs. CRNAs?
- Why should one become a CRNA, rather than an AA?
- How does the MDA benefit from the increased use of AAs vs CRNAs?
- How does all this factor into the level of care a patient receives?
We need some AAs or MDAs to log on here to stir up the pot.
This is probably an emotional subject for some, but let's keep it civil. Ultimately we are all on the same team...I guess everyone just wants to be the MVP.
Who wants to cast the first stone?