Quote from heartICU
This choice was available to me. I chose CRNA. The program I attended educated a former AA to be a CRNA, and from what I was told, that particular individual was blown away at the depth and breadth of information she was taught in CRNA school that she was not taught in AA school.
Gee, I was really enjoying this thread until this post.
I've heard this urban myth for years. I have yet to find anyone that has done this or is willing to provide me the name of the person that has done this. I heard that someone told him that her best friend's mother-in-laws neighbor's grandson............. I think you're confusing the depth and breadth of med school and residency vs. CRNA school.
Explain to me what you think that you get in CRNA school that we don't get in AA school. Nursing theory? AANA Politics 101? The idea that CRNA's get something in their programs that is just so much deeper and more broad that just blows away the AA's education is just ludicrous.
As far as regional anesthesia - some AA programs teach it, and some do not, just like CRNA programs. There is no COA requirement that a nurse anesthesia educational program teach regional anesthesia. Many/most do, but it is not required. Likewise, any technique you do is hospital-specific as well. Any surgeon, physician, CRNA, AA, RT, PT, etc., is credentialled to work in that specific facility, and granted privileges based on their training and hospital policy. Thus while it is legal for a CRNA or AA to perform regional anesthesia, hospital policy may preclude that. It may be legal for a dermatologist to perform an appendectomy, but you'd be hard pressed to find a hospital that would grant them privileges to do so.
Finally - AA's are not a "gimmick". We're here to stay.