Florida Medical Board Rethinking Nurse Anesthetist Rule

  1. Orlando Business Journal

    Nurses, already in short supply, say board decision will shrink pool of talent
    Susan Lundine Associate Managing Editor
    ORLANDO -- Milton Taylor used to make a living administering general anesthesia to patients of three Orlando-area plastic surgeons.

    Today, however, the nurse anesthetist has to travel all over the state to hospitals and surgery centers to work in his chosen field -- and his income has fallen by about 30 percent.

    "Now I have the expense of motel rooms, gas and mileage on my car to make a living," says Taylor, who has 24 years of medical experience and thousands of dollars invested in anesthesia equipment he's no longer allowed to use.

    It's an increasingly common plight: Some of his nurse anesthetist colleagues recently have sold their anesthesia equipment and moved up north, the upshot of a controversial new Florida rule limiting the work they can do.

    The rule -- passed by the Florida Board of Medicine in the midst of a national nursing shortage -- could drive many other nurses out of state, warn leaders of several nursing groups...

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  3. by   Qwiigley
    Seems to me that politicians are reacting to information that is not complete. They are trying to keep the public safe, but have not done their homework. This is a great example why CRNAs (as well as all nurses), need to participate and design more research studies. Well thought out research is valuable to the public and to our own career well-being. Had we had the data and facts to back us up, this would have been a mute point before it even got started.