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    some new hampshire nurses get ok to give anesthesia

    newspaper article
    some nurses get ok to give anesthesia

    by associated press, 6/12/2002

    concord, n.h. - governor jeanne shaheen said yesterday she would allow specially trained nurses to administer anesthesia without a doctor's supervision, a policy sought by the state's small hospitals.

    ''this assures quality health care, particularly surgical and maternity care, continues to be available in rural communities,'' [said shaheen spokeswoman pamela walsh.

    certified registered nurse anesthetists are the primary or sole providers of anesthesia in about a third of the state's hospitals, but a federal rule requires them to be supervised by physicians, usually anesthesiologists or surgeons.

    thomas clairmont, chairman of the rural health coalition of 16 new hampshire hospitals, said the decision was critical to allowing rural hospitals to offer surgical care in remote areas.

    this story ran on page c9 of the boston globe on 6/12/2002.
    copyright 2002 globe newspaper company.

    what the title should have read was: nurse anesthetists obtain independence--no supervision required.

    crna's have been giving anesthesia for 100 years in the us. congrats to them!
    Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Jun 13, '02
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  3. by   nightingale
    It is good to hear of this success story. Independence, what a glorious goal for us all to have.

  4. by   SmilingBluEyes
    sure is an attention-getter! GOOD one. i personally believe we need MORE CRNA's, sooner rather than later!
  5. by   HRHNurse Carol
    Great news!! I agree with the headline suggestion. No supervision required! Yea!!! When I have had surgery I have requested CRNA's. My favorite hospital doesn't employ them. I had to write and state my viewpoint but they still don't employ them. If I didn't like the hospital (for it's great nursing care mostly) I wouldn't go back. But, I do like the hospital and am planning surgery there in September. I will request again. Maybe in the last several years they changed?? At any rate, they have terrific nurses.