An CRNA's were the first practitioners of anesthesia. The physicians came later when it became possible for them to send a bill. Before CRNA's, anesthesia was delivered by medical students (what could go wrong?). We had a professional association before the MDA's. The large bulk of anesthetics can be delivered by CRNA's safely but the public is paying waaay to much money. And this is where the politics come in. It's not as simple as a turf war. It is developing a rational plan to deliver health care in a safe and cost effective manner...period. Unfortunately, over the years I have seen more students who are content to do less because MDA's restrict the students from some procedures and keep them too ignorant to work independently. So, unfortunately, the MD's spends loads of money to their PAC and the CRNA's do the same for theirs. Money that could be used for education ends up going to lawyers. They have tried for years to tie up our hands and our brains, but we persist and survive. Non-CRNA nurses do not have to put up with this crap that takes up a lot of our energy and money.