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  1. The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) has designated January 19th-25th as a time to celebrate the nation’s nearly 54,000 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA). CRNA’s safely provide cost-effective anesthetics to more than 49 million patients every year. In honor of these highly respected nurses, let’s take a closer look at their contribution to the nation’s most trusted profession. Pioneering the Practice Did you know nurses were the first U.S. healthcare providers to administer anesthesia? Since the American Civil War, administering anesthetics has been recognized as the practice of nursing. The practice wasn’t recognized as part of physician practice until 50 years later. In 1956, the CRNA role became credentialed and the title “nurse anesthesiologist” and “nurse anesthetist” came into existence. Equally Safe CRNAs are answering the call for safe high-quality patient care. In 1999, The Institute of Medicine a report indicating anesthesia care is 50% safer than it was in the early 1980s. Studies have also shown there is no difference in the quality of care between CRNAs and physician anesthesiologists. Today, most hands-on anesthesia care in the U.S. is provided by CRNAs. Across All Settings CRNAs are answering the call to serve patients anywhere anesthesia is delivered. Here are a few examples to give you an idea of just how far the reach of CRNAs extends: Hospitals Ambulatory surgical centers Surgical Suites Obstetrical rooms Physician Offices Podiatrists Dentists Ophthalmologist Plastic Surgeons Pain management specialists Public health services Military Presence Nurses have long answered the calls of wounded on the battleground. During World War I, nurse anesthetists were there, providing anesthesia to injured soldiers on the front lines. Today, CRNAs continue to be the primary providers to our U.S. military and can be found on the front lines, in VA medical centers, navy ships and aircraft evacuation teams all across the globe. Meeting the Needs of Under-Served Communities CRNAs have answered the call of communities across the U.S. by filling access gaps in anesthesia services. They are proudly the primary providers of anesthesia care in Rural America Maternity patients Under-served inner-city communities Veteran’s Administration and U.S. Military High-Quality Care with Lower Patient Expenses CRNAs are answering the call to help control medical expenses by delivering the same high-quality anesthesia care as other professions, but at a lower cost. According to a 2010 study, published in Nursing Economics, a CRNA working as the sole anesthesia provider is 25% more cost-effective than the next most cost-effective delivery model. Medicare reimburses the same fee for anesthesia regardless if services were provided by a physician anesthesiologist or CRNA. However, anesthesiologists make about 2.5 times more money when compared to the salary of CRNAs. Robust Education and Training CRNAs answer the call for preparedness in the delivery of high-quality services. Today, CRNAs are required to have 7-8 ½ years of education, training and experience and a master’s or doctorate degree to enter the workforce. Student registered nurse anesthetists average around 9,400 of clinical experience before certification. Autonomy, Responsibility and Collaboration CRNAs have answered the call for an advanced practice nurse that works with a high level of autonomy, making them greatly respected in the medical community. The responsibilities of CRNAs require a professional collaboration with all members of a patient’s healthcare team. To ensure safety and comfort, CRNAs are accountable for their patients before, during and after anesthesia. Ideas for Celebration Facilities and groups answered the call to celebrate and recognize the value of CRNAs during the 2019 CRNA Week. Here are a few ideas from across the U.S. Atrium Health (formerly Carolinas Healthcare System- Featured a half-page ad in the Charlotte observer to honor the CRNAs working for them. University of Nebraska Medical Center- Spotlighted six CRNAs on their website and social media in honor of CRNA Week. Vanderbilt University Medical Center- A bake sale was held by CRNAs to support the hospital’s employee hardship fund. Mayo Clinic in Rochester- Each day during CRNA week, a different class provided breakfast, cards and CRNA Week materials for all CRNAs. For ideas on how your facility can honor CRNAs, visit the AANA website. What contribution made by CRNAs would you like to celebrate during CRNA Week 2020? Download: CRNAs At A Glance
  2. Your job title probably means a lot to you.It might even be as important to you as your birth-given name. You went to school so that you could write specific letters behind your name, such as LPN, RN, or FNP. However, if you decided that it was easier to tell your patients that you were a caregiver, caretaker, or health assistant, would it matter? What if your preferred title was one that other professionals feel is reserved only for them? For one advanced practice registered nurse, it mattered quite a bit. In fact, it was important enough for him to be able to call himself an anesthesiologist that he fought for this right in front of the Florida Board of Nursing. Nurse Anesthetist vs. Anesthesiologist John McDonough has identified himself to his patients as a nurse anesthesiologist for years. After recently appearing before the Florida Board of Nursing, McDonough can legally use this title. However, the Florida Society of Anesthesiologists doesn’t agree with the decision. Chris Nuland, an attorney, and lobbyist for the organization told The News Service of Florida, “The FSA firmly believes that, although this declaratory statement only applies to this one individual, this sets a dangerous precedent that could confuse patients.” McDonough didn’t mince words regarding how he feels about his right to call himself an anesthesiologist. He was quoted in an article on nwfdailynews.com saying, “I’m not a technician. I am not a physician extender. I am not a mid-level provider. I am, in fact, a scientific expert on the art and science of anesthesia. So I think anesthesiologist is a perfectly acceptable term, especially since the term anesthetist has been hijacked from my profession.” He goes on to offer similar examples to his situation like dentists who identify as physician anesthesiologists. Florida's Board of Nursing seems to make several statements about the role of advanced practice nurses these days. They are also deciding if advanced practice nurses can practice independently from physicians. Other nursing boards across the country are making critical decisions about the expansion of advanced practice nurses to work with greater autonomy. Given the continued expense of healthcare and the increased need due to an aging population, it only seems logical to allow these nurses more ability to work with less oversight. Understanding the Role of the APN It’s essential to know that the term APN refers to several different types of nursing professionals. These various roles perform tasks such as diagnosing illnesses, performing head-to-toe physical exams, providing specialized exam such as functional and developmental testing, ordering lab tests, performing a variety of testing, and dispensing medications. APN includes the following Certified Nurse Practitioner Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist Certified Nurse Midwife Clinical Nurse Specialist Advanced practice nurses have various levels of autonomy across the country. Some states allow APNs to operate clinics or offices independently. Other states require physician collaboration or supervision at all times. Because each type of APN has a different job description and role, the settings in which they practice and how they practice varies too. For example, a family nurse practitioner may work in an office with one or two MD’s and only consult on cases as needed. For roles like a nurse anesthetist, the setting is likely larger, and they usually work with doctors and surgeons while performing their job functions. What Do You Think? So, what’s in a name? Does it matter if you call yourself a nurse or caregiver? Should nurse anesthetists be limited to this term or should they be allowed to call themselves an anesthesiologist since this is the specialty for which they are certified? Let us know your thoughts by leaving a comment below.
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