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Advocacy Updates!

Setting the Record Straight: CRNA Anesthesia Care is No “Risky Gamble”

In a new campaign, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) is claiming that “swapping nurses for physicians in surgery” puts the patient at risk. The AANA has issued a strong response, stating: “This type of fearmongering has no place in healthcare today.”

In the statement published November 5, the AANA proclaimed that CRNAs “are saving patients’ lives across the country, in every setting, even as special interest groups try to disparage their experience, education, and training. CRNAs have a sterling safety record, yet these groups continue to spread the same disinformation. You have probably heard it all—that allowing CRNAs to work without supervision puts patients at risk; that CRNAs provide a lower quality of care; that unless a physician is providing anesthesia, it’s a ‘risky gamble.’”

Read the full statement, which debunks the ASA misinformation campaign and lays out the case for the safety and quality care CRNAs provide. 

AANA Rebuts AMA #StopScopeCreep Campaign

The AANA is fighting back against a campaign by the American Medical Association aimed at limiting the practice of nonphysician providers. Using social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter, the AANA says to the AMA: “Fighting over healthcare market share is the last thing you should be doing right now. As our nation continues to grapple with the worst healthcare crisis in a hundred years, CRNAs are in it to save lives, not fight a turf war. Do better, American Medical Association (AMA).”

Learn about AANA Advocacy Efforts for FREE!

It’s not too late to register for the AANA Virtual Leadership Summit, to be held November 14-15. This year’s Leadership Summit went virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and offers free live programming on topics of critical importance to the nurse anesthesia community such as:

  • Leading in Times of Crisis 
  • Examining the Components of Servant and Ethical Leadership with Real World Applicability During the COVID-19 Pandemic 
  • Just Breathe: Leadership Through an N95 Mask 
  • COVID-19 Executive Orders: Turning Temporary Removal of Restrictions into Permanent Advocacy Strategy

The only way to learn is LIVE ONLINE. Our 2020 Leadership Summit programming won’t be recorded or repeated.

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