AANA BOD Approves Updated Scope of Nurse Anesthesia Practice

At its meeting prior to the Assembly of Didactic and Clinical Educators, your AANA Board of Directors approved the updated “Scope of Nurse Anesthesia Practice.” This document reflects the professional scope of practice of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists, including the full range of anesthesia services, and describes CRNAs’ professional, educational, clinical, and leadership roles. According to the AANA Press Release, the document illustrates CRNAs’ professional scope of practice and significant role throughout the perioperative process, in the management of acute and chronic pain, and in other clinical services provided by CRNAs, such as emergency, critical care, and resuscitative services. The document also includes CRNAs’ use of emerging techniques and monitoring modalities such as point-of-care ultrasound. The “Scope of Nurse Anesthesia Practice” outlines the education, licensure, certification and accountability of CRNAs, many of whom have pivotal leadership roles, such as chief executive officers, administrators, directors, practice owners, national and international researchers, and more.

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