In 2016-17, we decided to take on a great deal - and we were fortunate to have in place a humble, diverse leadership team, focused on delivering real results for our membership. AZANA is essential in ensuring our ability to take great care of people - and in that way, being involved in AZANA isn't some career-building activity, or just something extra - it's the right thing to do.
Recently, AZANA published a well-received article that promotes teamwork in anesthesia care from all professionals, whatever the model of care. While AZANA promotes teamwork, the ASA is labeling the APRN Licensure Compact - an initiative that allows APRNs to have multi-state licensure - as "dangerous".
During SB 1336 there was a great deal of discussion about modernizing the laws for CRNAs, many of which remain outdated. This was sometimes framed as "breaking up the team” or "changing standards" - a negative narrative that went so far, that in unprecedented fashion, national ASA leaders published an inflammatory video that failed to even speak to the issues at hand in Arizona.
On April 21st, Governor Ducey signed a significant update to CRNA scope of practice, specifically in regards to surgeon liability and prescriptive authority.
Who are the real beneficiaries of this new law? Let's find out.
Restoring prescriptive authority in 2017 was a significant win for CRNAs and patients alike, and healthcare consumers stand to benefit from enhanced services from CRNAs. The AZANA heard from many AANA members on the problems created by 'legislative snafu' that occurred in 2012.
The AZANA decided to address the false perception of surgeon liability for CRNAs for one primary reason - it affects every patient we care for. And that's because the false perception was affecting every CRNA, regardless of practice model.