Anesthesiologist Assistants (AAs)

       The AZANA recognizes the importance of protecting our profession and securing its future. There is a constant presence, pressing to restrict CRNAs into roles that limit full practice capabilities. With this in mind, we have formed a special task force to monitor and educate key stake holders regarding Anesthesiologist Assistants (AAs).

       We are fortunate to have a specialist in the field, Mike MacKinnon, CRNA, to lead this endeavor. Mike currently serves on the AANA AA task force and has years of experience consulting with multiple states assisting with education and preparation related to AAs. Additionally, the AZANA board representative to this task force will be our 2018-2019 President-Elect Lee Ranalli, CRNA

       Now is the time to renew and maintain memberships. Furthermore, it has never been so vital that our members recognize the importance of contributing to the CRNAs of AZ PAC. Currently, we have over 120 recurring contributors of at least $25/month. These PAC dollars help ensure that we have a seat at the table when AA issues arise. This elephant in the room is no longer an “if” but a “when”.

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       Whether you practice independently or within an ACT, the issues of AAs will ultimately impact all. Please maintain your membership, renew if necessary, and strongly consider becoming a recurring contributor to the CRNAs of AZ PAC

Chad Peterson, DNAP, CRNA
President, Arizona Association of Nurse Anesthetists