Originally Posted by Taurus
This is incorrect. I posted a while back of case where an independent NP lost a $6 million case because she did not refer a child with neuroblastoma (I think that was the diagnosis) to physicians and the child developed permanent long-term sequelae.
I think the current CRNA's are well aware of the decline in quality of their new grads. Don't get me wrong, some CRNAs are strong, but I've seen all the mickey mouse CRNA mill students coming through with a whole lot of attitude but not much else.
With increasing numbers of independent CRNA cases, morbidity will rise, there is no question. But litigation and malpractice has never been my point.
The leaders at the AANA have been focusing on this inferiority complex with physicians but not putting the interest of its members first. It just blows my mind they would decimate the practice, income and lifestyle of current CRNA's just so they can run around and say they are just as good as MDs.
Even if they gain complete equivalence to us in all states today, its not like 40000 Anesthesiologists will all of a sudden drop dead along with AA's. The surplus the AANA seeks to produce is gigantic. So much so that all current contributing members to the AANA will see an overall decline in income over their career.
What kind of advocacy organization is that??
Supply and demand, just because someone finally says you are the same as an MD doesn't mean you will get compensated as such. Is not being able to afford to send your own kids to CRNA schools worth this fight? Seems like it to the AANA.
I'm still baffled by the leadership of that group. They've brainwashed their members into thinking they have their best interests at heart. Clearly they don't.
As anesthesiologists created our own problems with CRNA's, looks like the AANA is busy creating problems of their own.