|Maine Medicine Weekly Update
August 20, 2021
Nurse Anesthetists Announce Name Change; ASA Responds
The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists announced this week that it will now be known as the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) going forward. The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) quickly called it “medical title misappropriation” that confuses patients and creates discord in the care setting, ultimately risking patient safety.
The AANA statement included the quote, “Nurse anesthesiology is the first profession to own the responsibility of anesthesia delivery,” according to AANA President Steven M. Sertich, CRNA, MAE, JD, Esquire. “Today, nurse anesthesiology remains one of the nation’s most innovative fields of science.” He added, “Our new name tells the story of who we are, what we do, and what we stand for,” said President Sertich. “We have now unified this understanding behind a clear, revitalized brand.”
The ASA’s response countered:
“The term “anesthesiologist” has always been used to differentiate physicians trained in the science and study of anesthesiology from non-physicians, including nurse anesthetists.
Additionally, it is an unchallenged ethical principle that every patient must have full knowledge and understanding of the education, training, skills, and experience of the health care professionals providing their care. ASA will continue to protect patients by aggressively challenging AANA’s attempts to threaten clear identification of roles and advance nurse-only care.”
Weekly Update readers may recall a story in late May how the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) House of Delegates voted to change their title to Physician Associate and the subsequent responses from the AOA and the AMA respectively.< Previous Article | Next Article >
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