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New York’s Nurse Anesthetists Respond to Misleading Position Taken by Anesthesiologists’ Trade Asscn

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March 1, 2018

New York’s Nurse Anesthetists Respond to Misleading Position Taken by Anesthesiologists’ Trade Association


ALBANY, N.Y. – The New York State Association of Nurse Anesthetists (NYSANA) is calling on the NYS Society of Anesthesiologists (NYSSA) – the association representing the state’s anesthesiologists – to advocate honestly and ethically.

NYSSA is making false and misleading claims in advertisements as the organization battles Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget bill that would grant full scope of practice to the state’s Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs), NYSANA officials assert.

“CRNAs across the state have excellent working relationships with physician anesthesiologists,” said NYSANA President Cheryl Spulecki, MS, DNAP. “However, NYSSA representatives have been reckless and dishonest in suggesting patients will be harmed by a proposed bill that would designate CRNAs as Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) – a designation that has been granted in nearly every other state. Governor Cuomo is simply calling on the Legislature to afford CRNAs licensure to practice to the full extent of our education, training and experience, just as other APRNs are in New York.”

“NYSSA’s use of discredited studies suggesting patient safety is jeopardized when CRNAs are granted full scope of practice is outrageous and false,” Spulecki continued. “Thirty years of peer-reviewed scientific study has demonstrated that CRNAs produce patient outcomes equal to that of their anesthesiologist counterparts.”

A 2016 study by The Lewin Group – the Negrusa Study – found no difference in anesthesia related complication rates based on CRNA scope of practice laws. Moreover, a 2010 national study published by Health Affairs reviewed 500,000 cases and came to the same conclusion.

NYSANA asserts that CRNAs provide safe and more cost-effective anesthesia care, and they are the primary anesthesia providers in rural and underserved areas in upstate New York. The proposed bill is a step toward New York state fully recognizing and adopting legislation of long-standing and uniformly accepted standards of care for this advanced nursing specialty in the United States.

NYSANA will continue its fact-based advocacy initiative as the Legislature moves closer to finalizing the 2018-19 budget. More information can be found under the following links, including Spulecki’s budget testimony, a fact sheet and at

About New York State Association of Nurse Anesthetists (NYSANA): 

NYSANA is the statewide professional association representing the interests of over 1,600 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists and Student Registered Nurse Anesthetists providing high quality, safe and cost-effective anesthesia care to residents across New York State.






Is to be the advocate for and authority on the nurse anesthetist practice in New York State



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