Message From NYSANA's President, Cheryl Spulecki
Monday, April 2, 2018
It is with great frustration and disappointment that I inform the membership that the Governor’s provision (including full scope of practice for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists) has been omitted from the final draft of the 2018-2019 executive budget. This unprecedented initiative was justified in evidence-based research of the REAL cost-savings of CRNA practice and accessibility. Without support from the New York State Democratic Assembly or the Republican Senate on accepting (or negotiating) the provision, the Governor’s counsel was unable to find justification to move it forward.
Over the last 8 months, NYSANA has been working tirelessly to educate the public and our legislators on the cost-effective, accessible, and safe anesthesia services provided by CRNAs. Thank you to our lobbyist, Diane Frazier, who has made NYSANA a priority. Our efforts have NOT gone unnoticed, as we have gained TREMENDOUS momentum heading into the legislative session this upcoming spring and summer. We will continue to work diligently on our messaging and outreach with supporters and non-supporters alike.
The landscape of our profession is changing and we have proven time and again the sustainable and efficient SOLUTION for maintaining anesthesia services across the state. Our goal of statutory recognition and scope of practice will remain our focus.
I would like to thank every one of our members who volunteered in this initiative for their engagement and outreach beyond their day-to-day activities, prioritizing the significance of being recognized for the work we do and the exceptional care we give to our patients in New York State. I would also like to thank the numerous non-members and professional associations that comprise our coalition of supporters. It has been an unprecedented response of which we are extremely grateful!
This week, NYSANA will regroup and re-strategize for our upcoming legislative session as per the usual legislative calendar. We will keep the members engaged and notified of our activities via social media, emails, and the NYSANA website.
Thank you again for allowing me to represent you and the profession. It continues to be a very humbling experience of which I am extremely grateful and proud to be a part of.
Cheryl Spulecki, DNAP, MS, CRNA