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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 14, 2018

NYSANA Members Will Appeal to Legislature to Support Gov. Cuomo’s Bill Granting CRNAs Full Scope of Practice

Annual Lobby Day Highlights Provision That Would Contribute to Overall Affordability and Accessibility of Anesthesia Services in New York

ALBANY, N.Y. – Members of the New York State Association of Nurse Anesthetists (NYSANA) are in Albany today to take action on key issues impacting the more than 1,600 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and Student Registered Nurse Anesthetists.

Of utmost importance to CRNAs, who have traveled to the Capitol from across the state, is a provision in Gov. Cuomo’s Executive Budget Proposal for 2018-19 that would amend the education law and recognize CRNAs as Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs). This provision would ultimately allow CRNAs to practice to their full scope based on their education, training and experience while saving hospitals millions of dollars and making anesthetic care more accessible.

Modeled in part after the Nurse Practitioner Modernization Act of 2014, similar education policy has been enacted in New York for other advanced nursing specialties, including Nurse Practitioners and Clinical Nurse Specialists. 

“While we are grateful to the governor for including this provision in the health budget and to Assembly Member Richard Gottfried for his support, we still have much to do,” said Dr. Cheryl Spulecki, president, NYSANA. “CRNAs safely deliver and administer anesthesia care in every type of procedure and in every type of healthcare facility in New York, from major metropolitan hospitals, to level one trauma centers and rural clinics. CRNAs are reliable, well-educated and committed to collaborating with physicians for positive surgical outcomes. We ask New York to get on board, as 48 other states have done, to grant CRNAs their full scope of practice.”

A breakfast briefing is planned from 8:30 to 10 a.m. followed by legislative meetings in the Legislative Office Building and Capitol until 4 p.m. For more information about NYSANA, visit www.nysana.com.

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 in every setting anesthesia services are provided.

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