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NYSANA President to Testify Before Joint Legislative Subcommittee on Health on February 12
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February 12, 2018


NYSANA President Dr. Cheryl Spulecki to Deliver Testimony at Joint Legislative Hearing on Health/Medicaid
CRNAs are appealing to the Legislature today to support Governor Cuomo’s bill allowing them full scope of practice


ALBANY, N.Y. – Dr. Cheryl Spulecki, president of the New York State Association of Nurse Anesthetists (NYSANA), will testify today before the Joint Legislative Subcommittee on Health.


Dr. Spulecki will ask members of the Legislature to support a bill advanced by Gov. Cuomo that would amend state education law and recognize Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) as Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs). The provision would allow CRNAs to practice to their full scope based on education, training and experience.


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“More than 30 years of scientific studies have demonstrated that CRNAs administer safe, quality care with patient outcomes equivalent to anesthesiologists. CRNAs practice in every setting where anesthesia is offered, for every type of procedure,” Dr. Spulecki will say in her testimony. “Our 1,600 members are asking you to finally achieve what 48 other states have already done and grant Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists full scope of practice. In the meantime, CRNAs will continue providing safe, high-quality and cost-effective anesthesia services to the residents of this state.”

Juan Quintana, CRNA DNP, past president of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, will join Dr. Spulecki at the hearing.

“There are very good reasons for New York to recognize CRNAs as Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, and no reasons not to,” Quintana will say. “They deliver cost-effective, high-quality services as they safely administer anesthesia care. The infrastructure for this legislation is already in place in New York. All they have to do is codify the designation. Many administrators don’t know how best to maximize anesthesia care in the most cost-effective way and they end up choosing more expensive options.”

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 of New York State in every setting anesthesia services are provided.



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



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