AANA Document Definitions

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Document Name ​Definition ​Development, Review, Revision Process ​Approval Authority
Code of Ethics

​Principles of conduct and professional integrity that guide decision making and  behavior of nurse anesthetists.

Practice Committee

Task Force

Board of Directors​

Practice Standards

​Authoritative statements that describe the minimum rules and responsibilities for which nurse anesthetists are accountable.

Represent expected behaviors that must be demonstrated by a nurse anesthetist’s professional practice.

Practice Committee

Board of Directors

Practice Guidelines

​Systematically developed statements to assist practitioners in clinical decision making that are commonly accepted within the discipline of the anesthesia profession.

​Practice Committee

Board of Directors

Position Statements

​Articulate the AANA’s official positions or beliefs about certain nurse anesthesia practice related topics.  May define the knowledge and abilities necessary to fulfill the professional functions and role of the nurse anesthetist.

​Practice Committee

Task Force

Board of Directors

​Advisory Opinions

​Statements that provide general recommendations that reflect consensus of the anesthesia profession. Describe appropriate role/behavior/decision making for specific situations.

​Practice Committee

Task Force

Board of Directors

​Protocols

​Evidenced-based statements of appropriate process of care and effective management for individual patient needs or specific clinical conditions.

Practice Committee

Task Force

Consultants

Endorsement of external organization’s recommendations

Board of Directors

​Algorithms

​Clinical recommendations prepared in flow-chart format describing processes and decisions involved in addressing specific condition.

​Practice Committee

Task Force

Consultants

Endorsement of external organization’s recommendations

Board of Directors

​Considerations for Policy Development

​Informational advisory documents intended to assist external entities in the development of policies that impact nurse anesthesia practice.

​Practice Committee
Task Force

​Board of Directors

Joint Statements

​Consensus statements promulgated by AANA and other professional organizations.

​Board of Directors

Practice Committee

Task Force
​Board of Directors
​White Papers

​Complete descriptions of a particular concept, position or solution to a problem, from overview to detailed facts, created to promote professionalism and advocacy. Intended to guide decision-makers on policy development.

​Practice Committee
Task Force
​Board of Directors

 


AANA Document Definitions: These definitions are intended to assist nurse anesthetists and other entities in distinguishing the different types of documents developed by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists. Approved by the AANA Board of Directors April 2005, and June 2008.