COVID-19 CPC, SRNAs, and Educators
AANA recognizes the impact COVID-19 is having on CRNA learning and credentialing programs.
SRNA Town Hall
On Monday, April 27th, at 7 PM CT, the AANA will be hosting a SRNA Town Hall. Student Registered Nurse Anesthetists are vital members of the association, and the AANA wants to be sure that you have the resources you need during these trying times. The goal of the Town Hall will be to answer questions from SRNAs about AANA resources during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
In addition, The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) and the National Board of Certification and Recertification For Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) will have representatives available to address SRNA concerns most commonly brought to their organizations.
We need your input to make this Town Hall as valuable as possible. Please complete the form below to send us your questions.
The deadline for submitting questions has passed. We will select the most common questions to answer live during the webinar. See you at the Town Hall!
Have a question not answered here, let us know.
Are we covered by malpractice insurance if we are asked to function in the capacity of a registered nurse (RN)?
Due to the challenges faced by the healthcare community during the COVID-19 pandemic, the AANA and AANA Insurance Services understand that nurse anesthetists may be asked to function in the capacity of RNs.
To be clear, neither the AANA nor AANA Insurance Services are suggesting that nurse anesthetists should be mandated to function as RNs. However, if a nurse anesthetist decides to function as an RN (e.g., in the ICU or emergency department), we want to assure you that if you have your malpractice liability insurance through AANA Insurance Services, your Medical Protective (MedPro) policy provides you with coverage not only for the work you do as a nurse anesthetist, but also any work you do as an RN.
There is a specific endorsement on your MedPro policy titled Expanded Professional Services Endorsement. This endorsement expands the definition of "Professional Services" on your policy to include any professional services you provide as an RN. With your MedPro policy, you can work to the full licensure and scope of practice as both a nurse anesthetist and an RN.
If you purchased your own malpractice liability insurance policy from a company other than AANA Insurance Services, there is a real possibility that your policy does not include coverage for any professional services you provide as an RN. Even if your agent tells you that you will be covered for RN work, be sure your agent puts that in writing to you.
If you have any questions or need any additional information about malpractice insurance, contact AANA Insurance Services.