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The Background on the APSF Decision

  • Posted By: Garry Brydges - President, DNP, MBA, ACNP-BC, CRNA , FAAN
  • Mar 29, 2019

APSF – The Background

I realize the decision by the AANA Board of Directors to withhold funding from the APSF has generated mixed feelings among the membership. Trust me—it was not an easy decision for the BOD to make. Please know that moving forward we will continue working to repair the AANA’s relationship with the APSF. A few details you may not know about: A) Dr. Mark Warner and I are good friends and continue to dialogue on an ongoing basis. Enhancing communication is important during situations like this.  B) The February APSF Newsletter included the article on the WHO-WFSA International Standards for a Safe Practice of Anesthesia, which read, “. . . whenever possible, anesthesia should be provided, led, or overseen by a physician anesthesiologist.” After discussing our concerns, the APSF placed a disclaimer on the electronic newsletter which reads, “Its content does not imply or reflect the opinion of the APSF.” C) Unfortunately, the AANA BOD’s request to have the standards article either retracted or the specific statements removed did not occur, which resulted in the AANA funding to be withheld. 

Rationale: 

  1. The February edition of the APSF Newsletter containing the article on the WHO-WFSA standards has been used as a political weapon by state societies of anesthesiologists lobbying their state policymakers.  
  2. In the United States, CRNAs independently provide the vast majority of anesthesia care in rural and other medically underserved areas—in some states CRNAs are the sole anesthesia providers in nearly 100 percent of rural facilities.  These independently practicing CRNAs working in critical access hospitals are incredibly passionate about patient safety because the stakes are so high. The SAFE-T Summit and the International Standards for a Safe Practice of Anesthesia are divergent from the value our independently practicing CRNAs bring to rural America. 

We have CRNAs on the APSF Board and committees still carrying on our mission to contribute to patient safety. Through dialogue and increased communication, I am hopeful we will turn this delicate corner. 

AANA Name Change – For or Against?

As you probably know, there is a bylaw amendment being proposed for consideration by the AANA membership this coming August to change the association’s name from American Association of Nurse Anesthetists to American Association of Nurse Anesthesiologists. This is a member-driven initiative and it is important to educate our members in the coming months with as much information as possible. We anticipate our Mid-Year Assembly this year will have some constructive dialogue, both pro and con. I encourage you to pay very close attention to these current events. If you feel there is important information the AANA BOD should know and share with the membership, please do not hesitate to send your responses to president@aana.com. There will be more updates in the coming weeks.

Congratulations Joseph Rodriguez—Voted AzANA CRNA of the Year at the 2019 AzANA State Meeting

I want to take a moment to say “Congratulations Joe!” Your dedication to your profession, your state association, and the AANA is impeccable. A well-deserved honor—congratulations!

Garry Brydges congratulates Joseph Rodriguez