Nurse anesthetists play vital role in care delivery
Regarding the recent article “CRNA profession at a crossroads” (Modern Healthcare, Jan. 18, p. 35), even dating to before Dr. Charles Mayo taught one of his nurses to do anesthesia, the history of safe practices by nurse anesthetists cannot be denied. I am a proud member of the certified registered nurse anesthetist profession, and for the past 35 years of practice, I was a sole provider of anesthesia services with a perfect safety record. There were no anesthesiologists present, unless they were on the OR table and being anesthetized by me. The federal government recognized our right to independent practice when CRNAs became the first nursing specialty to be reimbursed by Medicare. Economically responsible and measured quality care—the perfect solution for anesthesia care.
Jan Mannino Laguna Niguel, Calif.