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Do PAs do anesthesia or just nurses (with approporiate training)?

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There were (are?) AA's/Anesthesia Assistants (PA version of CRNAs) but only in some states and I think there were only a handful of AA's practicing. I think their scope was more limited than CRNA too. I'm not entirely certain of this info but when I first looked into PA in the late 90s, I briefly looked into it.

 

Found a Wikipedia page:

 

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anesthesiologist_assistant

 

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There is a PA who completed an Anesthesia Residency alongside physicians back in the 80 and is a faculty member of the Yale School of Medicine.

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There are AA’s, training additional to or somewhat separate from PA. Approximately 10 programs, however they have a hard time being able to practice, not sure but heard less than 15 states. Within past 2 years, physicians wrote very supportive letters To legislation so AA’s could practice in Virginia, Nurses lobbied heavily against basically saying AA’s would take away Their jobs and state should further support the CNA’s. Guess who won. I made a comment in a thread a while back  that AA and PA should join forces. Scope  of practice is quite different, however, CRNA, RN, APRN....have different scope but stick together with strength in numbers.

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My institution has anesthesia PA’s however they mostly do consults, med adjustments, and rounding. They are not involved in the OR. Basically it seems like a cushy job with a good paycheck but absolutely mind numbing. 

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In the Washington State PA modernization bill that died in committee last session, the CRNAs were trying to get anesthesia out of PA scope, and WAPA's rep replied that there were six PAs in the state that were already functioning as anesthesiology PAs with approved practice agreements.  That's all I've ever heard of it in this neck of the woods.

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Come on an read your PA history. General Shepard Stone of Yale University Hospital is a PA-C and has been in Anesthesia most of his entire career. There are quite a few others. Google him and send him a note as he retired as a A. S. Army Colonel and was made a Brigadier General in the Reserves.

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