Pennsylvania is one of just two states (New York is the other) that fail to recognize CRNAs in some form. Because there is no definition for “certified registered nurse anesthetist” under the state’s Professional Nursing Law, CRNAs are recognized only as registered nurses (RNs), not as CRNAs.
Once again this legislative session, bipartisan measures are being developed to finally and formally recognize nurse anesthetists as “CRNAs” under Pennsylvania statute.
Sen. John R. Gordner (R-Columbia) has re-introduced his measure (S.B. 325) and his bill unanimously passed the Senate on June 24, 2019. The bill currently sits in the House Professional Licensure Committee. Additionally, a companion bill (H.B. 1064) by Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) has been introduced in the House. You can read the PANA fact sheet about both measures HERE or hear from them in our latest videos.
These professional designation bills are simple, non-controversial title recognition measures and deserve legislative support.
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Groups that support title recognition for CRNAs in Pennsylvania:
Pennsylvania Rural Health Association - View letter of Support
Pennsylvania Association of Certified Nurse-Midwives - View letter of Support
Villanova University / Crozer-Chester Medical Center Nurse Anesthesia Program - View letter of Support
Pennsylvania Nurse Anesthetists Programs - View Letter of Support
Allegheny School of Anesthesia Program
University of Scranton School of Nurse Anesthesia Program
Cedar Crest College Nurse Anesthesia Program
Crozer-Chester Medical Center / Villanova University Nurse Anesthesia Program
Drexel University Nurse Anesthesia Program
Excela Health School Anesthesia Program
Frank J. Tornetta School of Anesthesia at Montgomery Hospital / La Salle University Nurse Anesthesia Program
Geisinger Health System / Bloomsburg University of Pa. Nurse Anesthesia Program
Thomas Jefferson University Jefferson School of Nursing Nurse Anesthesia Program
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing Nurse Anesthesia Program
UPMC Hamot School of Anesthesia / Gannon University Program
York College of Pa. / WellSpan Health Nurse Anesthetist Program
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