Nevada Association of Nurse Anesthetists News
The President's Report
|Happy New Year to all our members and
families in Nevada!
I believe that this year has been quite remarkable and exciting to say the least. It was a pleasure meeting everyone at our first state meeting in October 2001 at the Monte Carlo Hotel and Casino. We had a great turnout, learned a few things, and enjoyed a wonderful breakfast and lunch with our Nevada colleagues. Next years’ meeting will prove to be even better as we continue to grow and learn how to run an effective state meeting.
|As we are all aware, the
roller coaster ride of the CMS (formerly HCFA) supervision ruling is
completed. The supervision requirement was not removed as we had so
eagerly anticipated, but the rule has allowed state governors to opt-out
of the supervision requirement if necessary. Currently, we are working
closely with the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists to explore
our options in this situation. In a historic precedent setting move,
Iowa has become the first state to opt-out of the federal physician
requirement for nurse anesthetists. As you are all aware, the CMS rule
was published in the federal register [66 FR 56762-56769] on November
13, 2001. In order for a governor to opt-out of supervision, the
governor must meet the following requirements:
We shall wait and see what our position will be in the future for our Nevada citizens and the practice of nurse anesthesia.
|To continue our state
associations’ growth and cohesiveness, it is imperative that we have a
vision and a strategic plan in place for the upcoming year. The
following goals will be at the top of our strategic plan:
|As usual, we welcome any assistance that members can provide to help strengthen and improve the practice of nurse anesthesia within our state. Lets try to educate the public and our patients that, "Nurse Anesthesia is the Best Kept Secret". Why don’t we let the secret out and let them know who the people are behind the mask!|