Just like the North Carolina General Assembly, many other state legislatures across the country are considering legislation that would remove the requirement of physician supervision of nurses. In Michigan, SB 320 would propose to allow Certified Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) to practice without physician oversight. This proposal was concerning enough to one Michigan mother – a mother who also happens to be a nurse – that she was prompted to write an opinion piece to her local paper.
Read the account of her daughter’s near death experience while in the dental chair and how the leadership and expertise of a physician anesthesiologist prevented the worst case scenario, HERE.
It is our hope that North Carolina lawmakers will heed the warning of this story and protect North Carolina patients by maintaining physician supervision of all advanced practice nurses – including CRNAs.