Please share your views on the final NBCRNA/CPC recertification proposal and future interactions and collaborations between AANA and the NBCRNA and COA.
Lynn Reede- I support and look forward to member’s participation with the NBCRNA to complete the elements of the Continued Professional Certification (CPC) Program. The profession’s fingerprint on our lifelong professional learning is critical to the quality anesthesia care we each provide. I look forward to evaluating my own knowledge as a practioners and if a deficit is found, to use the learning modules to enhance my foundation for practice.
The members view the AANA, Council on Accreditation (COA) and National Boards for Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) as one organization, though autonomous, as responsible for our profession’s future. Each has unique responsibilities and mission, each serves our profession as we serve our patients. We must collaborate to understand our shared challenges to create robust solutions looking at the multifaceted environment we practice in. The AANA, COA and NBCRNA recognize the need to define our connections. As a beginning, I have had the honor of being the AANA Board liaison with the Council on Accreditation as an attendee of their Board’s open session. The COA Board is diverse and passionate about the excellence of our education programs and graduates.
In the future, it is the Boards, AANA members, NBCRNA certificants and COA programs and students who will engage to connect us. I see challenge as we decide how we will create communication forums that will connect us and not drown us with information. We are a diverse community of interest!
Dan Simonson – I have written an extensive blog post on this subject (including references) at:
However, let me summarize my position here. The Continuing Professional Competency (CPC) program is necessary and too long delayed. We should have done something like this 10 years ago. I feel this failure of the NBCRNA to bring about an update to our certification in a timely manner, and the acrimonious rollout of the program that was finally put together, is a direct result of a misguided focus on autonomy from, instead of collaboration with, the AANA.
Autonomy in the matter of specific types of decision-making by our organizational affiliates is important- but our organizational affiliates have let an overwrought concern for autonomy overtake their main mission. The NBCRNA and the COA were created and exist solely to serve the specialty of Nurse Anesthesia – and not the interests as they conceive them, but as the specialty conceives them. How can a self-perpetuating board of 11 people, even if a majority of them are CRNAs, ever hope to understand and anticipate the needs and advances of 44,000 actively practicing CRNAs, who are always and everywhere changing the content and expanding the boundaries of our practice? The statement that they exist to serve the public is a red herring- the public is best served by a concerted, collaborative effort rather than the silly turf-battles we have recently seen.
The NBCRNA and the COA exist to make sure that as CRNA practice expands and evolves, the graduates of our schools and our practitioners are prepared and competent to undertake these advances. And the only way they can do that is by collaborating closely with the professional organization that represents 90% of practicing CRNAs – the AANA. Indeed, the NBCRNA and the COA should consider themselves uniquely fortunate among credentialing bodies for advanced nursing practice, because most advanced nursing practice specialty organizations represent a far lower percentage of practitioners, thus making their jobs much more difficult.
Far from seeking to distance themselves from the AANA, the NBCRNA and the COA should instead be seeking ways to ever more closely collaborate with the AANA, all the while maintaining the minimum required autonomy- because they can rest assured, given the AANA’s overwhelming membership of their “community of interest”, that they will thereby most closely follow the actual needs and progress of our specialty.
Finally, let me say clearly that I am not placing the blame for this failure of collaboration solely on the NBCRNA and the COA. I strongly believe that most of the failure originated in the AANA due to a misguided and erroneous impression of the requirements for autonomy of our organizational affiliates. I promise to do my best to correct that failure.
“There shall be an Executive Committee of the Board of Directors consisting of the President, President-elect, Vice President, and Treasurer. The President shall serve as the Chair of this Committee. The Executive Committee shall manage the affairs of the ASSOCIATION between meetings of the Board of Directors and shall be authorized and empowered to act on behalf of the ASSOCIATION. “ AANA bylaws.
Aside from past AANA officers and board members, I expect many members are not aware of the duties and functions of the Executive Committee. Please share your view of the actions and responsibilities of the Executive Committee and what your role on this committee would involve.