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CRNA Students and Faculty Lobby in Harrisburg

05/09/14

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Two faculty members and students from Jefferson School of Nursing’s Class of 2016 nurse anesthesia program attended the Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists’ Lobby Day in Harrisburg, Pa. on April 30, 2014. The group met with Representative Madeline Dean to discuss Senate Bill 959 and House Bill 1318. These simple professional designation bills would recognize certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) under Pennsylvania statute. Currently, there is no definition for "certified registered nurse anesthetists" under the state's Professional Nursing Law; CRNAs are recognized only as registered nurses.

These bills are vital to recognizing the advanced skills of CRNAs and they will also ensure that Pennsylvania remains a national center for nurse anesthesia education. Senate Bill 959 was passed unanimously on April 28. H.B. 1318 is before the House of Representatives now. All but four states differentiate CRNAs in some way.

“The faculty felt that it would be a great opportunity to see what our state organization is doing for our profession,” says Program Director Marian Feil. “We met with faculty and students from several PA based nurse anesthesia programs.”

Pictured left to right: Marian Feil, DNP, CRNA, Program Director; Thomas Kelly, MSNA, CRNA, faculty member; Joshua Kopytka, student; PA State Representative Madeline Dean; and students Nicole Irick, Emelia Makor, Meghan Gallagher and Gary Gentner. (Picture taken by student Jeanmarie McCrae)