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Back-stabbing, intimidation, and sabotage are all too common on some nursing floors, but many in nursing are working to change culture and offer strategies for how to stop these behaviors.
Two large physician groups claimed surgical patients were being put at risk because a new California regulation allows nurse anesthetists to administer anesthesia without the supervision of a physician, and sued to stop the practice.
In reaction to the above story, nurse anesthetists across the country vehemently defended their ability to administer anesthesia without physician supervision, saying there's never been a study showing the practice to be unsafe. Representatives of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists say studies have shown that certified registered nurse anesthetists perform the service with equal safety, or even more safely, than anesthesiologists.
Rebecca Hendren is a senior managing editor at HCPro, Inc. in Danvers, MA. She edits www.StrategiesForNurseManagers.com and manages The Leaders' Lounge blog for nurse managers. Email her at email@example.com.
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