Rep. Lynda Boudreau Named Legislator Of The Year By The Minnesota Association Of Nurses Anesthetists

MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The Minnesota Association of Nurse Anesthetists (MANA) named state Rep. Lynda Boudreau its Legislator of the Year for her support of nurse anesthetists and for working with them on the Medicare opt-out provision, supported by MANA and the Minnesota Hospital Association.

Boudreau, chair of the Health and Human Services Policy Committee, held a hearing on the opt-out provision in February. In a recent award ceremony, MANA board members thanked Boudreau for giving nurse anesthetists the opportunity to testify about their extensive education, experience, and contributions in a thoughtful public forum.

The opt-out provision allows nurse anesthetists to exercise their full scope of practice granted under state and federal laws. This flexibility gives rural health care facilities, especially surgical centers, more options in staffing their facilities, thus ensuring continued access for their patients.

"As the hearing demonstrated, nurse anesthetists play a vital role in Minnesota's health care network, which is why hospital administrators from every corner of the state testified in favor of the opt-out provision," said MANA President Linda Huber. "They recognize the provision protects rural health care by making safe and affordable health care accessible to all Minnesotans."

Boudreau said access to rural health care was an important economic development issue as well as a key health care issue, and that she supported efforts to maintain and improve access.

"When policymakers are looking for innovative ways to make health care widely available and affordable to Minnesotans, we should maximize the contributions of nurse anesthetists and other advanced practice nurses to deliver safe and cost-effective health care services," said Boudreau.

About the Minnesota Association of Nurse Anesthetists

MANA represents about 1,100 certified registered nurse anesthetists in Minnesota, and is part of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA). In Minnesota, nurse anesthetists provide 70 percent of all anesthesia care. In addition, nurse anesthetists have been the principal anesthesia providers in combat areas in every war in which the United States has been engaged since World War I. The profession received its start in the United States at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., more than 100 years ago.

Nurse anesthetists meet, by far, the most stringent continuing education and re-certification requirements in the country for providing anesthesia care. In addition to being licensed as a registered nurse, they must complete a postgraduate degree program in anesthesia and earn national certification to practice.

For more information about nurse anesthetists, visit MANA's website at http://www.mnana.org/ or the website of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists at http://www.aana.com/ .

Minnesota Association of Nurse Anesthetists

CONTACT: Marc Kessler for Minnesota Association of Nurse Anesthetists,+1-651-690-0897

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