Four nurse anesthetists have sued the Florida Board of Medicine over a new rule that forbids such nurses from administering anesthesia for outpatient procedures without supervision by a physician anesthesiologist. The rule, effective April 15, reversed previous policy. By comparison, nurse anesthetists can administer anesthesia in Florida hospitals under the supervision of essentially any attending physician. The suit, filed in Leon County Circuit Court in Tallahassee, contends the limitation is unlawful and the state Board of Nursing, not the board of medicine, has jurisdiction over nurse anesthetists. The Florida Nurses Association has opposed the rule. At deadline, a board of medicine spokesman had not responded to a request for comment. A compromise proposal drafted by the board in July would allow surgeons to obtain a waiver from the rule provided the surgeon had undergone recent training in anesthesia, had no negative surgical outcomes in the prior two years, and hired only experienced nurse anesthetists. -- by Patrick Reilly
Nurse anesthetists sue Fla. medical board over rule
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