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Founded in 1936, the Florida Association of Nurse Anesthetists (FANA) represents 3,500 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) licensed in Florida. FANA advocates for our patients and members in legislative and governmental affairs and serves as a resource for CRNAs, the nursing and medical professions, hospitals, health care facilities and others interested in anesthesia care.
CRNAs provide comprehensive anesthesia care to patients before, during and after surgical and obstetrical procedures and are the primary anesthesia professionals in rural and medically underserved areas. CRNAs practice in every setting in which anesthesia is administered including traditional hospital surgical and obstetrical suites, interventional pain management, critical access hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers. CRNAs also practice in the offices of dentists, ophthalmologists and plastic surgeons.
IMPORTANT Information Concerning Licensure Renewals and CEs
The Florida Department of Health, Division of Medical Quality Assurance will now verify a practitioner’s continuing education record in the electronic tracking system at the time of renewal. This program is part of our commitment to expeditiously license health care professionals who meet statutorily mandated standards of competency
The CE/CME@Renewal program is being implemented in two phases to provide a smooth transition for all licensees and CE providers. During this phase, the Department encourages licensees to start learning about the Continuing Education Electronic Tracking System and reporting course completion. Licensees will be prompted, but not required, to self-report missing CE hours when they renew their license.
In Phase 2, the mandatory phase, all required CE hours must be reported to the Continuing Education Electronic Tracking System to renew a license. Once Phase 2 has begun, you must have reported course completion before your license can be renewed. The Department encourages licensees to login to the tracking system before applying for renewal to ensure their information is complete and accurate. Verifying compliance before renewal is key to a seamless renewal experience.
Please see the chart below for the Optional and Mandatory reporting cycles for your Profession.
To learn more about CE/CME@Renewal, please visit www.FLHealthSource.com
FANA President Jorge Valdes Comments on Cost-Effectiveness and Quality of CRNAs and the Need to Remove Barriers to Practice.
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FANA President presents testimony at State House Select Committee on Workforce.
Dr. Jorge Valdes, President of FANA testified today in front of the Florida Select Committee on Health Care Workforce Innovation. Providing evidence-based data, Dr. Valdes addressed the need for removal of restrictions to practice that would permit CRNAs and ARNPs to practice to the fullest extent of our education and training.
Recently FANA has become aware that some confusion exists on the issue of supervision of Anesthesia Assistants (AAs). There have been no changes to the statutory language as noted below. If you encounter discrepancies in this regard, you may file a complaint to the Florida Dept. of Health.
Section 458.3475(1)(g), Fla. Statutes:
“Direct supervision” means the onsite, personal supervision by an anesthesiologist who is present in the office when the procedure is being performed in that office, or is present in the surgical or obstetrical suite when the procedure is being performed in that surgical or obstetrical suite and who is in all instances immediately available to provide assistance and direction to the anesthesiologist assistant while anesthesia services are being (g) performed.
A complaint may be filed against a licensed health care practitioner at the DOH website:
The phone number for the DOH complaint office is: 850/245-4339.