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Update: April 18, 2017

Pro-nurse, pro-patient legislation heads to Governor’s desk
SB 1336 improves access to safe, affordable & quality patient care
The Arizona Nurses Association today lauds the Arizona Legislature’s bipartisan approval of SB 1336 (nurse anesthetists; prescribing authority; limitation). This legislation is designed to expand patient access to care, streamline needless and anti-competitive regulation, and help recruit more surgeons and physicians to Arizona communities in need.


Championed by a broad, bipartisan coalition of Arizona health care leaders, SB 1336 updates state law governing Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and addresses century-old regulations that have long handcuffed health care professionals. Specifically, SB 1336:
• Enables CRNAs to once again order the medications they require to do their jobs, authority they had prior to a legislative mix-up in 2012; and
• Makes it clear that physicians are not liable for the work of CRNAs. This has been a point of confusion that hospital administrators say is hampering their ability to recruit physicians to work in facilities with CRNAs.


“CRNAs have played a vital role in Arizona health care for more than 150 years – providing safe, affordable and quality care to patients in every corner of the state,” said Robin Schaeffer, Executive Director of the Arizona Nurses Association. “At a time when many of our communities are facing a shortage of physicians and nurses, we should be doing all we can to empower these health care professionals. We thank state Sen. Nancy Barto for sponsoring this important legislation and the Arizona doctors, nurses and legislators who have rallied behind its passage.”


Joseph Rodriguez, President of the Arizona Association of Nurse Anesthetists, said SB 1336 is critical for CRNAs, who are the primary providers of anesthesia care in many rural and underserved communities.


“Today’s nearly unanimous legislative approval is the culmination of more than 18 months of work and countless conversations with lawmakers, health care professionals and stakeholders,” Rodriguez said. “SB 1336 represents a major step forward for health care in Arizona, and we ask Governor Ducey to please sign this legislation into law.”


SB 1336 now heads to Governor Doug Ducey for his consideration.


Update: March 27, 2017


It is now Arizona Law! Congratulations to all who have been involved in moving this bill through the legislature. 


For full information regarding the 2017 APRN Full Practice Authority Initiative, SB1133 and SB1336, please visit the Top Issues Page.


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