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Nurse Anesthetists: Should They Be Allowed to Practice On Their Own?

Physicians have been fighting with nurses over turf issues for many years. In primary care, nurses with advanced training claim that they can provide pretty much the same care as doctors, but physicians disagree. Now there’s a new battlefield: anesthesia. Nurse leaders argue that nurse anesthetists are just as qualified as medical doctors to administer anesthesia and should be allowed to do so without a physician’s supervision. Here, perhaps, nurses are overreaching.