CRNA Practice

CRNA Practice Models, Fast Facts, and Infographics

CRNAs as Most Cost-Effective CRNA Education & Training CRNA Role in Healthcare
CRNAs Ensuring Safe Care CRNAs Enhancing Recovery  


Additional Resources

AANA Statement on the Most Cost-Effective and Safe Anesthesia Practice Models

Summary of Relevant Studies/Reports Supporting Autonomous Practice for CRNAs

Florida Nurse Anesthesiology Programs

Program Director / Address

AdventHealth University 
Nurse Anesthesia Program
Alescia L DeVasher Bethea, CRNA, MS, APN, PhD
671 Winyah Drive
Orlando, FL 32803

Barry University
Master of Science in Anesthesiology
Rebecca Lee, DNP, CRNA
421 N. 21st Avenue
Hollywood, FL 33020
Florida Gulf Coast University
Nurse Anesthesia Program
Rosann Spiegel, JD, DNAP, CRNA
10501 FGCU Boulevard South
Fort Myers, FL 33965
Florida International University
Anesthesiology Nursing Program
Derrick C. Glymph, DNAP, CRNA, APRN, COL., USAR

11200 SW 8th ST, AHC3-343
Miami, FL  33199

Florida State University – Panama City, FL
Nurse Anesthesia Program
Stacey VanDyke, DNP, CRNA
Program Administrator
4750 Collegiate Drive
Panama City, FL 32405-1099
Keiser University
Nurse Anesthesia Program
Lauren K Corder, CRNA, ARNP, EdD
3909 Tamiami Trail East
Naples, FL. 34112
University of Miami
Nurse Anesthesia Program

Nurse Anesthesia Program
Juan E. Gonzalez, PhD, CRNA
PO BOX 248153
Coral Gables, FL 33124
University of North Florida
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) with a specialization in Anesthesiology.

John P. McDonough, EdD, CRNA
1 UNF Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32224

University of South Florida
Nurse Anesthesia Program
Michelle Canale, DNP, CRNA
12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., MDC 22
Tampa, FL 33612


Prescriptive Authority Requirements

RX Prescribing Law Must Know Summary with Questions and Answers Update

After being one of the last bills to pass in the 2016 legislative session, The Barbara Lumpkin Act (over 20 years in the making) continues to move forward toward January 1, 2017, implementation date for HB 423.
The law allows for APRNs and PAs to prescribe controlled substances under existing supervision and protocol requirements:

  • Prescriptions for Schedule II controlled substances are limited to a seven (7)-day supply.
  • Psychiatric medications prescribed by psychiatric APRNs are not limited by the seven (7)-day supply limitation and Psychiatric medications for patients younger than 18 years old may be prescribed only by psychiatric APRNs.
  • There will be no negative formulary or further restrictions on ARNP controlled substance prescribing, beyond the Schedule II 7-day supply limitation and those provided in the statute. ARNP controlled substance prescribing will be dictated by the ARNP’s education, training and experience and by the protocol between the individual physician and the individual ARNP.
  • The bill requires that as part of the existing continuing education requirements for APRNs, three (3) hours of continuing education every two years must be devoted to “the safe and effective prescription of controlled substances.” (AANA is expressly listed as an approved provider of continuing education.)
  • The bill also states that APRNs must have graduated from a program leading to a master’s or doctoral degree in order to prescribe controlled substances.
  • FANA was able to obtain an amendment that makes it clear that the formulary does not apply to controlled substances ordered by a CRNA for pre-anesthesia, anesthesia, and post-anesthesia purposes – in other words, the formulary will not limit the medications that CRNAs can order under current law.
  • The bill adds several disciplinary provisions for APRNs to the Nurse Practice Act pertaining to prescribing controlled substances. These are the same as the disciplinary provisions that now apply to physicians.

New laws often raise questions that were discovered after the passage which need to be answered by the governing regulatory authority and this new law is no different. The FANA Board of Directors continues to receive questions and is in the process of working with its legal counsel, the Board of Nursing and other regulatory bodies, with other interested parties to answer a host of questions.

Question: Do I need to apply for a DEA number to prescribe controlled substances? When and how can this be done?
Answer: Yes. Anyone who prescribes controlled substances must apply for a DEA number. Once your application is approved, then you will be considered officially registered. You must wait until 1/1/17 to apply for a DEA number. Once you receive a DEA number, then you can begin prescribing controlled substances after that.

To apply for DEA number go to

Question: Will there be additional CE requirements? When are they due?
Answer: Yes. As part of the 30 hours of continuing education currently required, ARNPs are required to do three (3) hours of continuing education on controlled substance prescribing prior to each license renewal in order to maintain their license. This is a license requirement for all ARNPs despite whether or not you plan on prescribing controlled substances. The 3 hours is also required whether or not an ARNP is exempt from other continuing education requirements. You need to check when your state license renewals are due, but usually they are in either April or July of the year your license is due to expire.

Question: Where can I obtain these CE hours and do they need to be completed before the January 1, 2017, effective date to prescribe?
Answer: CE Programs are in development. The Florida Nurse Practitioner Network is working with the Florida Hospital Association on a program, and the Florida Association of Nurse Practitioners is working on a program. The Florida Association of Nurse Anesthetists is also looking into a program option for its members. Stay tuned for updates on all of these options. The 3-hour CE requirement does not need to be completed prior to being able to prescribe controlled substances on 1/1/17. ARNPs just need to have a DEA license by then. Once again, the 3-hour CE requirement is just due upon renewal of your ARNP state license.

Question: If I don’t plan to prescribe controlled substances. Do I need to complete the CE?
Answer: Yes. The 3-hour CE requirement for controlled substance prescribing is mandatory for renewal of all Florida state ARNP licenses regardless of whether or not you plan on prescribing controlled substances.

Learn More About Controlled Substance Prescribing

FANA will keep you apprised of all developments. Be sure to“like” the FANA Facebook page and check the FANA website for updates. Passage of this legislation has been a FANA priority – allowing ARNP and PA professionals to practice to the full extent of their education, training, and certification.


SOFA Membership Tools 
(The Society for Opioid Free Anesthesia)

FANA members receive free membership to the Society of Opioid Free Anesthesia (SOFA), which is a $100 value! SOFA is a non-profit organization formed to research, promote & educate anesthesia professionals and the general public on opioid free pain management for patients.

Here are some of the benefits FANA members receive through their SOFA membership:

  • Helps fund Opioid Free Anesthesia research and education
  • Grants access to a growing library of Opioid Free Anesthesia research, case studies, & block tutorials
  • Includes a member only web forum to discuss Opioid Free Anesthesia
  • Gives you $99 off a Twin Oaks Anesthesia Course

To start utilizing your FANA/SOFA member benefit click here


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