New Hampshire Board of Medicine Issues Decision on Petition for Declaratory Ruling

November 14, 2019

New Hampshire Board of Medicine Issues Decision on Petition for Declaratory Ruling

Prohibiting use of optional descriptor unanimously approved.

The New Hampshire Board of Medicine (BOM) voted unanimously at their November meeting to prohibit individuals from using optional descriptors to identify themselves as anesthesiologists without licensure. The action comes in response to a position statement approved in November 2018 by the New Hampshire Board of Nursing allowing Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) to refer to themselves as “nurse anesthesiologists.”

 

“We are pleased by the New Hampshire Board of Medicine’s decision to support the use of “anesthesiologist” solely for practitioners licensed by the Board who are engaged in the authorized practice of medicine,” said James Potter, Executive Vice President of the New Hampshire Medical Society. “This ruling is consistent with the Board of Medicine’s mission to protect members of New Hampshire’s public.”