January 13, 2017
Regarding recent inflammatory social media posts
As a number of you have reported, we became aware earlier this week of numerous highly inflammatory, crass and unprofessional “tweets” posted by the immediate past president of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists. As upsetting and disturbing as these communications are and continue to be, we would urge you not to respond with corrections or indignation, no matter how much they may be deserved. Unfortunately, it is not possible to reason with someone who is not reasonable and the ASA as a professional organization will not be issuing a response. To respond to such communications gives them credence and relevance. These communications are neither accurate, credible nor relevant to our profession, our specialty and the patients whom we serve. We have no reason to believe the “tweets” are being taken seriously by any recipient.
Jeffrey Plagenhoef, M.D., James Grant, M.D., Linda Mason, M.D. and Daniel Cole, M.D.
ASA Executive Committee