In blue or green coats, masks on the nose and resuscitation tubes on the head, nurse anesthetists took to the streets of several cities in France on Monday, May 17 to demand recognition of their specialty and salary increases.
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In Lille, Bordeaux, Marseille or Toulouse, a hundred state-certified nurse anesthetists (IADE) demonstrated, responding to a call to strike and demonstrate from the CGT, to defend the know-how of their profession “Advanced, transversal and versatile”, that they want to see at the same time “Sanctuary” and revalued in terms of salary scale, to take into account five years of studies.
“We are intubating you, they are entubent!”: Nurse anesthetists took to the streets of several cities in France on Monday to demand recognition of their specialty and salary increases #AFP pic.twitter.com/bPxl8bTCQQ
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The 10,000 or so IADEs in French hospitals have followed a specialization course for two years, after the initial three years in nursing school.
“We cannot be denied a special status”
“We cannot, on the one hand, call us overnight to go to intensive care, go to medical evacuation, in an emergency, while waiting for the same level of excellence, and on the other hand deny us a special status. “, argues Julie, 35, nurse anesthetist at Bordeaux University Hospital for five years.
In Lille, they were also a hundred (including many students) gathered around a false coffin “Nurse anesthetists. 1949-2021 ». For Arnaud Warot, nurse anesthetist in Douai and one of the spokespersons of the regional collective, it is important to “Bring back to the executive the exhaustion and the feeling of contempt and abandonment of the profession”.
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Ludovic Lainé, RN student, asks him that the training program for nurse anesthetists, undermined by the health crisis, be respected: “Our internship hours in anesthesia are reduced in favor of Covid sheave hours. We forget that our learning is done through experience ”.
“We’re at the end of our rope”
Several dozen people in blue coats were also gathered at the Place du Capitole in Toulouse. “IADE, a great job, a very poor status”, could we read on the backs of some demonstrators.
“We’re at the end of our rope. We would like our versatility to be recognized ”, explains Sandrine, 50, from Figeac, who says she earns less than € 3,000 gross after 25 years of work, including 20 as a nurse anesthetist.