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Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist

Career data updated last on 10/15/2014
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist As anesthesia specialists, CRNAs take care of patients before, during and after surgical or obstetrical procedures. Nurse anesthetists stay with their patients for the entire procedure, constantly monitoring every important body function and individually modifying the anesthetic to ensure maximum safety and comfort. RNAs provide services in conjunction with other healthcare professionals such as surgeons, dentists, podiatrists, and anesthesiologists.
Salary $72.64/hr - $151,090 annually
Significant Points CRNAs are in demand and therefore have many opportunities for general or specialty practice throughout the United States. CRNAs are the sole anesthesia providers in two-thirds of rural hospitals in the United States.
Work Environment CRNAs can practice in a variety of settings in the private and public sectors and in the U.S. military, including traditional hospital operating rooms, ambulatory surgery centers, pain clinics, and physicians’ offices. They practice on a solo basis, in groups and collaboratively. Some CRNAs have independent contracting arrangements with physicians or hospitals.
High School Prep General college preparation is recommended: three courses in math including algebra I, algebra II and geometry, or a higher level math course for which algebra II is a prerequisite; three science courses including biology and chemistry, one physical science and one lab course; four English units and two social studies units, including one in U.S. History; and two years of a second language.
Academic Requirements To become a CRNA a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) or other appropriate baccalaureate degree is necessary, as well as, holding a current license as a registered nurse. At least one year of experience as a registered nurse in an acute care setting is required. CRNAs must have a master’s degree from an accredited nurse anesthesia program. As of February 1, 2004, there are 92 nurse anesthesia programs with more than 1,000 affiliated clinical sites in the United States. They can range from 24-36 months, depending upon university requirements. All programs include clinical training in university-based or large community hospitals. A mandatory national certification examination is required following graduation administered by the Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists. In order to maintain their certification, CRNAs need to obtain a minimum of 40 hours of continuing education every two years.


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