Nurse Anesthetists

Nurse anesthetists, also known as certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs), are one of four classifications of advanced practice nurses (APNs). They are registered nurses (RNs) with advanced training in anesthesiology. They are responsible for administering, supervising, and monitoring anesthesia-related care for patients undergoing surgical procedures. General anesthesia is not necessary for all surgical procedures; therefore, nurse anesthetists also work on cases in which they provide various types of local anesthesia—topical, infiltration, nerve-block, spinal, and epidural or caudal. There are more than 35,000 nurse anesthetists working in the United States.


Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Advanced Practice Nurses, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists
Duties Administer and monitor anesthesia-related health care to surgical patients
Salary Range $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide, particularly in urban areas
Minimum Education Level
  • Master's Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Health
Experience Previous experience as a registered nurse
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
Skills
  • Interpersonal
  • Organizational
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Excellent
Advancement Prospects Excellent
Outlook Much Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Chief Nurse Anesthetist
  • Nurse Anesthetist
  • Registered Nurse

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