CRNA Career - Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist: Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), is one of the four advanced practice nursing specialties. CRNAs are highly skilled and educated registered nurses who have completed extensive education and training in pathophysiology, anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, chemistry, physics and pharmacology. CRNAs are qualified to carry out the same anesthesia services as an anesthesiologist.
The main duties of a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist include:
- Working with other healthcare professionals i.e. anesthesiologists, dentists, surgeons.
- Providing preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative care to patients.
- Assisting with pain relief in the delivering of babies.
- Administering anesthesia to patients.
- Monitoring patients postoperatively to ensure recovery from anesthesia.
Where they work: CRNAs can work in public and private hospitals, in the obstetrical departments, ambulatory centers, or physician’s offices. They can also work in clinics and other outpatient centers.
Qualifications: CRNAs must first qualify as Registered Nurses. CRNAs must also have a minimum of one year’s hands on experience specializing in acute care nursing before enrolling in a CRNA program. Graduate CRNA programs are 24 to 36 months in duration. Upon completion nurses can graduate with a Master’s Degree in nursing. A Master’s Degree is not essential to become a CRNA but most programs can lead to one.
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Below is a list of some of the various types of medical nurses / assistant nurses: