Nurse anesthetists are advanced practice registered nurses who administer anesthetics
to patients undergoing medical, dental, surgical and obstetrical procedures. They work
in collaboration with physicians or dentists, combining professional nursing skills with
the science of anesthesia. Nurse anesthetists are an important part of the surgical team.
• explain upcoming medical procedures and anesthesia to patients.
• assemble and test medical equipment needed to administer anesthetics.
• prepare prescribed solutions and start intravenous injections.
• administer prescribed anesthetics and medications.
• observe patients to ensure that anesthesia is maintained.
• monitor patients for warning signs during anesthesia and assist attending
physicians with emergency procedures, if necessary.
• record each patient’s condition (as well as all anesthetics and medications
administered) before, during and after surgery.
Nurse anesthetists may work in hospitals, emergency rooms, dental offices and outpatient surgery facilities.
Average Salary Range
$60,000 – $110,000
Students interested in a career as a nurse anesthetist should take the most challenging high school courses available in science, math and English, including advanced placement courses. To be a nurse anesthetist, students must first complete education and training to be a baccalaureate-prepared registered nurse. Students also must have at least one year’s experience in a critical care
setting. To become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), students attend an approved nurse anesthesia graduate
program, which includes 24-36 months of course work and a minimum of 800 hours of clinical experience. Finally, they must
pass a national certification examination by the Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists.
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