Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists

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Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists

I have long heard about how CRNA’s make a lot of money and that I should look into obtaining the education for this career. It wasn’t until now that I realized what a great profession this would be. I may not be able to complete what is required for this career, but maybe I can tell my fellow nursing students what an awesome career this could be. So what is a CRNA? The AANA defines them as RN’s that “provide anesthesia in collaboration with surgeons, Anesthesiologists, dentists, and other qualified healthcare professionals.” (AANA,”CRNA at a Glance”par.4 ,2013). Essentially they are responsible for administering anesthesia (medication to aid in the surgical procedure) when it is needed from routine office procedures to more extensive hospital situations. (AANA,” Become a CRNA”, 2013). In essence they perform a physical assessment of patient. They then administer anesthesia for patients prior to surgery or delivery. They then monitor the levels of anesthesia and adjust accordingly. (payscale.com,2013) It is a recognized as a practice of nursing but essentially the anesthesia is given the same way that anesthesia professionals administer it. It does require extensive education and training in this field. “ The requirements for becoming a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) mainly include having a bachelor's degree in nursing (or other appropriate baccalaureate degree), Registered Nurse licensure, a minimum of one year acute care experience (for example, ICU or ER), and the successful completion of both an accredited nurse anesthesia educational program and the national certification examination.” (AANA,”CRNA at a Glance”par.5 ,2013). It could take anywhere from 24 to 36 months to obtain this type of licensing. The main draw to this type of Nurse is certainly the pay. The average salary earned by an Anesthetist is between $77,865 - $186,619. They also usually have benefits included as well...
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