Training required to become a Certified Nurse Anesthetist
A Master of Science in Nursing degree as well as completing the required state
licensing examinations is required in order to become a Certified Registered Nurse
Anesthetist as it is an Advanced-practice nursing position. The nurse will have
undergone special training in the use of anesthetics. A CRNA typically works directly
for an Anesthesiologist and often works in delivery rooms, dental offices, or operating
Certified Nurse Anesthetists, as with all nurses, are required to continue to further
their knowledge through re-certification courses and Continuing Education credits.
With medicine, an ever changing field of growth and new techniques and science, nurses
and all medical personnel need to grow and change with the field.
What do Certified Nurse Anesthetists do?
Depending on the state regulations and licensing details, CRNAs can work side by
side with Anesthesiologists, in collaboration with Anesthesiologists or totally independent.
Quite often in less populous areas and less-develop countries, Certified Nurse Anesthetists
are an integral part of the medical community due to a shortage of Anesthesiologists.
Along with smaller communities, and developing countries, the military uses a great
number of CRNAs. The military has employed many Nurse Anesthetists throughout history.
Nurse Anesthetists are the main providers of anesthesia services to both retired and
active duty soldiers. They can work in military health center, on naval ships and in
As with Anesthesiologists, CRNAs are certified to provide all forms of anesthetic
techniques including general, epidural, spinal, peripheral nerve block, sedation,
CRNAs are often responsible for taking care of patients recovering from anesthesia
whether in a doctor's office, dental office, surgical center or hospital setting.
Somewhat surprisingly, many CRNAs are male. If fact some statistics show up to 41%
versus 10% of the total nursing population.
An average salary for a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist is around $150,000-$179,000
as of 2011 published statistics.