Nurse Anesthetists, or Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs), are advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) who provide patient care before, during, and after anesthesia. These healers and contributors collaborate with surgeons, anesthesiologists, dentists, and other professionals to ensure their patients are safe and comfortable during surgical procedures. CRNAs need to possess critical thinking skills, as well as compassion and excellent communication. They assess patients’ medical histories to ensure the safe provision of pain management and discuss any side effects with patients, as well as administer anesthesia and monitor vital signs during and post-surgical procedures.
CRNAs must have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, a registered nurse license, two or more years of critical care nursing experience such as an ICU or emergency room, a master’s degree in nurse anesthesia, as well as needing to pass the National Certification Examination (NCE). Due to their advanced training and the weight of their responsibilities, nurse anesthetists are generally very well-compensated. They can work in a variety of settings, from operating rooms in medical and surgical hospitals to maternity wards, where they provide epidurals during childbirth. Jobs for in-demand nurse anesthetists are expected to grow 16% by 2026.