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Career Profiles: Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist



What do they do?

A Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) is a Registered Nurse trained to administer anesthesia.  They perform physical assessments for preoperative patients and oversee recovery from anesthesia.


Where do they work?

Hospitals, surgical centers and some private practices.


Educational Requirements

CRNA's must first complete a bachelor's degree in Nursing and obtain RN licensure.  After two years of nursing experience in the critical care environment, the nurse must enroll in a 2 to 3 year accredited program for anesthesia education and pass the national certification exam.  Most CRNA programs result in a master's degree in nursing anesthesia.


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