Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetics (CRNA) work closely with doctors in the Operating Room (OR) to administer anesthetics to patients. They are board-certified for the job and enjoy work independence, as opposed to other nurses.
Certified registered nurse anesthetics work on various cases, including major and minor procedures. They can work in a hospital, dentist's office, doctor's private practice, or even in pain management clinics. CRNAs may also perform non-anesthesia related jobs like personnel management and patient care.
Within the OR, these nurses ensure that patients remain under anesthesia and follow up with post-anesthetic care afterward. They are also responsible for keeping the patient's airways clear and free of obstructions.
The path to becoming a CRNA involves graduating from nursing school and registering as a nurse in your state. You will also need to obtain a license from the practicing board.