What does a Nurse Anesthetist do?
Nurse anesthetists are specially trained nurses who are responsible for managing anesthesia services during surgeries and other medical procedures. They provide preparation instructions and review patient history and records prior to the procedure. They develop the anesthesia plan and administer anesthesia and related medications during and immediately following treatment. They serve as a critical part of the medical team and provide expertise and guidance to doctors and other treatment providers.
Nurse anesthetists are advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) and must have a valid nursing license in their state. They must have a CRNA (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist) certification and should have extensive experience with the preparation and administration of anesthesia for a range of medical procedures. These roles require meticulous attention to detail and the ability to remain focused in stressful situations.
How much does a Nurse Anesthetist make?