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.

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How much does a Nurse Anesthetist make near United States?

$242,108 /yr
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VISTA Staffing SolutionsVISTA Staffing Solutions
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
Oct 3, 2023

“My recruiter refused to let me speak to her boss and threatened legal if I pursued this matter.”

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
Sep 3, 2021

“Excellent people to work with”

NorthStar AnesthesiaNorthStar Anesthesia
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
Apr 21, 2022

“Salary is not competitive/ up to market value”

University of Maryland Medical CenterUniversity of Maryland Medical Center
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
Jan 12, 2022

“Overall nice people on a day to day basis.”

US Department of Veterans AffairsUS Department of Veterans Affairs
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
Jul 13, 2021

“Patients are great to work with.”

Envision HealthcareEnvision Healthcare
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
Nov 22, 2021

“Lowest salary comparable to surroundings.”

UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s HospitalsUCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
Mar 18, 2022

“Great work life balance.”

Allied Anesthesia Asscociates
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
Jul 14, 2022

“Good people to work with.”

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