Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
A Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist is an Advanced Practice Nurse who is qualified by advanced study in an accredited program in nurse anesthesia to manage patient care during the administration of anesthesia in selected surgical situations. Educational requirements include a baccalaureate degree in nursing and a minimum of 1 year of acute care nursing experience, plus a 2-year or longer master's program in anesthesia.
Nurse anesthetists are primarily involved in the direct administration
of anesthesia to a single patient but often have other duties such as airway management in emergency situations. They practice under the supervision of an anesthesiologist.
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