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Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist Basics

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist Basics

Do you have what it takes to become a CRNA?

A Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist is someone who administers anesthesia to patients. They collaborate with surgeons, anesthesiologists, dentists and podiatrists to safely administer anesthesia medications. For additional information, please refer to the Nurse Anesthetist discussion thread.

Median Annual Salary

$134,820

Educational Requirements

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Successful completion of a CRNA program (24-36 months). Prior to admission into a CRNA program, applicants should have already completed the following: BSN or other appropriate baccalaureate degree, hold a current RN license, and have one year’s experience in critical care nursing.

Search our job listings for nurse anesthetist positions.

And read this article for career opportunities for CRNAs.

Check out this site for further information on advancing your nursing education.

Related Organizations

American Association of Nurses Anesthetists

Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists

American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses

International Federation of Nurse Anesthetists

British Anaesthetic and Recovery Nurses Association

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    Account Removed

    almost 6 years ago

    Two to three years for traning, it's like taking another BSN, I think i'll just take a master's degree

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    alewis5

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    im interested in nursing career but i dont know how to get start and i need more inforemations on how to start because . if someone could please give me some info i would greatly appreciate it

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    sumitra

    almost 6 years ago

    4 comments

    Hi , i am currently a nursing student . I am interested in pursuing my future career in being an anesthesia nurse . Passing out as an RN in a year's time.

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    aironside

    about 6 years ago

    2 comments

    It is true that NP's are almost doctors, but a CRNA is almost an anesthesiologist, which is the highest paid doctor.

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    Business2CNA2RN

    about 6 years ago

    40 comments

    Why does a CRNA make more than a NP? Isnt a NP a higher level of Nursing than a CRNA? NP seems to be almost a doctor to me prescribe meds and have own practice that pay sucks NP pay is close to RN pay.

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    JENNY20

    about 6 years ago

    2 comments

    about how long do you have to be in college before you are a certified registered nurse anesthetist?

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    normienurse

    about 6 years ago

    16 comments

    Don't put yourself down aliciamiller!!! when you say "all I have is a GED!!!" Getting your GED is a huge accomplishment and you should be proud of yourself! Go for it!

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    normienurse

    about 6 years ago

    16 comments

    I just graduated from a 2 year college with an Associate's degree. I passed the NCLEX and now I am an official RN! I'm going back to school to get my BSN in 1 year-many schools have a 1 year RN to BSN program, then I'm applying for my master's to get my CRNA. I'm 36, a single mom, if I can do it, any of you can! Good luck! If I can help with any questions, please contact me!

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    JVixamar

    about 6 years ago

    2 comments

    currently i am enrolled in a LPN program, i will be graduating Dec. 2008 and will continue to pursue a BSN in nursing, and CRNA is a very interesting part of nursing that i am interested in...can i possibly get more info, and what schools offer this program...

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    CRNA2B

    about 6 years ago

    6 comments

    All I have is a GED as well. I'm 35 with 2 children and have been accepted to the community college. I will be taking about 3 semesters of prerequisites, then you apply for the RN program which takes 2 years (part-time or full-time still 2 years). I happen to do medical transcription at home, so I am going to go full-time, with breaks between semesters, so I can bust out some income while in school, but part-time is 3 days a week for 2 years solid, either way sounded great to me. Our community college also offers RN-BSN, so you can go pretty far in 4 years even without a high school diploma. Universities (I'm going for CRNA in the end) told me to get my associate's a community college and go from there. I could go to a university for my bachelor's and master's, but so I only have to move my family once, I've chosen to stay with the community college til applying to anesthesia programs and MSN; so we're talking within a month of deciding I wanted to be a CRNA, with only a GED, I am starting school this fall semester and actually can make 135k a year one day, all without a high school diploma. It's hard work if you've got a family, but if you're on your own, it should be pretty quick and easy. First fill out a FAFSA, free financial aid application, pick schools you may want to attend (you have to put them on the application) and you are good to go from there. If you're just going for RN, in under 3 years you can be making $25 an hour, yes, with only a GED.

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    charlie36

    about 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I want to pursue a nursing degree but at the moment I have only got a GED. So how do I go from there?

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    pamelaann

    about 6 years ago

    2 comments

    Harvest - do you have any background in medicine? Excelsior College has online nursing programs. Good luck in moving .
    Pamela-Ann

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    gracious82

    over 6 years ago

    2 comments

    im interested in nursing career but i dont know how to get start and i need more inforemations on how to start because my husband and i we are trying to buy a big house this summer.

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    Harvest

    over 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I'm a 33 year old woman living in Hawaii with my partner of 7 years and working on my second career. I've always wanted to make a difference in the world helping others and to travel the globe. I'm taking care of my partner who is terminally ill with Pulmonary Fibrosis and would 'LOVE' to go back to school, online (if possible), to work from the ground up in becoming a travelling RN or Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. My question is... Hawaii, having very few options in higher education in becoming an RN... what would be my best option to get started, online (if possible), in becoming a travelling RN or Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)? Any suggestions or recommendations? I'm looking for any accelerated programs, hospital based programs, anything.

    My partner and I are planning to move to the mainland within the next 6-10 months, to either San Diego or San Francisco. She needs to be plugged into one of the Pulmonary Fibrosis Programs at one the 3 main UC schools; UCSF, UCSD or UCLA. I am very open minded. Again, please any suggestions or recommendations are welcome. (Thanks guys for listening)

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    Account Removed

    over 6 years ago

    yea am in high school and considering to be either a certified registered nurse anesthetist or an anesthesiologist and want to know if i can be a nurse and register to a medical school or have to be an anesthetist first

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