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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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    Plute_Dog

    over 6 years ago

    26 comments

    DTurner you need to attain entrance in a technical school, jr. college, or university and complete all pre reqs reuired to enter the program. once you pass the appropriate classes you just have to ace the nclex to get your license...ps. Im a nursing student applying for the fall semester into the program if u were wondering

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    EmilyB

    over 6 years ago

    8 comments

    To Rraney33...I started my nursing course when I was in my 40's..I have been a registered nurse for 16 yrs now...I would do it all over again!!!!! I love being a RN!! Now I am a traveler and wish I had started in my 30's...WOW what a great career and life!! I say ...GO FOR IT!!! You will never regret it! Emma~ PS I have diabetes too...and so do a lot of other nurses...!!

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    rraney33

    almost 7 years ago

    2 comments

    I think that I would be too old to become a nurse, Iam 33 years old now with diabetes, are my chances slim to acheive my goals? I would really like to become a nurse because I enjoy helping others, and taking care of people in general. What should I do?

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    Pulliam6

    almost 7 years ago

    2 comments

    I'm currently enrolled in a university in Baltimore, Md, i'm preparing to take the Nursing Entrance Exam in the spring. While enrolled as a nursing student are there other steps that I can take to help me in this career, I'm very interested.

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    DTurner8

    about 7 years ago

    2 comments

    I just completed my training for a Certified Nursing Assistant. Besides going to school for BSN, what do i need to do to became a Registered Nurse? Or is that after i get my BSN?

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    LadyEvans30

    over 7 years ago

    8 comments

    I need to know how to get started

  • Msee4otf1wacfq6dh2l_kjhncslyi8820060_max50

    LadyEvans30

    over 7 years ago

    8 comments

    I am interested in this career and I would like to get started

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