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What is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)?

Nurse anesthesia is an advanced clinical nursing specialty. CRNAs safely administer more than 33 million anesthetics each year in the United States. CRNAs are highly-skilled advance practice nurses.

In Ohio, nurse anesthetists must obtain a bachelor’s degree, graduate with a minimum of a master’s degree from a nurse anesthesia accredited program, complete additional hours of clinical work (the average student nurse anesthetist completes almost 2,500 clinical hours) and pass a national exam in order to be able to practice here.

In Ohio, CRNAs are licensed as Advanced Practice Nurses with the certificate of authority to administer medications to their patients. Each CRNA must be recertified every two years. Nurse anesthetists’ recertification includes meeting advanced practice requirements and obtaining a minimum of 40 continuing education credits.

 

 

What is the Role of An Individual CRNA?

A CRNA takes care of a patient’s anesthesia needs before, during and after surgery or the delivery of a baby by:

  • Performing a physical assessment
  • Participating in preoperative teaching
  • Preparing for anesthetic management
  • Administering anesthesia to keep the patient pain free
  • Maintaining anesthesia intra-operatively
  • Overseeing recovery from anesthesia
  • Following the patient’s postoperative course from recovery room to patient care unit.