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About Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA)

There are a variety of anesthesia providers who are licensed to practice in Ohio.  This page will provide you with resources and factual information concerning Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs).  

» CRNAs have been providing anesthesia for over 150 years.  They are the first recognized anesthesia providers.

» In Ohio, CRNAs practice in every setting in which anesthesia is delivered: traditional hospital surgical suites, obstetric delivery rooms; critical access hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers; the offices of dentists, podiatrists, ophthalmologists, and plastic surgeons.

» As Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, CRNAs practice with a high degree of autonomy and professional respect.  

» CRNAs can be the sole anesthesia provider at a facility and this is especially the case in Ohio's rural communities.  

» CRNAs are required to carry their own malpractice coverage, no different from an anesthesiologist.  

» Nationally recognized studies examining CRNA provided care, as well as the safety and economic implications of care provided by CRNA’s have shown that there is no difference in the care provided by a CRNA versus that of an anesthesiologist

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.  CRNAs are licensed as Advanced Practice Nurses in Ohio and certified through the National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists.  


The Role of a 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.