Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA’s) have been safely practicing anesthesia for NEARLY 150 YEARS!
CRNAs are advanced practice nurses with a specialized graduate-level education in anesthesiology who administer anesthesia in all types of surgical cases using all types of anesthetic techniques. We are trained to think independently and can practice independently without an Anesthesiologist.
We provide anesthesia care in hospitals (surgical, obstetrical, and trauma services), in ambulatory surgery centers, and in dentist’s, podiatrist’s and surgeon’s offices.
We are anesthesia professionals who safely administer approximately 32 million anesthetics to patients each year.
55-60% of Missouri’s counties with hospitals providing anesthesia services are covered solely by CRNAs and we are the primary anesthesia providers in rural America. Without CRNAs there would be no trauma stabilization, obstetrical, or surgical services in these underserved areas.
Managed Care Plans recognize CRNAs for providing high-quality anesthesia care with reduced expenses to patients and insurance companies. (This helps control escalating healthcare costs)
CRNA’s can practice without the supervision of a physician anesthesiologist. We can collaborate with surgeons, dentists, podiatrists, or anesthesiologists.
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists
- A CRNA is an advance practice nurse specializing in nurse anesthesia. They are professional registered nursed who have obtained thru extensive education and completion of a National Exam, certification as anesthesia nursing specialists
- Degree Granted:
- Minimum degree awarded is Masters Degree. Many receive doctoral degree.
- Anesthesia Practice
- CRNA’s are qualified to make independent judgments regarding all aspects of anesthesia care, based on their education, licensure, and certification. Provide anesthesia in cooperation with surgeons, dentists, anesthesiologists’ podiatrists. CRNA’s practice with a high degree of autonomy
- Practice locations:
- CRNA’s practice in all 50 states in every setting in which anesthesia is delivered. CRNAs are the main provider of anesthesia in rural and underserved communities.
- There are 37,000 practicing nurse anesthetists that safely administer approx 30 million anesthetics to patients each year
- CRNA’s practice under the laws of every state
- Scope of Practice:
- CRNA’s are educated and trained to work with or without an anesthesiologist. CRNA’s are also educated and trained to exercise independent judgments and to respond quickly to anesthetic emergencies
- Nurse anesthetist have been practicing for nearly 150 years
- Number of Accredited Nurse Anesthesia Programs:
- 109 accredited programs throughout the country
- Number of students:
- Approximately 5,300 students were enrolled in nurse anesthesia programs in 2008
- Admission Requirements:
- Four years of professional nursing education, a baccalaureate, RN licensure, at least one year (many average 4-5years) as a professional RN where they developed independent decision maker capabilities. Applicants have acquired extensive clinical experience in areas such as coronary, respiratory, post anesthesia, and surgical intensive care units before entering their programs.
- Prerequisite coursework:
- Examples of coursed commonly required include anatomy, physiology, microbiology, chemistry, pharmacology, sociology and psychology and statistics.
- Scope of Training:
- CRNA’s are capable of high level independent function and receive instruction in the administration of all types of anesthesia including general and regional anesthesia, local and conscious sedation, monitored anesthesia care, and pain management for all patients.
- Anesthesia Clinical Education :
- COA standards require a minimum of 550 cases. The average number of cases was 850 delivered with an average of 1,773 anesthesia case hours
- Total Clinical Education:
- CRNA’s receive a minimum of 7 years formal education and preparation. And will typically have acquired at least 6,000 hours of clinical patient care experience.
- Autonomy and Flexibility in Practice:
- Practices with a significant degree of autonomy in all types of practice settings. Work in urban and rural settings
- Patient Safety:
- Numerous studies have concluded that CRNAs are safe providers
- Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) work in all 50 states, have their own professional society, own professional journal, own governing body, along with practice guidelines and task forces to better improve patient care just at anesthesiologists do.
Are you or a loved one having surgery or undergoing a procedure??? Be sure to ask who will deliver your anesthesia.
For nearly 150 years, nurse anesthetists or CRNA’s have been providing safe, high-quality anesthesia to surgical patients of all ages, in every setting in which anesthesia is delivered, and for every type of surgical procedure imaginable. Long recognized for their vigilance and patient advocacy, nurse anesthetists are on your side while they stay at your side throughout your surgery. On that, patients and their families can rest assured.
CRNAs have been studied extensively throughout their long history. Numerous studies show that they deliver excellent quality of care. A recent national study (2008) proves that there is no difference in obstetrical anesthesia safety between hospitals that use only CRNAs and those that use only anesthesiologists. For more information about these studies, please see AANA
CRNAs have a longstanding commitment to high standards in a demanding field and as independently licensed health professionals; CRNAs are responsible and accountable for their practice.
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