Scope of Practice

CRNAs perform all types of anesthesia for all types of cases. CRNAs are also educated and trained to exercise independent judgment and to respond quickly to anesthetic emergencies. CRNAs are not required to work with an anesthesiologist.

CRNAs practice with a significant degree of autonomy and are qualified to administer all types of anesthesia including general and regional anesthesia, local and conscious sedation, monitored anesthesia care, and pain management. They are trained to provide anesthesia to patients of all ages for all types of surgery, from simple to the most complex cases. The ability to make independent judgments and provide multiple anesthetic techniques is critical to meeting an array of patient and surgical needs.

CRNAs provide anesthetics to patients in cooperation with surgeons, anesthesiologists, dentists, podiatrists and other qualified healthcare professionals. CRNAs practice with a high degree of autonomy. The laws of every state permit CRNAs to work with physicians (such as surgeons) or other authorized healthcare professionals.