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Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
Transcript of Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
CRNAs administer anesthesia before, during, and after surgical, therapeutic, diagnostic, and obstetrical procedures.
Provide pain management.
During the procedure the nurse anesthetist monitors the patients vital signs to make sure the patient is getting the correct amount of anesthesia.
After surgery, the CRNA is responsible for waking the patient up.
As the aging population requires more surgeries, the need for nurse anesthetists will increase.
The employement rate is expected to grow 25% between 2012 and 2022.
Most hospitals and clinics prefer to hire a CRNA rather than an anesthesiologist because it is less expensive to pay them.
In fact, nurse anesthetists are the sole providers of anesthesia in 2/3 of rural hospitals.
This profession has been around for 150 years, therefore, there is high job security.
Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
by: Angela Shvachka
CRNA inducing a pediatric patient in Belize by mask inhalation.
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Obtain a bachelors of science and nursing.
Obtain State Licensure as a Registered Nurse by passing the National Counseling Licencing Exam for registered nurses (NCLEX-RN).
Obtain at least one year of professional, hands-on experience in critical care nursing wither in the intensive care unit (ICU), cardiac care unit (CCU), or surgical intensive care unit (SICU).
After gaining experience you can apply to a graduate nurse anesthesia program to obtain your masters (about 2-3 years of additional schooling).
In Oregon, CRNA schooling is only available at OHSU. Some of the best CRNA schools in the nation are...
U.S. Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing, VA
Commonwealth University Master of Science Nursing Anesthesia Degree, Richmond, VA (Rank unchanged)
Virginia Commonwealth University MSNA-DNAP Combined Degree, Richmond, VA (Rank unchanged)
Virginia Commonwealth University Doctor of Nursing Anesthesia Practice Degree, Richmond, VA (Rank unchanged)
That's an hourly wage of about $79 an hour.
Nurse anesthetist is one of the top paid nursing careers. They can make as much or even more than some doctors.
CRNAs can work 12 hours or longer at times, CRNAs working in hospitals may work longer shifts while CRNAs in clinics would have shorter and more regular hours.
CRNAs are usually expected to work some nights, and be on call a few times a month.
It is common for CRNAs to work more the 40 hours a week.
"Nurse anesthetists, like other health care professionals, can experience occupational hazards of stress, burnout, compassion fatigue, and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Self care is important, along with learning healthy coping mechanisms in both your personal and professional life." -American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
Pros (+) and Cons (-) of being a CRNA...
I interviewed Natalie Kramer, CRNA that works for Kaiser. This was her response:
"-Pros of my job: Challenging, constantly changing, entertaining, variety of patients, good income, benefits and it is fun.
-Cons: working nights, weekends, holidays.
- My favorite part of being a CRNA is getting to provide anesthesia to patients and deciding what type of anesthesia to provide for them. "
Overall about 90% of nurse anesthetists are satisfied with their career. It is a demanding profession but nurse anesthetists are well compensated for what they do.
Having volunteered at a hospital and jobshadowed a CRNA, I am convinced this is the medical career I want to go into. It does require a lot of responsibility, time, and effort to dedicate yourself to becoming a CRNA. On the other hand, I believe that in the end it is well worth it. It is a career where I will be able to interact with medical staff and patients daily! Most importantly, I enjoy being in the operating room and I find anesthesia interesting. Therefore I can't wait!!!!