Nurse Anesthetist

A Nurse Anesthetist gives anesthesia and provides anesthesia-related care to patients before, during, and after surgery.

HIGH DEMAND

Nurse Anesthetists are in demand due to the aging US population and the growing number of surgical procedures performed in ambulatory surgical centers and doctors’ offices.

Required education
MSN
Average annual salary
Attributes
Fast-paced
React and make decisions quickly in demanding conditions.
Higher Salary
Earn more by having advanced skills and responsibilities.
Independent
Work on your own or even start your own practice, in some states.
Patient-facing
Work hands-on, directly with patients.
Structured
Follow a routine that allows you to anticipate and prepare for every situation.
Varied
Take on different tasks, patients, and situations every day.
This is the highest-earning nursing specialty. It allows you to practice on your own in some states or serve as the primary anesthesia provider in rural communities.
What you’ll do
What you’ll do

Administration

You’ll give anesthetics and epidurals, and monitor breathing, temperature, heart rate, and other vital signs.

Collaboration

You’ll be the liaison between the doctor, and various healthcare departments involved in the procedure.

Documentation

You’ll take patient histories and get consent before any procedures.

Education

You’ll teach patients and their families about the effects and adverse reactions of anesthesia.

Treatment

You’ll take care of patients pre and post-surgery, helping them with recovery and pain management.

Where you’ll work
  • Ambulatory surgical centers
  • Dental centers
  • Doctors’ offices
  • Hospitals
  • Outpatient care centers
  • Your own practice in some states
Hear what Nurse Anesthetists have to say
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  • My life as a Nurse Anesthetist

    Hear from Thomas, DNP, APN/CRNA as he highlights what it's like to be a Nurse Anesthetist

How to become a Nurse Anesthetist

02

Pass the NCLEX-RN and work as a Registered Nurse.

04

Gain at least a years’ experience in Acute Care.

05

Pass the Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist exam

through the National Board of Certification & Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists.

06

You’re ready to work as a Nurse Anesthetist.

Join an Organization
Become a member of a Nurse Anesthetist organization to find career opportunities, learn from your colleagues, and support the profession.
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