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Nursing Jobs: Nurse Anesthetist

Nursing Jobs: Nurse Anesthetist


A nurse anesthetist is a specialized Registered Nurse who has undergone extra training and certification to administer anesthesia. They may be involved in minor surgery, labor and delivery, and during diagnostic procedures. They are trained to care for the patient before, during, and after the procedure and handle any related emergencies such as; airway management. The official title for this type of nurse is Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist or CRNA.

Job Description

  • Patient care prior to surgery including; patient intake, history, medications, and allergies

  • Performs initial patient assessment and obtains vital signs

  • Prepares patient for anesthesia

  • Administers anesthesia before procedure and monitors anesthesia for acceptable levels during procedure

  • Monitors patient in Post-Op recovery

How To Become A Nurse Anesthetist?

Educational Requirements

According to The American Association of Nurse Anesthetiststhe required education is as follows:

  • Bachelor of Science Degree

  • Current RN licensure in your state

  • Graduation for an accredited School of Nursing Anesthesia that offers a Master's Degree

  • Clinical training in a campus or large community hospital

  • Passing score on the national certification examination for CRNA

It takes a nurse anesthetist about 7 years of education combined with working experience for a total of 2,500 hours of preparation.


Job Outlook And Opportunities

Nursing jobs that employ a nurse anesthetist are plenty. Nurse anesthetists can administer epidural injections in labor and delivery, work in hospital and outpatient surgery centers, and doctors offices. This career field is expected to grow 31% in the years 2012 to 2022, which is much faster than average. They are adding over 47,000 nurse anesthetists to the field during this time period.


According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average annual pay for a Nurse Anesthetist is $96,460. This equals around $46.37 per hour.


Average Pay:                                                   $96,460

Education:                                                        Master's Degree

Number of Jobs 2012:                                   151,400

Employment growth 2012-2022:               31%

On-the-Job-Training:                                   1,651 Clinical Hours

Work Experience:                                           Current Practice as a Registered Nurse