MSN Certified Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Specialization

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What Does a Nurse Anesthetist Do?

Personnel administering anesthesia play key roles in preventing pain and preserving life. A nurse anesthetist is a nurse who has accumulated extra years of training and is allowed to administer anesthesia under the observation of a board-certified anesthesiologist.

This profession requires a high level of alertness, attention to details, leadership and decision-making abilities, and communication skills. Anesthesiology represents a critical, delicate node of patient care, and is a career many choose due to the benefits of a good salary, job security, daily patient interaction, professional respect, and the ability to work with and learn from a wide variety of medical professionals from other fields.

While responsibilities of certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNA) vary by work setting, many CRNAs perform the following:

If you are passionate about patient care and safety, now might be the right time to pursue this important and rewarding career.

Are There Subspecialities Within The Field?

Below is a list of a variety of specialties that CRNAs can work in, according to the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA):

Critical Care

This is for the nurse anesthetist who would like to work with victims of acute trauma in need of critical care. They typically work in the ERs and ICUs of hospitals and must care for patients over long periods of time, as well as patients with multiple organ dysfunctions/failures.

Hospice and Palliative Medicine

This is for the nurse anesthetist who wishes to improve the life quality and relieve the suffering of terminally-ill patients during the end of their lives.

Pain Medicine

This is for the nurse anesthetist who enjoys working with and helping to relieve the pain of a variety of patients in inpatient and outpatient settings, including patients dealing with acute, chronic, and cancer-related pain.

Pediatric Anesthesiology

This is for a nurse who specializes in administering anesthesia to patients in the early years of their lives. They also provide appropriate pre- and post- operative care for this group of patients.