Anesthetist is an advanced practice registered nurse who
administers anesthetics to patients undergoing medical,
dental, surgical, and obstetrical procedures.
of the Nurse Anesthetist
According to the American Association of
preoperative patient and family teaching.
upcoming medical procedures and anesthesia to
and test the medical equipment they will need to
prescribed solutions and start intravenous
injections, as well as general, regional, and
prescribed anesthetics and medications.
a patientís airway and pulmonary status using
current practice modalities.
patients to ensure that anesthesia is maintained.
patients for warning signs during anesthesia and
assist attending physicians with emergency
procedures if necessary by providing air-way
of emergency fluids and drugs, and using basic or
advanced cardiac life support techniques.
each patientís condition before, during, and
after the surgery.
patient from a post-anesthesia care area and
provide post-anesthesia follow-up evaluation and
acute and chronic pain management modalities.
2001) and (Qualifications, 2001)
pay: Figures range from $70,000 to $94,000 a year.
(Q&A: A Career in Nurse Anesthesia, 2001) and (Guttman,
to be a Nurse Anesthetist:
A bachelorís of science in nursing or other appropriate
baccalaureate degree is required. Licensure as a registered
nurse, and working in an acute care setting for at
least a year, although most sources imply requirement of 2-3
years, is also required. To become a Certified Nurse
Anesthetist, a student must attend an anesthesia masterís
program. This includes 24-36 months of course work, and 800
or more clinical hours of experience. Courses include
anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, biochemistry,
chemistry, physics and pharmacology as related to
national certification exam by the American Association of
Nurse Anesthetists must be passed. Recertification and
continuing education is required every two years thereafter.
(Virginia Health Careers '96-'98, 1997) and (Nurse
Anesthetists at a Glance, 2001)
Chance to be involved
with the patient from the beginning to the end of treatment.
would I work?
- Dental Offices
- U.S. Military
- Emergency Rooms
- Pain clinics
You are not alone!
There are 27,000 practicing Nurse Anesthetists in the United
(Nurse Anesthetists at a Glance, 2001)