Nurse Anesthetists

The Career Path for a Nurse Anesthetist

A nurse anesthetist is an advanced practice registered nurse specially trained in administering anesthesia to patients. Such nurses are often called Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists, or CRNAs. To be a CRNA, a nurse must have a graduate degree and be board certified in anesthesia. According to the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, nurse anesthetists are the oldest nurse specialty group in the United States and are still the primary anesthesia caregivers to military men and women at home and overseas. They are also among the most extensively trained and highest paid nurses.

Preparation Path

  • GET YOUR BSN
  • PASS YOUR NCLEX AND BECOME AN RN
  • WORK AT LEAST ONE YEAR AS AN RN IN AN ACUTE CARE SETTING
  • GET YOUR MSN
  • PASS THE NCE/BECOME A CRNA

$165,000 - $175,000

Annual Salary Range

Typical Tasks

  • Administer anesthesia and related care before, during and after surgery

Education Requirements

BSN, MSN

Employment Settings

  • Hospitals (especially the OR and ER)
  • Outpatient facilities
  • Pain clinics
  • Physician’s offices
  • Military hospitals

Certification

RN, CRNA, plus continuous education and recertification