Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)

Certified Registered Nurse AnesthetistCertified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) are registered nurses who have completed a nurse anesthesia educational program accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) and have passed a national certification examination to receive the professional designation of certified registered nurse anesthetist.

CRNAs are professional, highly qualified, licensed advanced practice registered nurses. Nurse Anesthetists have been providing safe anesthesia care for nearly 150 years. CRNAs are the sole anesthesia providers in more than two-thirds of all rural hospitals in the United States, affording some 70 million rural Americans access to anesthesia. CRNAs are a critical resource especially in the rural and medically underserved counties. CRNAs play a critical role in the delivery of anesthesia services for critical access hospitals in Minnesota.

CRNAs are trained to administer all types of anesthetics including general, regional and sedation services. In addition, CRNAs provide labor epidural services as well as pain management, trauma stabilization services. CRNAs may work in collaboration with surgeons, obstetricians, dentists, podiatrists and anesthesiologists.


Further Reading

American Association of Nurse Anesthetists

Minnesota Association of Nurse Anesthetists