WHO ARE CRNAs?
Research shows that Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) are the most cost-effective anesthesia providers with an exceptional safety record. In today’s changing healthcare environment, patients want healthcare delivered with personal care, at a lower cost, with a high degree of confidence. CRNAs deliver all of these.
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) are highly educated anesthesia professionals who provide the full range of anesthesia
and pain management services. As advanced practice registered
nurses, CRNAs have been providing anesthesia in the United States
for more than 150 years, long before the CRNA credential came into existence in 1956.
CRNAs provide anesthesia in collaboration with surgeons, dentists, podiatrists, anesthesiologists, and other qualified healthcare
professionals. When anesthesia is administered by a nurse
anesthetist, it is recognized as the practice of nursing; when
administered by an anesthesiologist, it is recognized as the practice
of medicine. Regardless of whether their educational background
is in nursing or medicine, all anesthesia professionals give
anesthesia the same way.