Nurse Anesthetists are registered nurses with sufficient experience in the clinical setting and the power to administer anaesthesia to patients during surgery. Since there are only few physicians with specialty on anesthesiology compared to the surgical cases that pile up in the operating room list in hospitals, registered nurses are now allowed to administer the medication provided that they are well trained and educated. Among the many other nursing field specialties that are available today, the nurse anesthetists are one of the highest earning registered nurses in the industry.
To be able to acquire this type of career, one has to finish the course of Bachelor of Science in Nursing and be registered in the state where the individual wants to practice. Once registered, the nurse needs to practice in an acute health care setting for a year before he or she can get the degree in nurse anaesthetist. Once finished with anaesthesia nursing, the professional still needs to become board-certified under the National Board on Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA). After passing the exam, one will earn the title of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist and can start practicing in the surgical field as assistants to surgeons.
CRNA needs to be recertified every two years and in order for them to gain recertification, they need to have continuing education units as part of the requirements in renewing their license as CRNA. The scope of practice of the CRNA depends on the state laws. Some states require supervision of anesthesiologist before a CRNA can work. In some places, CRNA's work independently and they do not need much supervision because they have already passed education and training requirements.
The nurse anesthetist career is very competitive today. The demand for these professionals continue to increase as the need for more health care workers also grows in number. They can earn up to $150,000 annually depending on the health care setting they are going to work under. CRNA is in demand in the armed forces especially if it is wartime. They are the ones deployed to military hospitals especially is there is shortage of doctors. They work to tend to war victims and perform surgeries like physicians so.