What's a CRNA?

CRNAs (Certified registered Nurse anesthetists) are Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) who safely administer nearly 50 million anesthetics in the United States every year.  Nurses have been providing anesthesia for patients for over 150 years. The CRNA (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist) credential came into existence in 1956 and Nurse Anesthetists have been board certified ever since. CRNAs are registered nurses who have chosen to become experts in the field of anesthesiology and by 2022 all Nurse Anesthesia educational programs will be doctoral level. 

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