Certified Registered Nurse AnesthetistJob Description, Salary, Career Path, and Trends

Certified registered nurse anesthetists are advanced registered nurses with graduate-level degrees that provide anesthetics to patients in surgeries and other medical procedures. Registered nurses in this position will need good communication and problem-solving skills to work efficiently with other doctors and medical personnel. 

Certified registered nurse anesthetists are responsible for providing pain medication before, during, and after surgery. To succeed in this position, certified registered nurse anesthetists need to have an advanced understanding of pharmacology and physiology to be able to safely administer anesthesia. 

This career path is deemed to be very rewarding with higher compensation and more independent thinking when emergencies arise. Certified registered nurse anesthetists may sub-specialize in pediatrics, dental, plastic surgery, critical care, obstetric, or pain management, allowing workers to focus on areas they’re more passionate about.

Sample job description #1

The CRNA administers anesthetic care for the purpose of facilitating diagnostic, therapeutic, and surgical procedures.

Responsibilities:

  • Performs and documents a pre-anesthetic assessment and evaluation of the patient
  • Develops and implements an anesthetic plan of care, including monitoring modalities, and post-anesthesia follow-up evaluation and care
  • Selects, obtains, and administers the anesthetic plan of care, including induction, maintenance, and emergence phase anesthesia
  • Recognizes alterations in physiologic responses to the surgical procedure and/or the anesthetic, takes appropriate action, and notifies the responsible physician as indicated
  • Other duties as assigned

Required skills:

  • Within scope of job, requires critical thinking skills, decisive judgment, and the ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Must be able to work in a stressful environment
  • Physical Requirements:
  • Requires full range of motion; manual and finger dexterity and eye-hand coordination
  • Requires standing and walking for extensive periods of time and the ability to lift and transport patients
  • Requires corrected hearing and vision to normal range
  • Requires some exposure to communicable diseases or bodily fluids
  • Ability to work under extreme pressure
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Follows standard precautions using personal protective equipment as required

Requirements:

  • Must have a current licensure as a registered nurse (RN) and a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) from the Florida Board of Nursing
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) required
  • Graduate of accredited CRNA program

Sample job description #2

The Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) in Anesthesiology under the direct supervision of an attending anesthesiologist, administers or assists with the administration of anesthesia for patients of all ages who are undergoing surgery, radiologic procedures, or any procedure requiring anesthesia. CRNAs will be involved in all aspects of perioperative care including pre-operative assessment, initiation and maintenance of general and/or regional anesthesia, sedation, airway management, emergence, and post-anesthesia care.

Minimum requirements

  • Graduation from a program of nurse anesthesia approved by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA)
  • Satisfactory completion of the qualifying examination of the Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists (CCNA)
  • Current satisfaction of the requirements for recertification by the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA)
  • Prefer previous pediatric anesthesia experience and/or pediatric nursing experience.

Licenses certifications required

  • Current CA RN license; Current CA Nurse Anesthetist certification, PALS and BLS through American Heart Association

Sample job description #3

We have an exciting opportunity to join our team as a Certified RN Anesthetist.

In this role, the successful candidate Administers anesthesia under the supervision of the Attending Anesthesiologist, administers local, inhalation, intravenous, and other anesthetics prescribed during surgery, deliveries or other medical procedures. Institutes resuscitative procedures throughout the hospital, including the recovery room and is available at all times while on duty.

Job responsibilities

  • Performs Complete Pre-Anesthetic Assessment. Includes significant laboratory data. Includes important aspects of patient history and physical. Aware of and fully comprehends history, physical, and laboratory data. Establishes good rapport with patients. Anticipates needs and possible problems. Takes initiative and functions independently. Review ID upon receiving patient, name and DOB. Respects patients rights
  • Appropriately Prepares for Case Management. Assembles all essential equipment in an orderly manner. Has equipment ready and in working condition to safely administer anesthesia. Demonstrates knowledge of anticipated needs. Uses universal safety precautions. Label and properly store syringes
  • Appropriately Prepares Anesthetic Management. Plan of care is developed in systematic manner based upon assessment, interpretation and anticipated procedure. Recognizes patient difficulties. Communicates information clearly and logically with Attending. Displays knowledge of current anesthetic principles in selecting anesthetic techniques
  • Demonstrates Professional Competence in Managing Anesthetic. Appropriate airway management. Exhibits safe and comfortable technical ability. Recognizes problems and takes appropriate corrective action (including seeking consultation). Demonstrates good judgment in emergency situation. Provides patient with safe and comfortable anesthetic. Aware of surgical events taking place. Keeps accurate record of pertinent information. Adapts with composure to changing situations. Coordinates with appropriate health care providers
  • Provides Competent Post Anesthetic Management. Verifies with the PACU RN the patients first and last name on the ID bracelet. Maintains patient airway. Shows attentiveness to physiological needs. Provides full report to recovery person. Completes all records. Evaluates and resolves patient pain status. All medication and syringes properly disposed of. Takes care of equipment
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum qualifications

To qualify you must have a MS degree. Current NYS RN License, CRNA Certification or GRNA certificate with letter qualifying to sit for the national boards. BLS and ACLS certification

Required Licenses: CRNA-Certified RN Anesthetist, Registered Nurse License

Average salary and compensation

The average salary for a CRNA is $165,000 annually. This will vary based on your location. Work experience and education level can also cause some variance in annual salary.

LocationSalary LowSalary High
Phoenix, Arizona$173,745$212,355
Los Angeles, California$196,020$239,580
Denver, Colorado$163,350$199,650
Washington, DC$198,990$243,210
Miami, Florida$162,608$198,743
Orlando, Florida$149,985$183,315
Tampa, Florida$151,470$185,130
Atlanta, Georgia$158,895$194,205
Chicago, Illinois$182,655$223,245
Boston, Massachusetts$197,505$241,395
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota$157,410$192,390
New York City, New York$207,900$254,100
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania$169,290$206,910
Dallas, Texas$164,835$201,465
Houston, Texas$164,093$200,558
Seattle, Washington$190,080$232,320
Overall$148,500$181,500

Sample interview questions

  • What is your reason for wanting to become a CRNA?
  • Where did you previously work? Have you worked in high-pressure areas, like in an ICU? If so, what was your experience in the ICU?
  • How do you handle critical situations?
  • How do you manage monitoring the patient during surgery?
  • Why do you want to be in this field of work?
  • What was your most difficult case?
  • What are your most important achievements as a nurse?
  • Which anesthesia agents are you most familiar with?
  • Have you worked with adults and children, or just one or the other?
  • Why are you switching hospitals or departments?  

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