Nurse anesthetists are a vital part of an operating room team. As a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) you will have a promising and rewarding career, as well as helping patients get through surgical procedures safely and without pain. A career as a Registered Nurse is challenging and deciding to continue your education to become a CRNA is one that will open up new doors or opportunity and experience for you.
CRNA Jobs are in Demand
According to the Mayo Clinic, over 36,000 CRNA work in the US today and the demand is growing. The website also states CRNAs make an average of $102,000 annually. Many graduates of CRNA programs are recruited right out of school. CRNAs work in hospitals, but you can also choose to work in regional medical centers, clinics, and as a freelancer. In many rural areas of the country, you will be working on your own as the only member of the anesthesia team. There are many career paths you can take, but no matter which one you choose you will be in high demand and earn a very lucrative salary.
Patient Safety and Peace of Mind
A CRNA ensures the patients under her care are safe and experience the minimal amount of pain during procedures. Before surgery a CRNA will consult and talk with the patient as well as answer any questions they may have. During surgery a CRNA will monitor the patient’s vital signs and anesthesia. After surgery a CRNA will help the patient be comfortable with the administration of medication to keep them as pain free as possible. Knowing a CRNA will be monitoring them and keeping them safe gives patients peace of mind and helps to alleviate the fear and anxiety facing surgery may cause.
Getting Career Advice
The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) provides resources for CRNAs develop their careers. Membership in the AANA will help you keep up on all of the changes in the field and breaking news affecting CRNAs. If you are considering going back to school and getting the education you need to become a CRNA, talk to fellow nurses about their careers. Ask them if they think it was worth it, and more than likely the answer will be yes. CRNAs have a bright future in the medical world, and can ensure the safety and comfort of patients.