One of the most lucrative careers within the medical field is a career as a CRNA. A CRNA or a certified registered nurse anesthetist is an advanced practice nurse that oversees that administration and care of a patient that has received anesthesia.

As a CRNA, you will be in charge of the administration of anesthesia and also watching the patient to ensure that everything is okay while they are under anesthesia. You will have several very important job functions. The first thing that a CRNA does is to assess their patient. This will involve taking the patient’s medical history, asking about any allergic reactions they may have and recording this information within the patient’s chart. The CRNA will also explain the procedure to the patient and answer any questions that they may have. It is also the job of a CRNA to ready the solution of anesthesia and adjust the amounts and types that are to be given to the patient. When administering the anesthesia to the patient, the CRNA may have to adjust the levels that are being given and the intervals that the medicine is being given. The patient must be watched at all times by the CRNA to ensure that all vital signs are normal. If there are any abnormal signs the CRNA will need to alert the doctor immediately. They also will watch the patient until the wake up in the recovery room to ensure their safe return.

CRNA Salary:

The national average CRNA salary is around $160,000 per year. The CRNA is one of the highest paid of all of the advanced practice nurses. The CRNA wage will depend upon several factors including the amount of experience you have, the type of degree you have, the certifications you have, the specialty you work under and more. The region of the United States that you work in is also important. The best CRNA salary can be found in the following states:Ohio,Texas and California. These states offer a CRNA salary that is more than $10,000 to $15,000 above the national average wage. Houston, TX and Denver, CO offers CRNA incomes in excess of $170,000 per year. The specialty that you work in may also increase your salary.

CRNA Education:

The education that is required to become a CRNA will take many years and lots of time to complete. The first part of the educational process is to get a degree as a registered nurse. This process will take you about four years to complete. Once you have completed the registered nurse degree, you will need to work for at least one year in an emergency situation. This must be done before you can enter any of the CRNA programs. Next you will need to complete your graduate degree in anesthesiology. This will take two to three years to complete. Courses of study will include advanced anatomy and physiology, advanced pathophysiology techniques, chemistry, biochemistry, advanced nursing practices, administration of anesthesia, pharmacology and much more. You will work both in class and with real anesthesiologist on site with real patients. Upon graduation, you will need to take the certification test. This test will cost $700 and must be passed before you can begin your career.

CRNA Work Environment:

The work environment for a CRNA is typical of most medical professionals. Most CRNAs work in hospitals and surgical centers. The environment is well lit, well ventilated and nicely maintained. The job will include working in a team environment and working closely with other medical professionals. This will involve discussing treatment options with other persons in the operating room and also making snap decisions that can affect the life of patients. This career will also expose you to several types of infectious diseases so the work you perform must be accurate. You will need to be highly flexible and have a good bedside manner. The work schedule for a CRNA can vary depending on the type of facility that you work in. Most CRNAs will work long hours. The average work schedule is fifty or more hours per week. Overnight and weekend hours may be a part of the normal schedule and some CRNAs are on call twenty four hours a day.

There are many wonderful things about becoming a CRNA. It is a career that offers one of the highest salaries of all of the nurses. It also offers a way to work in a specialized area that you may really enjoy. Besides the great salary that it offers, it also offers a higher than normal growth rate in the job market. What does this mean for you? It means that there will always be new jobs being added to the market and you will always have a choice of the jobs that you want to take. This makes starting this career a great choice.

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