A nurse anesthetist specializes in administering pain-relieving drugs and anesthesia. A nurse anesthetist has advanced training and education and is qualified to give anesthesia for all surgeries and procedures. Nurse anesthetists provide pain relief and protect and regulate your critical life functions during surgery, after surgery, and in critical or emergency situations. A nurse anesthetist typically:
Evaluates your physical condition and readiness for surgery
Collaborates and consults with other members of your medical and surgical teams
Orders and interprets laboratory tests and X-rays
Develops anesthesia plans and selects anesthetic medications
Administers pain-relieving drugs and local, regional and general anesthesia
Monitors, protects and regulates your vital signs and critical life functions during and after surgeries and procedures that require anesthesia or deep sedation
Manages and treats surgical and anesthesia complications and conditions that threaten the airway or breathing
A nurse anesthetist may also be known as a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA), anaesthetic nurse, or anesthesiologist nurse.
There are 57979 specialists practicing Nurse Anesthesiology in the United States with an overall average rating of 4.1 stars. There are 209 hospitals in the United States with affiliated Nurse Anesthesiology specialists, including Saint Francis Medical Center, CHI St. Alexius Health Dickinson Medical Center and Oroville Hospital.