Learn more about Nurse Anesthetists and how to choose the right one for you

Learn more about Nurse Anesthetists

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 392 specialists practicing Nurse Anesthesiology in Oregon with an overall average rating of 4.3 stars. There are 2 hospitals in Oregon with affiliated Nurse Anesthesiology specialists, including Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center and Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center.

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